Exploiting Nonlinear Mechanisms for Harvesting Vibration Energy (Energy Harvesting and Storage Europe 2013)

Thomas Howe, Researcher
Boston University
United States


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Presentation Summary

  • Vibrational energy is more efficiently harvested at high frequency
  • In some applications, including human motion, there are valuable amounts of energy at low frequency
  • A nonlinear mechanism based on intermittent contact converts low frequency vibration to high frequency vibration in ordedr to harvest it more efficiently

Speaker Biography (Thomas Howe)

Thomas Howe is currently pursuing a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University. His research has focused on structural vibrations and piezoelectric energy harvesting. He hopes to begin working towards a PhD in Mechanical Engineering in the Fall of 2013. Additionally, he has worked extensively with innovative sound reinforcement for live theater, including implementing a revolutionary ambisonics surround sound system with the new opera Death and the Powers, from the MIT Media Lab.

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