Development of a Miniature, Vibro-Mechanical Energy Harvester for Powering Wireless Sensors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-09-C-0116
Agency Tracking Number: N073-178-0522
Amount: $917,356.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solitcitation Year: 2007
Solitcitation Topic Code: N07-178
Solitcitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
MicroStrain, Inc.
459 Hurricane Lane, Suite 102, Williston, VT, 05495
Duns: 161852074
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steven Arms
 President
 (802) 862-6629
 swarms@microstrain.com
Business Contact
 Sarah Lynch
Title: President
Phone: (802) 862-6629
Email: slynch@microstrain.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
A major barrier to the widespread adoption of wireless sensors for structural health monitoring is the requirement to power the network of wireless nodes. Batteries have a limited lifespan, adding significant size, weight, and costs to the wireless sensor network,and may represent a long term environmental problem. Battery maintenance can be eliminated by harvesting energy from the environment. For many structures, strain and vibration energy are prevalent during operation, and these energies can be exploited to allow the realization of maintenance free wireless sensor networks. The design of an optimized energy harvesting system for sensing requires a comprehensive knowledge of the strain and/or vibration energies available in the operational environment. Furthermore, the sensing requirements must be well defined,including the sensor types and number of channels, their burst sample rates, duty cycles, and wireless data communications rates & range. The objective of this proposal is to miniaturize a vibro-mechanical energy harvester for the purpose of powering a dedicated wireless sensor hub. The sensor hub shall be capable of supporting a wired multidrop sensor network, including corrosion, strain, pressure, and vibration sensors.

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