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Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2013
In this paper, we demonstrate a non-contact magnetic/piezoelectric-based thermal energy harvester utilizing an optimized thermal-convection mechanism to enhance the heat transfer in the energy harvesting/converting process in order to increase the power output. The harvester consists of a CuBe spring, Gadolinium soft magnet, NdFeB hard magnets, frame, and piezoelectric PZT cantilever beams. According to the configuration, the energy harvesting/converting process under a temperature-differencedoi:10.1117/12.2009434 fatcat:tc2qkzi3y5advgmi7vdbfv7lou