The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 224, Issue 14–15, pp 2855–2866 | Cite as

Effect of boundary conditions on piezoelectric buckled beams for vibrational noise harvesting

  • F. Cottone
  • M. Mattarelli
  • H. Vocca
  • L. Gammaitoni
Regular Article Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Nonlinear and Multiscale Dynamics of Smart Materials in Energy Harvesting


Nonlinear bistable systems have proven to be advantageous for energy harvesting of random and real ambient vibrations. One simple way of implementing a bistable transducer is setting a piezoelectric beam in a post-buckled configuration by axial compression. Besides, hinged or clamped-clamped type of boundary conditions correspond to two different post-buckled shape functions. Here we study, through theoretical analysis and numerical simulations, the efficiency of a hinged and clamped-clamped piezoelectric bridge under band-limited random noise with progressive axial load. Clamped configuration results to harvest 26% more power than hinged around an optimal axial load of 0.05%, while, in the intra-well trapped situation, above 0.1%, the two configurations present no substantial difference. Nevertheless, simulations confirm the advantage of exploiting inter-well oscillations in bistable regime.


Axial Load European Physical Journal Special Topic Energy Harvesting Electrical Load Piezoelectric Layer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Cottone
    • 1
  • M. Mattarelli
    • 1
  • H. Vocca
    • 1
  • L. Gammaitoni
    • 1
  1. 1.NiPS Laboratory, Dipartimento di Fisica e Geologia, Università di PerugiaPerugiaItaly

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