Impact force detection using an energy flow estimator with piezoelectric sensors

Xingjun Wang, Daniel Guyomar, Kaori Yuse, Mickaël Lallart, Lionel Petit

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Currently, there are numerous methods for estimating impact locations. One is to find more detailed information because the system becomes complicated. Another method is to reduce energy, for which various autonomic energy harvesting methods have been developed. However, the occupied energy is still small. This paper proposes a simple, rapid, and low-powered impact estimation method based on energy flow direction estimation through a pair of piezoelectric sensors. The estimation energy flow is expressed by a Poynting vector subsequently linked to piezoelectric sensor voltage outputs. The presented approach is verified by numerical simulations and experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)194-203
Number of pages10
JournalFrontiers of Mechanical Engineering in China
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jun
Externally publishedYes


  • Energy flow
  • Impact detection
  • Piezoelectric sensor
  • Thin plate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering


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