Flexible composite thermal energy harvester using piezoelectric PVDF polymer and shape memory alloy

@article{Gusarov2015FlexibleCT,
  title={Flexible composite thermal energy harvester using piezoelectric PVDF polymer and shape memory alloy},
  author={Boris Gusarov and Leticia Gimeno and Elizaveta I Gusarova and Bernard Viala and Sebastien Boisseau and O. Cugat},
  journal={2015 Transducers - 2015 18th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems (TRANSDUCERS)},
  year={2015},
  pages={722-725}
}
A novel flexible composite thermal energy harvester is presented, which couples pyroelectric and piezoelectric effects of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) with shape memory effect of a TiNiCu alloy. The harvester combines superior flexibility of PVDF with large temperature-induced strain of the shape memory alloy (SMA) to harvest small and quasi-static… CONTINUE READING