CODE-Track: Control theory tools for Optimal Design
of piezoelectric Energy harvesters devoted to birds Tracking devices
(ANR Young Investigator / JCJC)
We are organizing a special issue on "Piezoelectric Nanogenerators for Micro-Energy and Self-Powered Sensors" at the MDPI Micromachines journal.
This Special Issue aims to present a collection of articles, including review papers, that cover the recent research and development on piezoelectric energy harvesting, piezoelectric nanogenerators
devoted to self-powered sensors. The idea of this special issue is amongst other inspired from the CODE-TRACK project.
The deadline for submission is November 30, 2020. More information can be found here: Piezoelectric Nanogenerators for Micro-Energy and Self-Powered Sensors.
The project called BIOMIMBOT with regards to studying the behavior of birds which was funded by the CNRS in 2019 has been renewed for 2020. The project involves ISM / AMU (general coordinator: Thibaut Raharijaona, member: Franck Ruffier), the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris (MNHN, local coordinator: Annick Abourachid) and the Laboratoire Génie de Production of the National School of Engineering in Tarbes (ENIT - INPT) of the University of Toulouse (local coordinator: Micky Rakotondrabe). BIOMIMBOT explores birds legs inspired manipulator in order to study their hanging and perching. The participation from CODE-TRACK members is the development of distributed sensing/actuation within the manipulator by using smart materials, mainly piezoelectric materials, and observers.______________________________________________________________
The paper 'Topology Optimization of Piezoelectric Plate Energy Harvester Under External In-Plane Force Considering Different Boundary Conditions' by Abbas Amlashi-Homayouni, Abdenbi Mohand-Ousaid and Micky Rakotondrabe is nominee for the best student paper award at IEEE MARSS(International Conference on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales), which take place in Helsinki Finland, July 2019.______________________________________________________________
Members of CODE-TRACK did experiments in fields with two engineers/ornithologists of the Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO) of Franche-Comté, one engineer of the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle in Paris and members of the Association Dole Environnement the day of 13th of June 2019. Dr Thibaut Raharijaona, associate professor at ISM (Institut des Sciences du Mouvement) / Université Aix-Marseille (AMU) was invited by CODE-TRACK to attend this experiments as well. The experiments were at ile du Girard which is a ré serve naturelle near Dole in Franche-Comté. The experiments consists in capturing birds, putting rings and collecting data (mass, sizes, types...). Long term target is that these rings be replaced with very light active tracking devices powered by the piezoelectric energy harvester studied in CODE-TRACK.______________________________________________________________
As a sequel of the presentation of the CODE-TRACK project at the ISM (Institut des Sciences du Mouvement) / Université Aix-Marseille (AMU) in previous time, a new project regarding the study of birds has been launched. The project, called BIOMIMBOT, involves ISM / AMU (general coordinator: Thibaut Raharijaona, member: Franck Ruffier), the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris (MNHN, local coordinator: Annick Abourachid) and Micky Rakotondrabe. BIOMIMBOT explores birds legs inspired manipulator in order to study their hanging and perching. The participation from CODE-TRACK members is the development of distributed sensing/actuation within the manipulator by using smart materials, mainly piezoelectric materials, and observers.______________________________________________________________
Peying Xu started her internship within the CODE-TRACK project. Her internship work is exploring hybrid pyro-piezoelectric energy harvesting embedded in birds. Peying's internship is co-supervised by Skandar Basrour (TIMA, Université Grenoble-Alpes, Grenoble) and Micky Rakotondrabe.______________________________________________________________
Abbas Homayouni-Amlashi started his Phd position this January 2018 within the CODE-TRACK project. He Phd work will be dealing with the optimal design of piezoelectric energy harvesting using topology optimization with birds movement (mainly flapping wings) as excitation.