A visco-electric device for vibration energy harvesting on rotorcraft

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Abstract

A vibration energy harvester concept features a damped mechanical oscillator tuned to a specified excitation frequency of the vibrating structure on which it is installed. Vibration energy absorbed through the base of the harvester is dissipated as thermal energy by a viscoelastic material subject to harmonic strain at its natural frequency. Conduction of the dissipated heat to a thermal conductor results in a temperature increase of the conductor. Heat flow from the conductor element to an ambient-temperature heat sink is used to generate electrical power by means of a thermoelectric generator placed between the heated and ambient-temperature surfaces. A realization of the visco-electric harvester design is proposed, and an engineering model is developed to describe its behavior. The thermal energy output of the elastomer and steady-state temperature of the conductor element are calculated for different sets of physical properties and used to predict the electrical energy output of the device. A nominal steady-state electrical energy output of 3 mW at 4.1 VDC is predicted for a notional device.

Original languageEnglish (US)
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Event22nd AIAA/ASME/AHS Adaptive Structures Conference - SciTech Forum and Exposition 2014 - National Harbor, MD, United States
Duration: Jan 13 2014Jan 17 2014

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Other22nd AIAA/ASME/AHS Adaptive Structures Conference - SciTech Forum and Exposition 2014
CountryUnited States
CityNational Harbor, MD
Period1/13/141/17/14

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials

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