29 March 2013 Multi-source energy harvesting for wireless SHM systems
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In wireless SHM systems, energy harvesting technology is essential for a reliable long-term energy supply for wireless sensors. Conventional wireless SHM systems using single source energy harvesting (vibration, solar, and etc.) have limitations because it could not be operated adequately without enough ambient energy present. To overcome this obstacle, multi-source energy harvesting which utilizes several ambient energy sources simultaneously is necessary to accumulate enough electrical energy to power wireless embedded sensor nodes. This study proposes a multi-source energy harvesting technique using a MISO (Multiple Input, Single Output) circuit board developed and studied by the authors. For multi-source energy harvesting, piezoelectric bimorph and electro-magnetic energy harvesters are excited at the first natural frequency of each harvester, 126.7 and 12.5 Hz, respectively. Then, generated voltage from each energy harvester is combined using the MISO circuit and then used to charge a 0.1 F capacitor. Combined energy harvesting results presented better performance than that of a single energy source, demonstrating that this multi-source system could be a promising energy harvesting solution for wireless sensing systems.
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Mijin Choi, Mijin Choi, Kevin M. Farinholt, Kevin M. Farinholt, Steven Anton, Steven Anton, Jung-Ryul Lee, Jung-Ryul Lee, Gyuhae Park, Gyuhae Park, } "Multi-source energy harvesting for wireless SHM systems", Proc. SPIE 8690, Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies 2013, 869008 (29 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2011883; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2011883
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