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Effect of Segmented Electrodes on Piezo-Elastic and Piezo-Aero-Elastic Responses of Generator Plates

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Carlos De Marqui, Jr.

University of São Paulo, São Carlos, SP, Brazil

Alper Erturk, Daniel J. Inman

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Paper No. SMASIS2009-1285, pp. 111-122; 12 pages
  • ASME 2009 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems
  • Volume 1: Active Materials, Mechanics and Behavior; Modeling, Simulation and Control
  • Oxnard, California, USA, September 21–23, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Aerospace Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4896-8 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3857-0
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


In this paper, the use of segmented electrodes is investigated to avoid cancellation of the electrical outputs of the torsional modes in energy harvesting from piezo-elastic and piezo-aero-elastic systems. The piezo-elastic behavior of a cantilevered plate with an asymmetric tip mass under base excitation is investigated using an electromechanically coupled finite element (FE) model. Electromechanical frequency response functions (FRFs) are obtained using the coupled FE model both for the continuous and segmented electrodes configurations. When segmented electrodes are considered torsional modes also become significant in the resulting electrical FRFs, improving broadband (or varying-frequency excitation) performance of the generator plate. The FE model is also combined with an unsteady aerodynamic model to obtain the piezo-aero-elastic model. The use of segmented electrodes to improve the electrical power generation from aeroelastic vibrations of plate-like wings is investigated. Although the main goal here is to obtain the maximum electrical power output for each airflow speed (both for the continuous and segmented electrode cases), piezoelectric shunt damping effect on the aeroelastic response of the generator wing is also investigated.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



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