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Analytical and Numerical Investigations on a Bistable System for Energy Harvesting Application

[+] Author Affiliations
Matthias Heymanns, Peter Hagedorn

Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany

Paper No. DETC2014-34859, pp. V006T10A063; 7 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 6: 10th International Conference on Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Control
  • Buffalo, New York, USA, August 17–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4639-1
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


This paper aims at an analytical and numerical analysis of a bistable Duffing equation. One purpose lies in the identification of suitable oscillations for a robust energy harvesting device, i.e. a system that is well suited for a broad bandwidth excitation. A map is constructed illustrating the dependence of the harvested energy on the predominant oscillation type. It shows that inter-well oscillations lead to the highest energy harvest compared to intra-well and cross-well oscillations under harmonic excitation. The determination of the critical excitation parameters necessary to maintain inter-well oscillations is essential for the design of bistable energy harvesters. Therefore, investigations are made to attain an analytical description of the inter-well oscillation region. On this basis, a design criterion is derived for nonlinear energy harvesters.

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