Conventional method of measuring the mechanical properties of rotating machinery is to couple sensors on the machine through a slip ring, which is a non-trivial, expensive, lengthy and manpower intensive process. An alternative to this is to use a contactless RF slip ring which has no physical wear and hence no maintenance. But application of contactless RF slip ring is possible only if these services are low powered and sensor signals can be multiplexed. With the advance in low powered MEMS sensors, contactless slip ring system can be used. But providing power to these sensors is an issue. One approach would be to harness power from the untapped surrounding energy which could be used to recharge and/or replace battery powered connections. One method to accomplish this is to use piezoelectric materials (PZT) to capture energy lost due to vibration and rotation of the test equipment. This captured energy can then be used to provide uninterrupted power to the appropriate sensors. Focusing our attention on blades, rotating structures will be modeled as cantilever beam. Piezoelectric bimorph attached to the rotating cantilever beam will provide an estimate for the available power that can be used for harvesting.

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