Title page for ETD etd-05192003-150202

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Eggborn, Timothy
URN etd-05192003-150202
Title Analytical Models to Predict Power Harvesting with Piezoelectric Materials
Degree Master of Science
Department Mechanical Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Inman, Daniel J. Committee Chair
Leo, Donald J. Committee Member
Robertshaw, Harry H. Committee Member
  • power harvesting model piezoelectric analytical
Date of Defense 2003-05-07
Availability unrestricted
With piezoceramic materials, it is possible to harvest power from vibrating structures. It has been proven that micro- to milliwatts of power can be generated from vibrating systems. We develop definitive, analytical models to predict the power generated from a cantilever beam and cantilever plate. Harmonic oscillations and random noise will be the two different forcing functions used to drive each system. The predictive models are validated by being compared to experimental data. A parametric study is also performed in an attempt to optimize the cantilever beam system’s power generation capability.
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