Vibration energy harvesting for aircraft, trains and boats

Genevieve A Hart, Scott D. Moss, Dylan J. Nagle, George Jung, Alan R. Wilson, Chandarin Ung, Wing K. Chiu, Greg Crew

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A vibration energy harvesting approach has been developed to harvest energy from low frequency mechanical vibrations (i.e. < 20 Hz). The energy harvester reported consists of an oscillator created using a spherical permanentmagnet, wear-pad and wire coil arrangement. A magnetic restoring force acts on the spherical magnet, and as the magnet oscillates it steers magnetic field through the transducer thereby producing an oscillating charge that can be harvested. Measured stochastic-like vibrations from three different vehicle types (i.e. jet plane, train, and boat) were reproduced on a vibration shaker. The non-optimised energy harvester's response to the three vibration spectra was examined. The largest output was in response to the train vibrations which produced a peak power of 18.5 mW and a longer term RMS power of 1.28 mW.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnual Conference of the Australian Acoustical Society 2013, Acoustics 2013: Science, Technology and Amenity
PublisherAustralian Acoustical Society
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781632662682
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventConference of the Australian Acoustical Society 2013: Science, Technology and Amenity - McCracken Country Club, Victor Harbor, Australia
Duration: 17 Nov 201320 Nov 2013


ConferenceConference of the Australian Acoustical Society 2013
Abbreviated titleACOUSTICS 2013
CityVictor Harbor
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