In-service demonstration of electromagnetic vibration energy harvesting technologies for heavy haul rail applications

Chandarin Ung, Scott D. Moss, Wing K. Chiu, Owen R. Payne, Luke A. Vandewater, Steve C. Galea

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The dominant vibration frequencies exhibited by heavy haul railcars (operating in remote regions of Western Australia) are found to be 5.8 Hz and 14.6 Hz for loaded and unloaded trips respectively. This paper describes the in-service demonstration of two electromagnetic vibration energy harvesting technologies designed to generated power from these railcar vibrations: (i) a coupled two-degree of freedom (2-DoF) device capable of capturing both dominant frequencies of the railcar and (ii) a hybrid rotary-translational harvester device based on a magnetic sphere capable of harvesting from 6 Hz. The two devices were laboratory tested prior to mounting on a heavy railcar for in-service demonstration. Within the laboratory the coupled 2-DoF device was found to produce a maximum peak output power of 350 mW from 0.4 g root-mean-square (rms) acceleration at 15 Hz and 230 mW from 6 Hz. The hybrid rotary-translational device based on an oscillating magnetic sphere can produce 138 mW from host vibration of 0.4 g rms at 5.4 Hz. This paper will discuss and compare the performance of the two prototypes, both within the laboratory and during the in-service demonstration on a heavy heal railcar.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE: The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsKevin M Farinholt, Steven F Griffin
Place of PublicationBellingham Washington USA
Pages1 - 12
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781628415360
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventSPIE Smart Structures and Materials and Non-destructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring 2015 - San Diego, United States of America
Duration: 9 Mar 201510 Mar 2015


ConferenceSPIE Smart Structures and Materials and Non-destructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
CitySan Diego
OtherProceedings Volume 9433, Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies 2015; 94330Z (2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2084424
Event: SPIE Smart Structures and Materials + Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring, 2015, San Diego, California, United States
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