Utilising Nonlinear Air Damping as a Soft Mechanical Stopper for MEMS Vibration Energy Harvesting
AffiliationUniversity of Cambridge; University of Chester
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AbstractThis paper reports on the theory and experimental verification of utilising air damping as a soft stopper mechanism for piezoelectric vibration energy harvesting to enhance shock resistance. Experiments to characterise device responsiveness under various vibration conditions were performed at different air pressure levels, and a dimensionless model was constructed with nonlinear damping terms included to model PVEH response. The relationship between the quadratic damping coefficient ζ n and air pressure is empirically established, and an optimal pressure level is calculated to trade off harvestable energy and device robustness for specific environmental conditions.
CitationChen, S., Du, S., Arroyo, E., Jia, Y. & Seshia, A. (2016). Utilising nonlinear air damping as a soft mechanical stopper for MEMS vibration energy harvesting. Journal of Physics Conference Series, 773(1).
DescriptionThis document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a published work that appeared in final form in Journal of Physics: Conference Series. To access the final edited and published work see http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/773/1/012098
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