The recent potential benefit of nonlinearity has been applying in order to improve the effectiveness of energy harvesting devices. For instance, at relatively high excitation levels, both low and high-energy responses can coexist for the same parameter combinations in a hardening type Duffing oscillator, and this provides a wider bandwidth and a higher energy harvesting effectiveness under periodic excitations. However, frequency or amplitude sweeps of the excitation must be used in order to reach a desirable high-energy orbit, and this gives a limitation on practical implementation. This paper presents a stiffness tunable nonlinear vibrational energy harvester which contains a moving magnetic end mass attached to a cantilever beam, whose nonlinearity emerges from the interaction forces with two neighboring permanent magnets facing with opposing poles. The motivating hypothesis has been that the jump from the low-energy orbit to the high-energy orbit can be triggered by tuning the stiffness of the system without changing the frequency or the amplitude of the excitation. Theoretical investigations show a methodology for tuning stiffness, and experimental tests have validated that the proposed method can be used to trigger a jump to the desirable state, and hereby this can broaden the bandwidth of the energy harvester.
|Journal||International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics|
|Early online date||9 Jul 2014|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Dec 2014|
- energy harvesting
- hardening type duffing oscillator
- tunable stiffness
Su, D., Nakano, K., Zheng, R., & Cartmell, M. P. (2014). Investigations of a stiffness tunable nonlinear vibrational energy harvester. International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics , 14(8). https://doi.org/10.1142/S0219455414400239