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Energy harvesting from airflow excited oscillations

Grant number: 11/05417-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2012
Effective date (End): January 31, 2013
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Aerospace Engineering - Aerospace Structures
Principal Investigator:Carlos de Marqui Junior
Grantee:Wander Gustavo Rocha Vieira
Host Institution: Escola de Engenharia de São Carlos (EESC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


For the past years, there has been an increase in research in the area of vibration based energy harvesting. The main motivation is to provide electrical energy for remotely operated systems with limited energy sources. Different transduction mechanisms can be used for vibration to electricity conversion. However, the piezoelectric one has received the most attention due to the easy of use and power density it provides. Although aeroelastic phenomena are usually avoided, the conversion of aeroelastic vibrations into electrical energy is a powerful option for wind energy harvesting. In this proposal, the main goal is the investigation of the interaction of piezoelectric energy harvesting and a nonlinear aeroelastic plate, providing a useful broadband wind energy harvester. This is a valuable research field that has not been covered so far. The interaction of piezoelectric energy harvesting and the nonlinear behavior can have interesting aspects for energy conversion and also for aeroelastic vibrations control. An electromechanically coupled nonlinear finite element model will be presented. The von Karman large deflection strain-displacement relations will be considered. Roger's approximation will be used to obtain the unsteady aerodynamic loads. The harmonic balance method will be used to solve the nonlinear piezoaeroelastic equations. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from State of São Paulo Research Institutions)
VIEIRA, Wander Gustavo Rocha. Energy harvesting study of nonlinear oscillation induced by the flow in a finite wing. 2013. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Escola de Engenharia de São Carlos (EESC/SBD) São Carlos.

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