The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 222, Issue 7, pp 1597–1605 | Cite as

An autoparametric energy harvester

  • K. Kecik
  • M. Borowiec
Regular Article


This paper presents a numerical study of an autoparametric system composed of two elements: a pendulum and an excited nonlinear oscillator. Owing to an inertial coupling between the two elements, different types of motion are possible, from periodic to chaotic. This study examines a linear induction of an energy harvester depending on the pendulum motion. The harvester consists of a cylindrical permanent magnet mounted on a rotor and of four windings fixed to the housing as a stator. When the pendulum is rotating or swinging, the converter is generating energy due to magnetic induction. In this paper, a method utilizing parametrical resonance for harvesting energy from low frequency vibrations is studied. The authors compare energy induced by different types of pendulum motion: swinging, rotation and chaotic dynamics. Additionally, voltage values for different parameters of excitation are estimated.


European Physical Journal Special Topic Bifurcation Diagram Energy Harvesting Chaotic Motion Linear Oscillator 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Kecik
    • 1
  • M. Borowiec
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Applied MechanicsLublin University of TechnologyLublinPoland

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