Zamm-Zeitschrift Fur Angewandte Mathematik Und Mechanik
An energy harvesting concept has been proposed comprising a piezoelectric patch on a vertical cantilever beam with a tip mass. The cantilever beam is excited in the transverse direction at its base. This device is highly nonlinear with two potential wells for large tip masses, when the beam is buckled. For the pre-buckled case considered here, the stiffness is low and hence the displacement response is large, leading to multiple solutions to harmonic excitation that are exploited in the harvesting device. To maximise the energy harvested in systems with multiple solutions the higher amplitude response should be preferred. This paper investigates the amplitude of random noise excitation where the harvester is unable to sustain the high amplitude solution, and at some point will jump to the low amplitude solution. The investigation is performed on a validated model of the harvester and the effect is demonstrated experimentally.
Original Publication Citation
Friswell, M. I., Bilgen, O., Ali, S. F., Litak, G., & Adhikari, S. (2015). The effect of noise on the response of a vertical cantilever beam energy harvester. Zamm-Zeitschrift Fur Angewandte Mathematik Und Mechanik, 95(5), 433-443. doi:10.1002/zamm.201300183
Friswell, Michael I.; Bilgen, Onur; Ali, S. Faruque; Litak, Grzegorz; and Adhikari, Sondipon, "The Effect of Noise on the Response of a Vertical Cantilever Beam Energy Harvester" (2015). Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Faculty Publications. 77.