Picking up GOOD vibrations!
Posted on 01/05/2015 by IED
Engineers at Lancaster University are working on a system that allows aircraft wings to generate and store electricity from vibrations.
The work is part of a wider £1 million project led by BAE Systems called En-come, which aims to develop aircraft that can stay in the air for longer periods of time without having to re-fuel. Principal investigator Professor Jianqiao Ye, of Lancaster University's Engineering Department, said: "Our role is to look at saving the power used to support the monitoring system. There needs to be frequent communication between the aircraft and Earth, and power is needed to send huge quantities of data as well as receiving instructions from a communications centre."
The research will look at how mechanical energy generated by the vibration of the wings can be transferred, stored and used to support the communications system.