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Harnessing low frequency-based energy using a K0.5Na0.5NbO3 (KNN) pigmented piezoelectric paint system

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Abstract

A new approach for harnessing low-frequency energy using a piezoelectric paint system was developed using potassium sodium niobate (K0.5Na0.5NbO3, ‘KNN’) as a pigment in an alkyd resin binder. The highly crystalline, rectangular-shaped KNN pigment nanoparticles with an orthorhombic phase acts as a piezoelectric material and determines the functional properties of the paint system. The energy-harvesting ability of the as-developed paint system was evaluated using a cantilever beam test in which the vibration of the beam was measured as the direct output from the piezoelectric paint. The layered conductive copper beryllium cantilever/piezoelectric paint/aluminium acts as a device structure to obtain the electrical responses of the cantilever on various mass loadings (7.2 g, 14.4 g and 21.6 g). The resonant frequency (f0) of the vibrating cantilever showed a decreasing trend as the proof mass loading increased. A maximum open circuit voltage of 1.4 V was produced by the piezoelectric paint coated on the surface of the deflecting cantilever beam at a proof mass (mp) of 21.6 g. This suggests that the developed lead-free piezoelectric paint was capable of harvesting energy from the vibrating source and was also sensitive to the degree of mechanical strain exerted by the deflecting cantilever beam.

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The article was received on 25 Feb 2017, accepted on 08 May 2017 and first published on 09 May 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7TC00846E
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017,5, 5501-5508
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    Harnessing low frequency-based energy using a K0.5Na0.5NbO3 (KNN) pigmented piezoelectric paint system

    Y. Purusothaman, N. R. Alluri, A. Chandrasekhar and S. Kim, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017, 5, 5501
    DOI: 10.1039/C7TC00846E

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