3A2_0458_ TRIBO-ELECTRIC POWER GENERATING BEHAVIOR OF TEXTILE FLOCKED SURFACES

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Yong K. Kim

Armand F. Lewis

Erika Naumann Gaillat

Published Aug 1, 2019

Abstract

Tribo-electrically diverse flocked fiber surfaces have been found to reliably generate respectable triboelectric energy signals. This technology has been named Flocked Surface Triboelectric (power) Generation (FSTG). By mechanically contacting [nylon fiber///polyester fiber] flocked surfaces, electrical power levels of up to 6 nano-watts/cm2 are easily generated. An apparatus has been constructed to systematically determine FSTG power levels generated by contacting/separating aluminum sheet-backed flocked panel surfaces at various contact/separation rates (Contacts Per Minute-CPM). Measurements show that power levels sharply increase at CPM rates below 120. Work is now in progress to significantly increase the power output level of these FSTG systems.


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