Author ORCID Identifier
Shahzrad Towfighian - https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5084-7395
parametric resonator, coupled oscillators, energy harvesting, nonlinear dynamics, nonlinear vibration, parametric resonance, piezoelectric
A parametric resonator for vibration energy harvesting is presented. Despite large responses from parametric resonance, two major drawbacks of parametric resonance harvesters are the high threshold excitation and narrow bandwidth. We addressed these two shortcomings by adding magnetic nonlinearity to the system. The proposed vibration energy harvester consists of two piezoelectric cantilevers beams, each with a magnetic tip. By controlling the distance between the two magnets, the threshold excitation level needed to trigger the parametric resonance decreases. Combining the softening and hardening behavior of the two magnetically coupled beams increases the frequency bandwidth. In addition, the amplitude of the response increases with the merger of the direct and parametric resonances of the two beams. We present a mathematical model of the system consisting of two lumped systems coupled by the magnetic force. The coupled governing equations are solved numerically, analytically, and are veriﬁed by experiments. Unique characteristics of wider bandwidth, larger response, and lower threshold excitation occur at the low frequency because of the added magnetic nonlinearity to the two-beam system. These properties can improve the eﬃciency of vibration energy harvesters.
Journal of Sound and Vibration, published by Elsevier - https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsv.2019.01.038
W. Yang, S. Towfighian (2019), A Parametric Resonator with Low Threshold Excitation for Vibration Energy Harvesting, Journal of Sound and Vibration, Vol. 446, pp. 129-143.
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