The macro fiber composite (MFC) bonded effect analysis on the micro energy harvester performance and structural health monitoring system of woven kenaf turbine blade for vertical axis wind turbine application


The macro fiber composite (MFC) bonded effect analysis on the micro energy harvester performance and structural health monitoring system of woven kenaf turbine blade for vertical axis wind turbine application

A. Hamdan, F. Mustapha

The application of Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) is suitable for a low wind speed environment. Nevertheless, VAWT with kenaf turbine blade will promote additional green concept by utilizing biocomposite material. The innovation in turbine blade via Macro Fiber Composite (MFC) as Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) system and micro energy harvester can enhance the VAWT technology application. Hence, this research objective is to evaluate the factors influencing the performance of micro energy harvester and to assess the feasibility of SHM application for biocomposite turbine blades. There are two methods to attach the MFC used in this study which are surface bonded and embedding into the turbine blade. Vibration simulation experiment and modal testing approach are conducted on the kenaf turbine blade and further analysis performed via Taguchi statistical analysis to determine the factors affecting the micro energy harvester and SHM performance. The results show that bonded to the surface is proposed as the best technique for promoting higher micro energy harvesting at the vibration range of 10 to 90 Hz. Furthermore, SHM system is proven to operate simultaneously with micro energy harvesting system in turbine blades.

Smart Polymers, Biocomposite, Taguchi Method, Woven Kenaf, Structural Health Monitoring (SHM)

Published online 3/16/2017, 33 pages
Copyright © 2016 by the author(s)
Published under license by Materials Research Forum LLC., Millersville PA, USA

Citation: A. Hamdan, F. Mustapha, ‘The macro fiber composite (MFC) bonded effect analysis on the micro energy harvester performance and structural health monitoring system of woven kenaf turbine blade for vertical axis wind turbine application’, Materials Research Foundations, Vol. 13, pp 141-173, 2017


The article was published as article 6 of the book Innovation in Smart Materials and Structural Health Monitoring for Composite Applications

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