Date

12-2012

Degree Name

BS in Electrical Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering Department

Advisor

Art MacCarley

Abstract

Development of kinetic energy scavenging applications from the human body necessitates additional research to assist in designating a mounting position for a potential device. A data acquisition system adequately provides a parametric average power comparison among four locations on the body (waist, upper arm, hand, and calf) for both a male and female subject. Experimentally, the hand-held device provided the highest average power. Thus, subsequent investigation at set speeds provides further analysis of the output’s characteristically linear behavior. The physical energy-harvesting device features a plastic tube casing wrapped with the stationary coiled wire through which a neodymium magnet oscillates. While the data delivers a practical comparison for a mounting point and angle, size and power output may increase or decrease depending on variable device parameters.