Broadband energy harvesting from parametric vibrations of a class of nonlinear Mathieu systems
journal contributionposted on 01.06.2017, 10:19 by Panagiotis Alevras, Stephanos Theodossiades, Homer Rahnejat
The nonlinear dynamics of Mathieu equation with the inclusion of a cubic stiffness component is considered for broadband vibration energy harvesting. Results of numerical integration are compared with the corresponding solution of a regular Duffing oscillator, which is widely used to model nonlinear energy harvesting. Use of Duffing oscillators has shown direct correspondence between the effective frequency range of the associated hysteretic phenomenon and the value of the nonlinearity coefficient. Due to that, a broadband energy harvester requires strong nonlinearity, especially for high frequencies of interest. This letter demonstrates that the effectiveness of parametrically-excited systems is not constrained by the same requirement. Based on this, it is suggested that parametrically-excited systems can be a robust means of broadband vibration harvesting.
This work was supported by the EPSRC [grant number EP/L019426/1].
- Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering