The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 224, Issue 14–15, pp 2675–2685 | Cite as

Nonlinear piezoelectric devices for broadband air-flow energy harvesting

  • Y. BaiEmail author
  • Z. Havránek
  • P. Tofel
  • C. Meggs
  • H. Hughes
  • T.W. Button
Regular Article Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Nonlinear and Multiscale Dynamics of Smart Materials in Energy Harvesting


This paper presents preliminary work on an investigation of a nonlinear air-flow energy harvester integrating magnets and a piezoelectric cantilever array. Two individual piezoelectric cantilevers with the structure of free-standing multi-layer thick-films have been fabricated and assembled with a free-spinning fan. The cantilevers were attached with different tip masses thereby achieving separated resonant frequencies. Also, permanent magnets were fixed onto the blades of the fan as well as the tips of the cantilevers, in order to create nonlinear coupling and transfer fluidic movement into mechanical oscillation. The device has been tested in a wind tunnel. Bifurcations in the spectra of the blade rotation speed of the fan as a function of output voltage have been observed, and a bandwidth (blade rotation speed range) widening effect has been achieved.


Root Mean Square European Physical Journal Special Topic Energy Harvester Piezoelectric Layer Force Frequency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. Bai
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Z. Havránek
    • 1
  • P. Tofel
    • 1
  • C. Meggs
    • 2
  • H. Hughes
    • 1
  • T.W. Button
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC), Brno University of TechnologyBrnoCzech Republic
  2. 2.School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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