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On the Manifestation and Influence of Material Nonlinearity in Electroelastic Power Generators

[+] Author Affiliations
Samuel C. Stanton, Brian P. Mann

Duke University, Durham, NC

Alper Erturk, Daniel J. Inman

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Paper No. SMASIS2010-3790, pp. 261-266; 6 pages
  • ASME 2010 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems
  • ASME 2010 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, Volume 1
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, September 28–October 1, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Aerospace Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4415-1 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3886-0
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


We investigate and model observed nonlinear piezoelectric response of an electroelastic energy harvester. The model employed is a simplified version of the fully nonlinear model proposed by Stanton and Mann [1] since the mechanical oscillations of the experimental device remain in the geometrically linear regime. However, we include quadratic damping due to the appearance of even superharmonics in experimental data as well as suppressed frequency response. Nonlinear coefficients are identified via a nonlinear least squares optimization algorithm that utilizes an approximate analytic solution obtained by the method of harmonic balance. For PZT-5H, we obtained a fourth order elastic tensor component of cp 1111 = −8.2515 × 1015 N/m2 and a fourth order electroelastic tensor value of e3111 = 9.6816 × 107 m/V.

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