Wind energy harvesting for bridge health monitoring
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The work discussed in this thesis provides a review of pertinent literature, a design methodology, analytical model, concept generation and development, and conclusions about energy harvesting to provide long-term power for bridge health monitoring. The methodology gives structure for acquiring information and parameters to create effective energy harvesters. The methodology is used to create a wind energy harvester to provide long-term power to a wireless communication network. An analytical model is developed so the system can be scaled for different aspects of the network. A proof of concept is constructed to test the methodology's effectiveness, and validate the feasibility and analytical model.