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Design and Fabrication of Mechanical Power Generation Systems Using Footsteps

Firas B. Ismail1, Nizar F. O. Al-Muhsen2, and L. Sarravanan Linganathan1
1. Power Generation Unit, Institute of Power Engineering, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia
2. Middle Technical University, Baghdad, Iraq

Abstract—It is well known that our planet population is rising continuously, and it is expected to increase dramatically over the coming years. This has led to an increase in the demand for electric power for the industrial, commercial and living purposes. Currently, fossil fuel has been used as the main source for electricity generation but the amount of these resources is continuously depleting. Besides, renewable technologies are still not quantitively and qualitatively reliable to be considered as the main source of energy. In this study, an alternative power generation method using human footstep was proposed. A new mechanical footstep power generation system using SolidWorks software was designed, fabricated and tested. The stress-strain analysis including the safety factor calculations for the proposed product were conducted in this work. An approximately 34 W per step was generated. All the critical components achieved a minimum safety factor value of 2. In addition, SMART Technology was incorporated into the product to facilitate the monitoring performance of the proposed system. This is also to meet the current technological standards that are globally used. 
Index Terms—Footsteps power generation, human footsteps, SMART technology

Cite: Firas B. Ismail, Nizar F. O. Al-Muhsen, and L. Sarravanan Linganathan, "Design and Fabrication of Mechanical Power Generation Systems Using Footsteps," International Journal of Electrical and Electronic Engineering & Telecommunications, Vol. 9, No. 3, pp. 183-188, May 2020. Doi: 10.18178/ijeetc.9.3.183-188

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