Nonlinear Dynamics of a Star-Shaped Structure and Variable Configuration of Elastic Elements for Energy Harvesting Applications


The subject of the model research contained in this paper is a new design solution of the energy harvesting system with a star-shaped structure of elastic elements and variable configuration. Numerical experiments focused mainly on the assessment of the configuration of elastic elements in the context of energy harvesting efficiency. The results of computer simulations were limited to zero initial conditions as it is the natural position of the static equilibrium. The article compares the energy efficiency for the selected range of the dimensionless excitation frequency. For this purpose, four cases of elastic element configurations were compared. The results are visualized based on the diagram of RMS voltage induced on piezoelectric electrodes, bifurcation diagrams, Lyapunov exponents, and Poincaré maps, showing the impact of individual solutions on the efficiency of energy harvesting. The results of the simulations show that the harvester’s efficiency ranges from 4 V to 20 V depending on the configuration and the frequency range of the excitation, but the design allows for a smooth adjustment to the given conditions.


Authors: Jerzy Margielewicz, Damian Gąska, Grzegorz Litak, Piotr Wolszczak, Carlo Trigona

This paper was published in: Sensors 2022, 22, 2518

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ehDialog This work was supported by the program of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland under the project DIALOG 0019/DLG/2019/10 in the years 2019-2021.