Modeling and simulation of PVDF-TrFE based MEMS scale cantilever type energy harvesters

Alperen Toprak, Onur Tigli

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Abstract

In this paper, we present the FEM modeling and simulation of a cantilever type piezoelectric energy harvester (PEH) constructed using PVDF-TrFE. Frequency domain analyses are performed under a 10 pN tip force on the 2D model of a 600 μm-long cantilever, which consists of a 7.25 μm PVDF-TrFE layer on top of a 2 μm SiO2 film. The same analyses are repeated using ZnO, AlN, and PZT-5A for comparison. Simulated maximum output powers and corresponding voltages are 60.3 nW at 0.73 V for PVDF-TrFE, 62.0 nW at 0.32 V for ZnO, 12.4 nW at 0.13 V for AlN, and 301.9 nW at 0.07 V for PZT-5A. The effects of a multi-layer approach on the device outputs are also simulated for PVDF-TrFE, which shows that the maximum output power is not affected by the number of layers. Our study demonstrates that PVDF-TrFE, a biocompatible piezoelectric polymer, can be easily used in a single or multi-layer architecture with no significant loss of power; making it an attractive material for energy harvesting.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnical Proceedings of the 2014 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2014
PublisherNano Science and Technology Institute
Pages69-72
Number of pages4
Volume2
ISBN (Print)9781482258271
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
EventNanotechnology 2014: MEMS, Fluidics, Bio Systems, Medical, Computational and Photonics - 2014 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2014 - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: Jun 15 2014Jun 18 2014

Other

OtherNanotechnology 2014: MEMS, Fluidics, Bio Systems, Medical, Computational and Photonics - 2014 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2014
CountryUnited States
CityWashington, DC
Period6/15/146/18/14

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Harvesters
Energy harvesting
MEMS
Finite element method
Electric potential
Polymers
vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene copolymer

Keywords

  • Energy harvesting
  • Piezoelectric
  • PVDF-TrFE

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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Toprak, A., & Tigli, O. (2014). Modeling and simulation of PVDF-TrFE based MEMS scale cantilever type energy harvesters. In Technical Proceedings of the 2014 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2014 (Vol. 2, pp. 69-72). Nano Science and Technology Institute.

Modeling and simulation of PVDF-TrFE based MEMS scale cantilever type energy harvesters. / Toprak, Alperen; Tigli, Onur.

Technical Proceedings of the 2014 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2014. Vol. 2 Nano Science and Technology Institute, 2014. p. 69-72.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Toprak, A & Tigli, O 2014, Modeling and simulation of PVDF-TrFE based MEMS scale cantilever type energy harvesters. in Technical Proceedings of the 2014 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2014. vol. 2, Nano Science and Technology Institute, pp. 69-72, Nanotechnology 2014: MEMS, Fluidics, Bio Systems, Medical, Computational and Photonics - 2014 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2014, Washington, DC, United States, 6/15/14.
Toprak A, Tigli O. Modeling and simulation of PVDF-TrFE based MEMS scale cantilever type energy harvesters. In Technical Proceedings of the 2014 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2014. Vol. 2. Nano Science and Technology Institute. 2014. p. 69-72
Toprak, Alperen ; Tigli, Onur. / Modeling and simulation of PVDF-TrFE based MEMS scale cantilever type energy harvesters. Technical Proceedings of the 2014 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2014. Vol. 2 Nano Science and Technology Institute, 2014. pp. 69-72
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