Toward Harvesting Vibration Energy from Multiple Directions by a Nonlinear Compressive-Mode Piezoelectric Transducer

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Original languageEnglish
Article number7163607
Pages (from-to)1787-1791
Journal / PublicationIEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics
Issue number3
Online published21 Jul 2015
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes


We propose a new concept for harvesting vibration energy from multiple directions. Our approach effectively exploits the nonlinear vibration of a doubly clamped elastic rod, converting and amplifying excitations to compressive loads in piezoelectric materials. The proposed multidirectional compressive-mode piezoelectric energy harvester (MC-PEH) is capable of isotropically harnessing vibration energy from any angle in a plane. Meanwhile, the MC-PEH demonstrates a high-voltage output and a wide working bandwidth, along with the distinct softening nonlinear phenomena. Theoretical analysis and experimental testing are performed and exhibit good agreement over a range of excitation frequencies. This study enhances the practicability and adaptability of using energy harvesters in a complex environment.

Research Area(s)

  • Energy harvesting, multidirectional, nonlinear vibration, piezoelectric