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Software to Support the Development of Road Pavement Energy Harvesting Devices

This paper deals with the development of a software to support the development of road pavement energy harvesting devices, allowing to define the device parameters and simulate the entire process from the vehicle-device interaction to the electric energy generation and consumption. This allows to quantify the forces induced and energy released from vehicles to the device in different vehicle motion scenarios, the energy harvested by the device surface, the energy transferred by the mechanical system and the energy generated and consumed by the electrical system. It enables the user to quantify the energetic efficiency of the process. A practical study is presented in order to show the effectiveness of the software, as well as its potential applications.


Francisco Duarte    
University of Coimbra

Adelino Ferreira    
University of Coimbra

Paulo Fael    
University of Beira Interior


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