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Vol. 187, Issue 4, April 2015, pp. 75-81

 

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Vibration-based Energy Harvesting Systems Characterization
Using Automated Electronic Equipment
 

Ioannis KOSMADAKIS, Vasileios KONSTANTAKOS, Theodore LAOPOULOS, Stylianos SISKOS

Electronics Laboratory, Department of Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), 56533, Greece
Tel.: +302310998138

E-mail: ikosm@physics.auth.gr

 

Received: 8 January 2015 /Accepted: 27 March 2015 /Published: 30 April 2015

Digital Sensors and Sensor Sysstems

 

Abstract: A measurement bench has been developed to fully automate the procedure for the characterization of a vibration-based energy scavenging system. The measurement system is capable of monitoring all important characteristics of a vibration harvesting system (input and output voltage, current, and other parameters, frequency and acceleration values, etc.). It is composed of a PC, typical digital measuring instruments (oscilloscope, waveform generator, etc.), certain sensors and actuators, along with a microcontroller based automation module. The automation of the procedure and the manipulation of the acquired data are performed by LabVIEW software. Typical measurements of a system consisting of a vibrating source, a vibration transducer and an active rectifier are presented.

 

Keywords: Automated measurement bench, Vibration monitoring, Energy harvesting, Piezoelectric cantilever, LabVIEW.

 

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