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A Nonlinear Electromechanical Model of a Scalable Self-Excited Wind Energy Harvester

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Amin Bibo, Daniel St. Clair, Venkata R. Sennakesavababu, Gang Li, Mohammed F. Daqaq

Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Paper No. DETC2010-28921, pp. 691-701; 11 pages
  • ASME 2010 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 12th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle and Tire Technologies; 4th International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 15–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4412-0 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3881-5
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


We present and validate a nonlinear aero-electro-mechanical model that describes the response of a scalable self-excited wind energy harvester. Similar to music-playing harmonica that create tones via oscillations of reeds when subjected to air blow, the proposed device uses flow-induced self-excited oscillations of a piezoelectric beam embedded within a cavity to generate electric power. Specifically, when the volumetric flow rate of air past the beam exceeds a certain threshold, the energy pumped into the structure via nonlinear pressure forces offsets the intrinsic damping in the system setting the beam into self-sustained limit-cycle oscillations. The vibratory energy is then converted into electricity through principles of piezoelectricity.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME
Topics: Wind energy



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