Purpose - Supplying remote wireless sensors is not an easy task if the site where the device is located is not easily accessible. In order to obtain direct measurements of the road-vehicle interactions, sensors must be placed inside the tyre environment thus a power supply must be available for their working there without any wire connection with the car main power. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach - An electro-mechanical energy harvester has thus been developed for supplying an automotive wireless sensor of pressure, temperature and acceleration to be placed on the inner line of a tyre. The primary energy source is the vibrations or variable accelerations imposed to the device and induced in the tyre by the wheeling. Findings - The harvester has been designed by means of a multi-physics optimisation based on an integrated electromagnetic-mechanical circuit simulator. Thus an automated optimisation of the device with respect to volume constraints, magnets dimensions, induction coils placement and size have been performed to increase the average power extracted from the device at different wheeling speeds. Originality/value - The use of the multi-physics environment together with automated optimisation technique has been tested for the first time on the electromagnetic harvester structure.
|Titolo:||Multi-physics optimisation of an energy harvester device for automotive application|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1108/COMPEL-10-2012-0208|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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