This paper investigates an experimental approach for enhancing the output power of a piezoelectric energy harvester. The proposed method adopts inductance to reduce the effect of the piezoelectric harvester’s impedance, and boost the output power. Four electrical circuits for a piezoelectric beam harvester are investigated experimentally; Simple Resistive Load (SRL), Inductive Load (IL), Standard AC-DC, and Inductive AC-DC circuits. The results show that the adaptation of inductor in the IL and Inductive AC-DC improves the output power compared to the SRL and Standard AC-DC respectively. The Inductive AC-DC circuit is shown to increase the output power by 6.7% in comparison to the existing standard AC-DC circuits.
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Experimental Investigation for Enhancing the Output Power of a Piezoelectric Energy Harvester
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Zargarani, A, & Mahmoodi, SN. "Experimental Investigation for Enhancing the Output Power of a Piezoelectric Energy Harvester." Proceedings of the ASME 2017 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems. Volume 1: Development and Characterization of Multifunctional Materials; Mechanics and Behavior of Active Materials; Bioinspired Smart Materials and Systems; Energy Harvesting; Emerging Technologies. Snowbird, Utah, USA. September 18–20, 2017. V001T07A002. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/SMASIS2017-3741
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