This paper investigates energy harvesting from arterial blood pressure via the piezoelectric effect by using a novel
streaked cylinder geometry for the purpose of powering embedded micro-sensors in the brain. Initially, we look
at the energy harvested by a piezoelectric cylinder placed inside an artery acted upon by blood pressure. Such
an arrangement would be tantamount to constructing a stent out of piezoelectric materials. A stent is a cylinder
placed in veins and arteries to prevent obstruction in blood flow. The governing equations of a conductor coated
piezoelectric cylinder are obtained using Hamilton’s principle. Pressure acting in arteries is radially directed and
this is used to simplify the modal analysis and obtain the transfer function relating pressure to the induced voltage
across the surface of the harvester. The power harvested by the cylindrical harvester is obtained for different
Radially directed pressure occurs elsewhere and we also look at harvesting energy from oil flow in pipelines.
Although the energy harvested by the cylindrical energy harvester is significant at resonance, the natural frequency
of the system is found to be very high. To decrease the natural frequency, we propose a novel streaked stent
design by cutting it along the length, transforming it to a curved plate and decreasing the natural frequency.
The governing equations corresponding to the new geometry are derived using Hamilton’s principle and modal
analysis is used to obtain the transfer function.
Aditya Nanda and M. Amin Karami, "Energy harvesting from arterial blood pressure for powering embedded brain sensors," Proc. SPIE 9803, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2016, 98032Z (Presented at SPIE Smart Structures and Materials + Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring: March 24, 2016; Published: 20 April 2016); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2219234.
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