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MEMS power generator with transverse mode thin film PZT

Jeon, Y. B. and Sood, R and Jeong, J. -h. and Kim, S. -G. (2005) MEMS power generator with transverse mode thin film PZT. Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 122 (1). 16 - 22.

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A thin film lead zirconate titanate, Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT), MEMS power generating device is developed. It is designed to resonate at specific frequencies from an external vibrational energy source, thereby creating electrical energy via the piezoelectric effect. Our cantilever device is designed to have a flat structure with a proof mass added to the end. The Pt/Ti top electrode is patterned into an interdigitated shape on top of the sol–gel-spin coated PZT thin film in order to employ the d33 mode of the piezoelectric transducer. This d33 mode design generates 20 times higher voltage than that of the d31 mode design of the same beam dimension. The base-shaking experiments at the first resonant frequency (13.9 kHz) generate charge proportional to the tip displacement of the cantilever with a linearity coefficient of 4.14 pC/μm. A 170 μm × 260 μm PZT beam generates 1 μW of continuous electrical power to a 5.2 MΩ resistive load at 2.4 V dc. The corresponding energy density is 0.74 mW h/cm2, which compares favorably to the values of lithium ion batteries. We expect the next generation design with lower resonant frequencies would harvest sufficient energy from the environmental vibration for wireless miniature sensor networks.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:SSSAMW 04 - Special Section of the Micromechanics Section of Sensors and Actuators based on contributions revised from the Technical Digest of the 2004 Solid-State Sensor, Actuator and Microsystems Workshop.
Uncontrolled Keywords:Transverse mode piezoelectric; Micro power generator; Cantilever beam; Energy harvesting; interdigitated electrode
Subjects:Analytical Science > Nanotechnology for sensing and actuating
Engineering > Nanotechnology applications in ICT
ID Code:4654
Deposited By:SPI
Deposited On:08 Apr 2009 17:44
Last Modified:08 Apr 2009 17:44

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