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Stiffness nonlinearity as a means for resonance frequency tuning and enhancing mechanical robustness of vibration power harvesters
Author(s): J. Loverich; R. Geiger; J. Frank
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Paper Abstract

This paper addresses a particular type of power harvesting in which energy in the periodic movement of structures is parasitically converted to stored electric charge. In such applications, tuning of the vibration power harvesters' resonance frequency is often required to match the host structures' forcing frequency. This paper presents a method of adjusting the boundary conditions of nonlinear stiffness elements as a means of tuning the resonance frequency of piezoelectric vibration power harvesters (altering the deformation mode from bending to in-plane stretching). Using this tuning method, the resonance frequency was experimentally varied between 56 and 62 Hz. For a vibration level of 2 mm/s, the harvester has a similar Q to a linear system but its Q is reduced by one third at a vibration level of 10 mm/s. This behavior is important for applications where high sensitivity is required for low vibration levels but mechanical robustness is required for high vibration levels.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 April 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6928, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2008, 692805 (18 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.776314
Show Author Affiliations
J. Loverich, KCF Technologies, Inc. (United States)
R. Geiger, KCF Technologies, Inc. (United States)
J. Frank, KCF Technologies, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6928:
Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2008
Mehdi Ahmadian, Editor(s)

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