University of Hertfordshire

Self-Powered Dynamic Systems

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  • EUCASS2013

    Accepted author manuscript, 1 MB, PDF document

  • Farbod Khoshnoud
  • David Dell
  • Clarence W. de Silva
  • Yong Chen
  • Houman Owhadi
  • Rajnish Calay
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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProcs European Conference for Aeronautics and Space Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationEUCASS 2013
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013
EventEUCASS 2013 - 5th European Conference for Aeronautics and Space Sciences - Munich, Germany
Duration: 1 Jul 20135 Jul 2013


ConferenceEUCASS 2013 - 5th European Conference for Aeronautics and Space Sciences


This article concerns the concept of energy harvesting associated with dynamic systems. The particular area of work is the concept of fully or partially self-powered dynamic systems requiring zero or reduced external energy inputs. A self-powered dynamic system, in this paper, is defined as a dynamic system powered by its own excessive kinetic energy, renewable energy or a combination of both. The technologies explored in the paper are associated with self-powered devices (e.g. sensors), regenerative actuators, and energy harvesting. The power produced by human motion is reported as a potential energy input to mechanical devices. A solar powered airship system is used as an example of a self-sustained system. A bio-inspired design is investigated to demonstrate the advantage of employing biomimetics in improving the power density of an energy harvesting system.

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