2 April 2015 Transfer matrix modeling of a tensioned piezo-solar hybrid energy harvesting ribbon
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This paper proposes a multifunctional compliant structure that can harvest electrical power from both incident sunlight and ambient mechanical energy including wind flow or vibration. The energy harvesting device consists of a slender, ribbon-like, flexible thin film solar cell that is laminated with piezoelectric patches. The harvester is mounted in longitudinal tension and subjected to a transverse wind flow to excite flow-induced aeroelastic vibrations. This paper formulates an analytic model of the bending dynamics of the device. We present a Transfer Matrix formulation that also accounts for the changes in natural frequencies and mode shapes of the system when subjected to axial loads in a beam. It also observed that mode shape obtained using TMM formulation shows numerical stability even for very high tensile loads providing results consistent with the geometric boundary conditions applied at the ends of a beam. This article also discusses about structurally modeling a piezo - solar energy harvester using TMM methodology, where a thin clampedclamped solar film is bonded with piezo patches having a much higher bending stiffness. Additionally, the effect of axial tension on the mode shape of the thin host structure of the piezo-solar ribbon is presented and it is shown how this tension can be used advantageously to affect the strain distribution of the entire structure and introduce higher strains at the piezo patches.
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Punnag Chatterjee, Punnag Chatterjee, Matthew Bryant, Matthew Bryant, "Transfer matrix modeling of a tensioned piezo-solar hybrid energy harvesting ribbon", Proc. SPIE 9431, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2015, 94310D (2 April 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2086138; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2086138

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