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Modeling and comparison of cantilevered piezoelectric energy harvester with segmented and continuous electrode configurations
Author(s): Hongyan Wang; Lihua Tang; Xiaobiao Shan; Tao Xie; Yaowen Yang
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Paper Abstract

Continuous electrode configuration (CEC) has been widely used in piezoelectric energy harvesters (PEHs). A PEH with CEC works around the first resonance efficiently but it suffers from low efficiency due to cancellation effect around higher modes. The use of segmented electrode configuration (SEC) can avoid the cancellation effect around higher modes. To achieve this, the output from each electrode pair on the opposite sides of the strain node needs to be rectified separately. In such a case, the theoretical formulation for power estimation becomes challenging because of some nonlinear electrical components included. In this paper, a method based on combining the equivalent circuit model (ECM) and the circuit simulation is proposed to estimate the power outputs of the cantilevered PEH with the SEC. First, the parameters in the ECM considering multiple modes of the PEH with the SEC are identified from the finite element analysis. The ECM is then established and simulated in the SPICE software. The optimal power outputs from the PEH with the SEC are compared with those from the PEH with the CEC. The results illustrate the advantage of the SEC to enhance the power outputs of a PEH at higher resonance frequencies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 April 2013
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8688, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2013, 86882B (10 April 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2013816
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Hongyan Wang, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
Qiqihar Univ. (China)
Lihua Tang, Nanyang Technological Univ. (Singapore)
Xiaobiao Shan, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
Tao Xie, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
Yaowen Yang, Nanyang Technological Univ. (Singapore)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8688:
Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2013
Henry Sodano, Editor(s)

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