27 March 2018 Self-sensing for robust automatic charge management of dielectric elastomer generators
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Among the main issues with the implementation of Dielectric Elastomer Generators (DEGs) is the need for pre-charging to perform mechanical-to-electrical energy conversion. In cases when energy harvesting has to be performed in an environment with unpredictable characteristics (e.g., wind, waves, human walking), defining the best times for charge injection and energy extraction in a cycle is a non-trivial problem. In this paper, we present a novel Self-Sensing with Peak Detection (SSPD) method to control the charges on the material using capacitive self-sensing techniques, which defines an optimal cycle and requires no knowledge of the mechanical excitation amplitude or frequency. The effectiveness of the approach is proved by means of numerical simulations based on an highly accurate model of the DEG device.
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Plinio Zanini, Plinio Zanini, Gianluca Rizzello, Gianluca Rizzello, Stefan Seelecke, Stefan Seelecke, Jonathan Rossiter, Jonathan Rossiter, Martin Homer, Martin Homer, "Self-sensing for robust automatic charge management of dielectric elastomer generators", Proc. SPIE 10594, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) XX, 105941J (27 March 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2295355; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2295355
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