Reference : Strongly-coupled modelling and analysis of energy harvesting devices
Scientific congresses, symposiums and conference proceedings : Unpublished conference
Engineering, computing & technology : Mechanical engineering
Computational Sciences
Strongly-coupled modelling and analysis of energy harvesting devices
Zilian, Andreas mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC) > Engineering Research Unit >]
from 07-02-2016 to 11-02-2016
TU Braunschweig
[en] A specific class of energy harvester devices for renewable energy resources is investigated, that allow conversion of ambient fluid flow energy to electrical energy via flow-induced vibrations of a piezo-ceramic composite structure positioned in the flow field. In this way, potentially harmful flow fluctuations are harnessed to provide independent power supply to small electri- cal devices. In order to harvest energy from fluid flows by means of piezoelectric materials the kinetic energy of the fluid first has to be transformed to cyclic straining energy of the piezoelectric material which is then transformed to electrical energy under the presence of an attached electrical circuit representing the powered electrical device or charged battery.
This energy converter technology simultaneously involves the interaction of a composite struc- ture and a surrounding fluid, the electric charge accumulated in the piezo-ceramic material and a controlling electrical circuit. In order to predict the efficiency and operational properties of such future devices and to increase their robustness and performance, a mathematical and nu- merical model of the complex physical system is required to allow systematic computational investigation of the involved phenomena and coupling characteristics.
A monolithic approach is proposed that provides simultaneous modelling and analysis of the harvester, which involves surface-coupled fluid-structure interaction, volume-coupled electro- mechanics and a controlling energy harvesting circuit for applications in energy harvesting. A space-time finite element approximation is used for numerical solution of the weighted residual form of the governing equations of the flow-driven piezoelectric energy harvesting device. This method enables time-domain investigation of different types of structures (plate, shells) subject to exterior/interior flow with varying cross sections, material compositions, and attached electrical circuits with respect to the electrical power output generated.
European Commission - EC ; Fonds National de la Recherche - FnR

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