Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 137–143

Design optimization of piezoelectric energy harvester subject to tip excitation

Authors

  • Juil Park
    • Department of Mechanical EngineeringKorea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
    • Department of Aerospace and Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of Notre Dame
  • Byung Man Kwak
    • Department of Mechanical EngineeringKorea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12206-011-0910-1

Cite this article as:
Park, J., Lee, S. & Kwak, B.M. J Mech Sci Technol (2012) 26: 137. doi:10.1007/s12206-011-0910-1

Abstract

This research proposes a new design for a cantilever-type piezoelectric energy harvester in which a free tip is excited by any rotary motion of mechanical devices. A coupled field finite element model for the harvester is constructed using ANSYS and verification study is performed. Design optimization on the shape of the harvester is done to maximize output power. The design optimization result shows excellent performance when compared to a simple rectangular cantilever or the well-known tapered cantilever. The design results are prototyped and their improved performances are experimentally attested.

Keywords

Energy harvestingPiezoelectricityPVDFVibrationRotary motionTip excitationShape optimization

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© The Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012