Piezoelectricity In Transportation
Jason Qu, Michael Oduoza
St George's School
Floor Location : S 072 E
The main function of an automobile is to transport its passengers. It uses fossil fuels, or other sources of energy, in this pursuit. Yet, there are many other areas of fuel consumption that can be eliminated. These areas of extra consumption are many, such as unnecessary weight or inefficient engines. In the past few decades, automotive manufacturers have endeavored to, and have succeeded in increasing the efficiency of their cars. They have eliminated these issues causing unnecessary fuel consumption, be it creating lighter cars with weight-reducing materials or finding ways to minimize the fuel consumption of their engines. However, car companies have been able to minimize, but unable to eliminate completely, a fuel waste-causing issue - air resistance and the force that is required to overcome it. They have been able to create more aerodynamic designs in order to increase fuel efficiency, but have been unable to eliminate air resistance completely and thus maximize fuel efficiency.
This project will seek to find methods to convert the forces in automotive transportation into useful energy. Air resistance on a car is a force that can be turned into energy. Furthermore, the force exerted by the ground on the tires of a car can be converted into useful energy. This project will attempt to use piezo-electric elements placed on the surface and tires of a car in order to turn the forces of the air resistance and normal ground force into useful energy in the form of electricity.