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Multi-Source Power Harvester for Cyborg Micro Air Vehicle

[+] Author Affiliations
Rashi Tiwari, Alex Schlichting, John Henry Harris, Timothy Reissman, Ephrahim Garcia

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Paper No. DETC2010-28524, pp. 669-676; 8 pages
  • ASME 2010 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 12th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle and Tire Technologies; 4th International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 15–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4412-0 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3881-5
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


The purpose of the reported research is to study the implementation of a sub-one gram, multisource energy harvester, for use on a Cyborg Micro Air Vehicle (CMAV). The CMAV would combine a biological flight platform with onboard communications, flight control, and power generation, providing a useful surveillance and reconnaissance vehicle. The biological platform chosen in this research is the Manduca sexta (Hawkmoth). A multisource energy harvester consisting of photovoltaic cells and a piezoceramic beam is discussed, enabling energy harvesting from vibration as well as ambient light. This paper discusses the results of those investigations and addresses the difficulties in creating the energy harvesting system.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME
Topics: Vehicles



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