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Experimental Power Harvesting from a Pipe Using a Macro Fiber Composite (MFC)

  • Eziwarman
  • G. L. Forbes
  • I. M. Howard
Part of the Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing book series (AINSC, volume 144)

Abstract

Piezoelectric material can be used to transform ambient vibration energy into small amounts of electrical power. As piezoelectric materials have been developing, such as lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT), Quick Pack (QP), macro fiber composite (MFC) and polyvinylidineflouride (PVDF), many researchers have been investigating their applications. This research investigates the possibility of electrical energy being generated by a macro fiber composite (MFC) patch mounted onto the surface of a pipe structure. In addition to the application of MFC, this research investigates the effect of varying load impedance to; the resonance frequency, voltage and electrical power generated by the structure. The results presented are for a large structure where most previous research on power harvesting has been undertaken on much smaller structures.

Keywords

energy harvesting vibration MFC piezoelectric harvesting pipe vibration 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eziwarman
    • 1
    • 2
  • G. L. Forbes
    • 1
  • I. M. Howard
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringCurtin University PerthBentleyAustralia
  2. 2.University of Bung HattaPadangIndonesia

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