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Framework to Quantify Uncertainties in Piezoelectric Energy Harvesters

[+] Author Affiliations
Rafael O. Ruiz, Viviana Meruane

Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile

Paper No. IMECE2016-65699, pp. V04BT05A057; 10 pages
  • ASME 2016 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 4B: Dynamics, Vibration, and Control
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA, November 11–17, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5055-8
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


The interest of this work is to describe a framework to propagate uncertainties in piezoelectric energy harvesters (PEHs). The uncertainties are related to the random error associated to the mathematical model adopted, incomplete knowledge of the model parameters and the randomness nature of the excitation. The framework presented could be employed to conduct Prior and Posterior Robust Stochastic predictions. The prior analysis assumes a known Probability Density Function (PDF) for the uncertain variables while the posterior analysis calculates this PDF by adopting a Bayesian updating technique. The framework is particularized to evaluate the behavior of the Frequency Response Functions (FRFs) in PEHs while its implementation is illustrated by the use of a unimorph PEH. Results reveal the importance to include the model parameters uncertainties in the estimation of the FRFs. In that sense, the present framework constitutes a powerful tool in the robust design and prediction of PEH’s performance.

Copyright © 2016 by ASME



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