Introducing revolute joints into piezoelectric energy harvesters

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Original languageEnglish
Article number116604
Journal / PublicationEnergy
Volume192
Online published29 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020

Abstract

In this paper, we originally report an approach for cantilever piezoelectric energy harvesters (PEHs) for frequency tuning and performance improvement. The proposed scheme implements embedment of revolute joint(s) into PEH structure. We investigated two ways of embedment: the prior one is to replace the clamped edge partially with a joint and the other is to incorporate joint(s) into the substrate plane. Introducing joint mechanism reduces stiffness of the harvester, leading to more intense vibration and higher voltage of the piezoelectric element. We conducted FEA to validate hypothetical stiffness reduction by deriving resonant frequency considering parameters of joint width, length and number. Furthermore, experimental studies were conducted to compare open-circuit voltages in the frequency domain, power generation and capacitor-charging capabilities. The resonant frequencies from experiments display a good agreement with those from our simulation estimations. The embedded joint(s) effectively lowers resonant frequency by ∼43.1%. The output voltage of jointed cases increases ∼71.2 V, 2.83 times as high as that of the counterpart case. The mean power of the jointed cases reaches 0.49 mW, 7.3 times as high as that of the counterpart case. Furthermore, experimental charging results indicate remarkable improvement in charging capabilities regarding much higher charging rates and higher saturated voltage.

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  • Frequency tuning, High performance, Piezoelectric energy harvester, Revolute joint

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Introducing revolute joints into piezoelectric energy harvesters. / Li, Zhongjie; Yang, Zhengbao; Naguib, Hani E.
In: Energy, Vol. 192, 116604, 01.02.2020.

Research output: Journal Publications and ReviewsRGC 21 - Publication in refereed journalpeer-review