Scavenging mechanical energy from the deformation of roadways using piezoelectric energy transformers has been intensively explored and exhibits a promising potential for engineering applications. We propose here a new packaging method that exploits MC nylon and epoxy resin as the main protective materials for the piezoelectric energy harvesting (PEH) device. Wheel tracking tests are performed, and an electromechanical model is developed to double evaluate the efficiency of the PEH device. Results indicate that reducing the embedded depth of the piezoelectric chips may enhance the output power of the PEH device. A simple scaling law is established to show that the normalized output power of the energy harvesting system relies on two combined parameters, i.e., the normalized electrical resistive load and normalized embedded depth. It suggests that the output power of the system may be maximized by properly selecting the geometrical, material, and circuit parameters in a combined manner. This strategy might also provide a useful guideline for optimization of piezoelectric energy harvesting system in practical roadway applications.
Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting From Roadways Based on Pavement Compatible Package
Contributed by the Applied Mechanics Division of ASME for publication in the Journal of Applied Mechanics. Manuscript received May 15, 2019; final manuscript received June 26, 2019; published online July 10, 2019. Tech. Editor: Yonggang Huang.
Zhang, H., Huang, K., Zhang, Z., Xiang, T., and Quan, L. (July 10, 2019). "Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting From Roadways Based on Pavement Compatible Package." ASME. J. Appl. Mech. September 2019; 86(9): 091012. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4044140
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