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Characterizing the Effective Bandwidth of Tri-Stable Energy Harvesters

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Meghashyam Panyam, Mohammed F. Daqaq

Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Paper No. DETC2016-59929, pp. V006T09A047; 10 pages
  • ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 6: 12th International Conference on Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Control
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, August 21–24, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5018-3
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


This paper aims to investigate the response and characterize the effective frequency bandwidth of tri-stable vibratory energy harvesters. To achieve this goal, the method of multiple scales is utilized to construct analytical solutions describing the amplitude and stability of the intra- and inter-well dynamics of the harvester. Using these solutions, critical bifurcations in the parameter’s space are identified and used to define an effective frequency bandwidth of the harvester. A piezoelectric tri-stable energy harvester consisting of a uni-morph cantilever beam is considered. Stiffness nonlinearities are introduced into the harvesters design by applying a static magnetic field near the tip of the beam. Experimental studies performed on the harvester are presented to validate some of the theoretical findings.

Copyright © 2016 by ASME



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