Improving the performance of galloping micro-power generators by passively manipulating the trailing edge

J. Noel, R. Yadav, G. Li, M. F. Daqaq

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Recent trends in distributed sensing networks have generated significant interest in the design of scalable micro-power generators. One such device exploits the galloping oscillations of a prism to harness energy from a moving fluid. Performance of galloping harvester's depends on the flow patterns around the prism, which, in turn, depend on its geometry and the Reynolds number of the flow. In this letter, we demonstrate that the useful range of the galloping instability can be extended by attaching a rigid splitter plate to the rear face of the prism. The plate provides a secondary flow reattachment point, which serves to improve the oscillation amplitude and power output of the generator. Experimental results demonstrate as much as 67% power enhancement for some prism geometries and a significant reduction in the cut-in wind speed of the generator.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number083503
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number8
StatePublished - Feb 19 2018


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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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