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Problem 5: Bimetallic Oscillator

A simple electric oscillator can be made using a bimetallic contact-breaker. Investigate the relevant parameters that affect the frequency of such an oscillator. 

I. Phenomenon Demonstration

II. Books, Encyclopedia, Discussion and Forum Posts

III. Research Papers

  • Ravindran, S.K.T., Kroener, M., Woias, P., 2012. A Bimetallic Micro Heat Engine for Pyroelectric Energy Conversion. Procedia Engineering 47, 33–36.. doi:10.1016/j.proeng.2012.09.077
  • De Alba, R., Abhilash, T.S., Rand, R.H., Craighead, H.G., Parpia, J.M., 2017. Low-Power Photothermal Self-Oscillation of Bimetallic Nanowires. Nano Letters 17, 3995–4002.. doi:10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b04769
  • Arnaud, A., Boisseau, S., Monfray, S., Puscasu, O., Despesse, G., Boughaleb, J., … & Skotnicki, T. (2013, December). Piezoelectric and electrostatic bimetal-based thermal energy harvesters. In Journal of Physics: Conference Series (Vol. 476, No. 1, p. 012062). IOP Publishing.