An Ultra-Low Cost Triboelectric Flowmeter

  • Alessandro BertacchiniEmail author
  • Paolo Pavan
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 573)


In this paper, we present an ultra-low cost flowmeter suitable for both gases and fluids. Differently from other flowmeters presented in the literature, the prototype is based on the triboelectric effect. The realized device is extremely low cost because it uses commercial silicone as triboelectric material. The comparison between experimental measurements and output data of a commercial flowmeter, used as reference, demonstrates the effectiveness of the proposed solution in both constant and variable flow conditions. Moreover, thanks to its reconfigurable architecture, the realized device can be used for both redundant measurements and triboelectric energy harvesting purposes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.DISMI – Department of Sciences and Methods for EngineeringUniversity of Modena and Reggio EmiliaReggio EmiliaItaly
  2. 2.DIEF – Department of Engineering “Enzo Ferrari”University of Modena and Reggio EmiliaModenaItaly

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