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Topology optimization of vibrational piezoelectric energy harvesters for structural health monitoring applications

Townsend, Scott, Grigg, Stephen, Picelli, Renato, Featherston, Carol and Kim, Hyunsun Alicia 2019. Topology optimization of vibrational piezoelectric energy harvesters for structural health monitoring applications. Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures 30 (18-19) , pp. 2894-2907. 10.1177/1045389X19873392

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Abstract

Aircraft structures exhibit localized vibrations over a wide range of frequencies. Such vibrations can be used to power sensors which then monitor the health of the structure. Conventional vibrational piezoelectric harvesting involves optimizing the harvester for one distinct frequency. The aim of this work is to design a wireless vibrational piezoelectric system capable of energy harvesting in the range of 100–500 Hz by tailoring the resonant behavior of cantilever structures. We herein employ a model capable of predicting the performance of a piezoelectric cantilever retrofit on a structural health monitoring sensor and then formulate a design optimization problem and solve with the level set topology optimization method. The designs are verified through fabrication of experimental prototypes.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
ISSN: 1045-389X
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 11:15
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/125980

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