Analytical and Experimental Investigation of a Curved Piezoelectric Energy Harvester

Talieh Pourashraf, Philip Bonello, Jason Truong

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Abstract: Piezoelectric energy harvesters have traditionally taken the form of base excited cantilevers. However, there is a growing body of research into the use of curved piezoelectric transducers for energy harvesting. The novel contribution of this paper is an analytical model of a piezoelectric energy harvesting curved beam based on the dynamic stiffness method (DSM) and its application to predict the measured output of a novel design of energy harvester that uses commercial curved transducers (THUNDER TH-7R). The DSM predictions are also verified against results from commercial finite element (FE) software. The validated results illustrate the resonance shift and shunt damping arising from the electrical effect. The magnitude, phase, Nyquist plots, and resonance frequency shift estimates from DSM and FE are all in satisfactory agreement. However, DSM has the advantage of having significantly fewer elements and is sufficiently accurate for commercial curved transducers used in applications where beam-like vibration is the predominant mode of vibration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2207
Issue number6
Early online date12 Mar 2022
Publication statusPublished - 12 Mar 2022


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