Title: Output characteristics of multi-axis vibration power generation device for automobiles

Authors: Shunji Kumagai; Makoto Kasai; Seiji Hashimoto; Nobuyuki Nagai

Addresses: Research and Development Department, Mitsuba Corporation, 1-2681 Hirosawa, Kiryu, Gunma 376-8555, Japan ' Research and Development Department, Mitsuba Corporation, 1-2681 Hirosawa, Kiryu, Gunma 376-8555, Japan ' Department of Electronic Engineering, Gunma University, 1-5-1 Tenjin, Kiryu, Gunma 376-8515, Japan ' Department of Electronic Engineering, Gunma University, 1-5-1 Tenjin, Kiryu, Gunma 376-8515, Japan

Abstract: In achieving the practical use of vibration power generation, the challenges are that the energy to be generated is small and the vibration frequency range for efficient power generation is limited. So, it is needed to improve the output level and establish a vibration transmission structure capable of covering a wider vibration frequency range. In this report, we propose a multi-axis vibration power generation device that is mounted on the vehicle and capable of generating electric power from vibrations in the running vehicle and evaluate its principle model. For the model, we employed the structure in which the elastic body (a flat spring with piezoelectric elements on it) is deflected by mass vibration and the elements are bent and strained. We made two types of the principle models using the same elastic body; one is H-type having a mass on both sides of the body, and the other is T-type having a mass on one side only, and conducted tests for the system identification of them. Besides, we analysed the output characteristics of the principle models by vibrating them at their natural frequencies obtained through the system identification. As a result, we have confirmed that they can generate electrical power from multi-axis vibration.

Keywords: energy regeneration; vehicle vibration; multi-axis vibration; power generation devices; electric power generation; system identification.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAMECHS.2013.056000

International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems, 2013 Vol.5 No.2, pp.105 - 112

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 23 Aug 2013 *

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