A digital energy harvester that captures electrical energy from complicated random or multimodal vibrations is proposed. The novel energy harvester is digital, autonomous, and controlled by a self-powered microprocessor. The digital self-powered microprocessor automatically and synchronously changes the circuit components with the vibration phase, and can therefore achieve autonomous harvesting. The multifunctional and self-controlled microprocessor is only driven by the voltage of the piezoelectric transducer, and no external power is required. The harvester exhibits great potential and versatility and is applicable to many machines and devices.
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Digital Energy Harvester for Random or Multimodal Structural Vibrations
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Makihara, K, & Yamamoto, Y. "Digital Energy Harvester for Random or Multimodal Structural Vibrations." Proceedings of the ASME 2013 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems. Volume 2: Mechanics and Behavior of Active Materials; Structural Health Monitoring; Bioinspired Smart Materials and Systems; Energy Harvesting. Snowbird, Utah, USA. September 16–18, 2013. V002T07A003. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/SMASIS2013-3050
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