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Reference Number EP/J008532/1
Title Low power control methods for energy efficient structures
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electric power conversion) 15%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Energy storage) 15%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Other Renewables) 70%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor D Inman
No email address given
Mechanical Engineering
University of Bristol
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 June 2012
End Date 30 November 2015
Duration 42 months
Total Grant Value £512,641
Industrial Sectors Defence and Marine; Energy; Aerospace
Region South West
Programme NC : Engineering
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor D Inman , Mechanical Engineering, University of Bristol (99.997%)
  Other Investigator Professor DJ Wagg , Mechanical Engineering, University of Bristol (0.001%)
Dr SA Neild , Mechanical Engineering, University of Bristol (0.001%)
Dr SG Burrow , Aerospace Engineering, University of Bristol (0.001%)
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Abstract The aim of this proposal is to discover energy efficient control laws for vibration suppression with the goal of running such systems using harvested energy or a combination of harvested and stored energy by exploiting nonlinearity in both the harvesting mechanism and in control law formulation. It is proposed to investigate the concept of using harvested energy to control the vibration response of flexible structures. Structural components in bridges, airplanes, buildings, wind turbines, etc. are flexible and hence are easily disturbed into vibration from a variety of sources. Often the best solution is a passive one, but in many circumstances performance and safety demand the use of semi-active or active control. The major roadblock in using active control is the requirement for an external power source. Here we propose to investigate the possibility that ambient energy might be harnessed, stored and recycled to provide the energy needed to mitigate vibrations through low power nonlinear control laws, enabling better performance of structures in extreme conditions (wind storms, earthquakes, gusts, etc.)

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