In this article, the concept of simultaneous noise filtering and energy harvesting are fused to propose metamaterial (MetaWall) bricks made of rubber-metal-concrete composite, as an industrial building material. The MetaWall bricks are capable of filtering acoustics noises more effectively than conventional barriers while harvesting the electrical energy from the trapped acoustic pressure generated by the sound and vibration. MetaWall bricks are made of Acousto-Elastic Metamaterial (AEMM) unit cells as energy harvesting component in the wall. A unit AEMM cell of the brick consists of the concrete exterior, soft rubber inclusions and hard metallic resonators. To exploit the local resonance of the resonator and recover the trapped strain energy in the soft constituents of AEMM, piezoelectric wafers are placed inside each AEMM unit cell. The primary objective of the work is to examine the performance of the MetaWall bricks. A prototype of the MetaWall brick is simulated to verify the concept. The results show that the model could generate about 1.73mW power under 10KΩ resistive load.
Energy harvesters primarily depend on on a groups of unit cells to harvest energy at broadband frequencies so that each unit cell is responsible to harvest energy at a distinct frequency. Other design complexity, space, and financial profusion are required for transferring from unit-frequency to multi-frequency energy scavenging. Also, it is very unlikely to obtain expected power output if the available vibration source doesn’t match the designed loading condition (usually, unidirectional) of the device and requires rearrangement of the base structure to have projected output. In this paper we model the unique feature of acoustic metamaterial (AM), which is not only able to harvest energy at multiple frequencies using only a unit cell device, but also able to harvest energy under a variety of uncoupled (unidirectional) and coupled (multi-directional) vibration environments with an identical base structure arrangement.