Department

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree Name

BS in Electrical Engineering

Date

12-2012

Advisor

Art MacCarley

Abstract/Summary

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.

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