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Joint Characteristic Effect on the Performance of Nonlinear Piezoelectric Energy Harvesters

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Kamal Jahani, Parisa Aghazadeh

University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran

Paper No. SMASIS2016-9015, pp. V002T07A002; 10 pages
  • ASME 2016 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems
  • Volume 2: Modeling, Simulation and Control; Bio-Inspired Smart Materials and Systems; Energy Harvesting
  • Stowe, Vermont, USA, September 28–30, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Aerospace Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5049-7
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


In this work, the effects of joint characteristics on the performance of a nonlinear piezoelectric energy harvester are investigated numerically. Large amplitude deflection unimorph beam with a tip mass and a nonlinear piezoelectric layer is considered as an energy harvester. By applying Euler-Lagrange equation and the Gauss’s law, mechanical and electrical equations of motion are obtained respectively, under two scenarios, i.e. with an ideal (rigid) joint and with a flexible one. A numerical approach is followed to investigate the effects of each nonlinear parameter of the harvester (stiffness, damping and piezoelectric coefficient) on harvested power. Results show that considering ideal joint between harvester and base structure leads to overestimating the maximum output power and the range of effective excitation frequency.

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