30 May 2017 Comparison of methods for static charge energy harvesting on aircraft
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In this paper, the possibility of using the static charge that accumulates on aircraft during flight as a source to power monitoring sensors is examined. The assessed methods include using a pair of materials with different air-flow charging rates, contact discharging of the fuselage to neutral metallic bodies, charge motion induction by the fuselage field and inductive harvesting of fuselage-to-air corona discharges at static discharge wicks. The installation and potential advantages of each method are discussed. The feasibility of directly charging a storage capacitor from accumulated static charge is studied experimentally, demonstrating a voltage of 25V on a 25nF capacitor.
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M. E. Kiziroglou, M. E. Kiziroglou, Th. Becker, Th. Becker, E. M. Yeatman, E. M. Yeatman, U. Schmid, U. Schmid, J. W. Evans, J. W. Evans, P. K. Wright, P. K. Wright, } "Comparison of methods for static charge energy harvesting on aircraft", Proc. SPIE 10246, Smart Sensors, Actuators, and MEMS VIII, 102460X (30 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2264890; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2264890

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