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Bimorph disk piezoelectric energy harvester under base excitation: electroelastic modeling and experimental validation
Author(s): A. Darabi; S. Shahab; M. J. Leamy; A. Erturk
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Paper Abstract

Vibration-based energy harvesting using a disk-type piezoelectric bimorph with thickness poled circular piezoelectric laminates is explored theoretically and experimentally. The bimorph disk consists of two circular laminates electrically connected in series and shunted through the outer surface electrodes to an electrical load for characterizing the power output and piezoelectrically shunted vibration in response to base excitation. The bimorph disk with free edge conditions is mounted to the vibrating base from its center and the focus is placed on the fundamental axisymmetric vibration mode. Electromechanical coupling is introduced to the distributed-parameter model of the thin circular plate and a resistive load is considered across the electrodes. Following a modal analysis-based electroelastic solution, closed-form expressions are obtained for the voltage output and shunted vibration frequency response functions by accounting for the two-way coupling in the presence of a finite electrical load impedance. Experimental validations of the electroelastic model are given for two separate bimorph disks of different diameters.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 April 2015
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 9431, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2015, 943110 (2 April 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2085607
Show Author Affiliations
A. Darabi, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
S. Shahab, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
M. J. Leamy, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
A. Erturk, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9431:
Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2015
Wei-Hsin Liao, Editor(s)

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