Dr. Mohd Azman Abdullah
Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka
Keynote Title:Harvesting Energy from the Vibration of Passenger Vehicle using Energy Regenerative Suspension System
The suspension system in a vehicle is doing a great job in absorbing vibration from the irregularities of the road surface. However, the energy from the vibration is dissipated through heat and friction of the suspension components. The energy is believed can be harvested using an energy harvesting device. This study started with observation of the potential vibrations from the suspension system of a passenger vehicle running on a selected route. Based on the frequency and amplitude of the potential vibrations, a device is designed and developed. Among few designs produced, the best design is selected via design selection process. The device is then analyzed for further improvement. A prototype of the device is fabricated and design for manufacturing (DFM) is practiced. A test rig module is also fabricated based on the actual dimensions and configurations of the suspension system. The device is tested on a test rig for laboratory scale experimentation procedure to observe its reliability and harvesting potential. The device is then installed on a passenger vehicle with minor modification on the suspension system. The vehicle is operated on the same route to monitor the electrical voltage harvested during ordinary driving on actual traffic. On a short distance travel, the device is capable of harvesting energy in term of electrical voltage to be stored in an onboard battery. With available components, the device can be used to harvest wasted energy during vibration of suspension system for frequent daily route and long distance highway travel.
Dr. Mohd Azman Abdullah was awarded Doctor in Engineering (Dr. Eng.) from Tokyo University of Agriculture & Technology in Mechanical Systems Engineering in 2011. His research fields are vehicle dynamics, railway vehicle dynamics, vehicle control system, autonomous vehicle and multi-body dynamics. He got his Master of Science (M. Sc.) in Automotive & Motorsport Engineering in 2005 from Brunel University, United Kingdom. His undergrate Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.) in Mechanical Engineering was given when he finished his study at Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Malaysia in 2002. He is now a senior lecturer and the Head of Department for Automotive, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM), Malaysia. Currently, his research is focusing on regenerative suspension system for passenger vehicle. He has authored and co-authored over 70 referred journal and conference technical papers. In engineering education he and his team have published few modules and book chapters inlcuding Vehicle Dynamics, Vehicle System Modeling & Simulation and Vehicle Control System for internal use. Since 2012, he has actively served as committee, session chair and reviewer for over 20 international conferences. He is also a research fellow at the Centre for Advanced Research on Energy (CARe), UTeM.
Dr.-Ing. Piyada Suwanpinij (Ms.) Lecturer and Researcher
Materials and Production Engineering Program (MPE)
The Sirindhorn International Thai-German Graduate School of Engineering (TGGS)
King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB)