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Harvesting the Heart's Energy | MconneX | MichEpedia

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Published on Oct 5, 2012

Aerospace Engineering researchers are developing a method to harvest the energy of the human heart to power pacemakers, a technology they hope can translate to other medical devices. Their research, which began with studying how to power wireless sensors in aircraft wings, could ultimately eliminate the need for costly and painful surgeries to replace the batteries of an implanted medical device.

ABOUT THE PROFESSOR: U-M Aerospace Engineering (http://aerospace.engin.umich.edu/) Department Chair Dan Inman (http://aerospace.engin.umich.edu/peop...) is active in research involving smart materials and structures as applied to morphing aircraft, energy harvesting, structural health monitoring and clearance control in jet engines. He currently has projects in cube satellite actuators, electronic damping, avian inspired morphing aircraft and energy harvesting. Formerly he was the Director of the Center for Intelligent Material Systems and Structures and the G.R. Goodson Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech and the Brunel Chair in Intelligent Materials and Structures at the University of Bristol, UK. A former Department Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, he has held adjunct positions in the Division of Applied Math at Brown University and in math at the University of Southern California. Since 1980, he has published 10 books (on vibration, energy harvesting, control, statics, and dynamics), eight software manuals, 20 book chapters, over 300 journal papers and 600 proceedings papers, given 61 keynote or plenary lectures, graduated 62 Ph.D. students and supervised more than 75 MS degrees.

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