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Pneumatic tire-based piezoelectric power generation
Author(s): Noaman Makki; Remon Pop-Iliev
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Paper Abstract

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) and Extended Range Electric Vehicles (EREVs) currently mainly rely on Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) utilizing conventional fuels to recharge batteries in order to extend their range. Even though Piezo-based power generation devices have surfaced in recent years harvesting vibration energy, their output has only been sufficient to power up sensors and other such smaller devices. The permanent need for a cleaner power generation technique still remains. This paper investigates the possibility of using piezoceramics for power generation within the vehicle's wheel assembly by exploiting the rotational motion of the wheel and the continuously variable contact point between the pneumatic tire and the road.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2011
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 7977, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2011, 79770H (27 April 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.880636
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Noaman Makki, Univ. of Ontario Institute of Technology (Canada)
Remon Pop-Iliev, Univ. of Ontario Institute of Technology (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7977:
Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2011
Mehrdad N. Ghasemi-Nejhad, Editor(s)

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