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Design and fabrication of bimorph transducer for optimal vibration energy harvesting

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3 Author(s)
Bedekar, Vishwas ; Dept. of Mech. Eng., Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA ; Oliver, J. ; Priya, Shashank

High energy density piezoelectric composition corresponding to 0.9Pb(Zr0.56Ti0.44)O3¿0.1Pb[(Zn0.8/3Ni0.2/3) Nb2/3]O3 + 2 mol% MnO2/sub> (PZTZNN) and 0.8[Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48) O3]¿0.2[Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3] (PZTPZN) were synthesized by conventional ceramic processing technique using three different sintering profiles. Plates of the sintered samples were used to fabricate the piezoelectric bimorphs with optimized dimensions to exhibit resonance in the loaded condition in the range of ~200 Hz. An analytical model for energy harvesting from bimorph transducer was developed which was confirmed by experimental measurements. The results of this study clearly show that power density of bimorph transducer can be enhanced by increasing the magnitude of product (d ¿ g), where d is the piezoelectric strain constant and g is the piezoelectric voltage constant.

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Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:57 ,  Issue: 7 )