November 21, 2017

Doctoral thesis defence – D. Blažević

Our member D. Sc. David Blažević defended his doctoral thesis entitled “Analysis of mechanical aspects in the design of vibration energy harvesters” on September 2nd, 2014.

Doctoral thesis supervisor vas Prof. D. Sc. Saša Zelenika.

Committee for the defense of the doctoral thesis:
  1. Prof. D. Sc. Dubravka Siminiati, University of Rijeka, Croatia, Faculty of Engineering (Sveučilište u Rijeci, Tehnički fakultet) – Committee Chair
  2. Prof. D. Sc. Saša Zelenika, University of Rijeka, Croatia, Faculty of Engineering (Sveučilište u Rijeci, Tehnički fakultet)
  3. Prof. D. Sc. Nenad D. Pavlović, University of Niš, Serbia, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (Mašinski fakultet Univerziteta u Nišu)

Thesis abstract:

The process of collecting low level ambient energy and its conversion into electric energy is commonly termed energy harvesting or energy scavenging. The thesis has as its main goal to develop and experimentally validate numerical models of piezoelectric energy harvesting devices. In order to maximise output power, different configurations and eigenfrequency bands are taken into account. The developed experimental set-up, used to classify the proposed devices, is explained in detail together with a patented solution for future use in automobile pneumatics.