—The importance of aviation industry in modern era is long familiar. The industrial sector has been suffering energy crises from decades and consequently paves way for the need of energy regeneration and utility. Runways are heart of an airport and currently runways are used as pathways for airplane takeoff and landing. The proposed idea emphasizes use of residual mechanical vibrational energy from aircraft during takeoff and landing. Air Wakes are huge source of vibrational energy and these vibrations are harnessed using energy regenerative engineering technology. The lifting aircraft produces turbulent air wakes, which strike light weight swinging elliptical dish plates along sides of the runway. These are made to vibrate continuously and impact the piezoelectric media which consequently produces electric potential. Varieties of efficient piezoelectric harnessers are being developed using different vibration analysis and many have embarked upon the idea. But this paper is unparallel to those in many ways.
—Air wakes, piezoelectric materials, Van de Graaff principle.
Mohit Agarwal and Jafar Ali are with SRM University, Kattankulathur, Chennai, India (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite:, "Smart Runways-Use of Residual Vibration Energy from Air Wake to Produce Electricity," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 379-382, 2013.