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Influence of Nonlinear Effects on a Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting Device

[+] Author Affiliations
Andreza T. Mineto, Paulo S. Varoto

Universidade de São Paulo, São Carlos, SP, Brazil

Paper No. IMECE2012-85737, pp. 843-850; 8 pages
  • ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 4: Dynamics, Control and Uncertainty, Parts A and B
  • Houston, Texas, USA, November 9–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4520-2
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


In this paper we present an analytical investigation of a nonlinear energy harvester device. The device is composed of a cantilever beam partially covered by piezoelectric ceramics in a bimorph configuration with a magnetic lumped mass attached to the beam’s free end. The model accounts for the nonlinearity coming from the piezoelectric constitutive equations in addition to the nonlinear effect arising from the magnetic field generated by the magnetic properties of the tip mass and additional magnetic sources in the vicinity of the beam. The electromechanical coupled equations are solved numerically through the initial value problems for ordinary differential equations. The electrical power output is calculated by varying the amplitude of the base acceleration, the distance between the magnets and the load resistor. The stability of the system is also investigated. From the numerical results it is found that the influence of the parameters investigated in the frequency range of operation of the device and the nonlinear effects present on the device energy harvester extend the useful frequency range of these.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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