2008

Progress in Acoustic Transmission of Power Through Walls

A document presents updated information on implementation of the wireless acoustic-electric feed-through (WAEF) concept, which was reported in “Using Piezoelectric Devices To Transmit Power Through Walls” (NPO-41157), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 32, No. 6 (June 2008), page 70. To recapitulate: In a basic WAEF setup, a transmitting piezoelectric transducer on one side of a wall is driven at resonance to excite ultrasonic vibrations in the wall. A receiving piezoelectric transducer on the opposite side of the wall converts the vibrations back to an ultrasonic AC electric signal, which is then detected and otherwise processed in a manner that depends on the modulation (if any) applied to the signal and whether the signal is used to transmit power, data, or both.

The present document expands upon the previous information concerning underlying physical principles, advantages, and potential applications of WAEF. It discusses the design and construction of breadboard prototype piezoelectric transducers for WAEF. It goes on to present results of computational simulations of performance and results of laboratory tests of the prototypes. In one notable test, a 100-W light bulb was lit by WAEF to demonstrate the feasibility of powering a realistic load.

This work was done by Stewart Sherrit, Benjamin Doty, Xiaoqi Bao, Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Mircea Badescu, and Zensheu Chang of Caltech for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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Refer to NPO-44928, volume and number of this NASA Tech Briefs issue, and the page number.

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