Magnetic Nanocomposite Cilia Energy Harvester

Mohammed Asadullah Khan, Ahmed Alfadhel, Jurgen Kosel
2016 IEEE transactions on magnetics  
An energy harvester capable of converting low frequency vibrations into electrical energy is presented. The operating principle, fabrication process and output characteristics at different frequencies are discussed. The harvester is realized by fabricating an array of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) -iron nanowire nanocomposite cilia on a planar coil array. Each coil element consists of 14 turns and occupies an area of 600 µm x 600µm. The cilia are arranged in a 12x5 array and each cilium is 250 µm
more » ... wide and 2 mm long. The magnetic characteristics of the fabricated cilia indicate that the nanowires are well aligned inside of the nanocomposite, increasing the efficiency of energy harvesting. The energy harvester occupies an area of 66.96 mm 2 and produces an output r.m.s voltage of 206.47µV, when excited by a 40 Hz vibration of 1 mm amplitude.
doi:10.1109/tmag.2016.2527733 fatcat:6n7eu2uqszhw7fwrbjux2goziq