Energy Harvesting from Piezoelectric Stacks Using Impacting Beam

Ozpak Y., Aykan M., ÇALIŞKAN M.

33rd IMAC Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, Florida, United States Of America, 2 - 05 February 2015, pp.25-37 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/978-3-319-15233-2_4
  • City: Florida
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Page Numbers: pp.25-37
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Piezoelectric materials can be used for energy harvesting from ambient vibration due to their high power density and ease of application. Two basic methods, namely, tuning the natural frequency to the operational frequency and increasing the operation bandwidth of the harvester are commonly employed to maximize the energy harvested from piezoelectric materials. Majority of the studies performed in recent years focus mostly on tuning the natural frequency of the harvester. However, small deviations in operating frequency from the natural frequency can cause excessive loss in the power output. It is then advantageous to design a harvester which is capable operating in a wide frequency band. This goal could be achieved both by expanding effective bands of natural frequencies and introducing a frequency-rich external input to the system. The main idea is to supply constant excitation energy into the harvester system to obtain high energy levels by changing system characteristics. In this study, in order to investigate the effects of impacts on energy harvested, an analytical model of an impacting beam with piezoelectric stack at its tip is developed. Experimental validation of analytical results is also performed.