Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting and Structural Health Monitoring Using Thin Surface Bonded PZT Patches

This simulation based experiment is designed to teach the concept of piezoelectric energy harvesting through a combination of animation and the analytical model developed by Kaur and Bhalla (2014, 2015). The basic idea is to harvest vibration energy using thin surface bonded PZT patches embedded in a bridge and to use that energy for structural health monitoring (SHM).