The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 224, Issue 14–15, pp 2897–2907 | Cite as

Response analysis of a nonlinear magnetoelectric energy harvester under harmonic excitation

  • S. NaifarEmail author
  • S. Bradai
  • C. Viehweger
  • O. Kanoun
Regular Article Electromagnetic Energy Harvesting
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Nonlinear and Multiscale Dynamics of Smart Materials in Energy Harvesting


Magnetostrictive (MS) piezoelectric composites provide interesting possibilities to harvest energy from low amplitude and low frequency vibrations with a relative high energy outcome. In this paper a magnetoelectric (ME) vibration energy harvester has been designed, which consists of two ME transducers a magnetic circuit and a magnetic spring. The ME transducers consist of three layered Terfenol-D and Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) laminated composites. The outcoming energy is collected directly from the piezo layer to avoid electrical losses. In the system under consideration, the magnetic forces between the ME transducers and the magnetic circuit introduce additional stiffness on the magnetic spring. The one degree of freedom system is analysed analytically and the corresponding governing equation is solved with the Lindstedt-Poincaré method. The effects of the structure parameters, such as the nonlinear magnetic forces and the magnetic field distribution, are analysed based on finite element analysis for optimization of electric output performances. Investigations demonstrate that 1.56 mW output power across 8 MΩ load resistance can be harvested for an excitation amplitude of 1 mm at 21.84 Hz.


European Physical Journal Special Topic Laminate Composite Magnetic Circuit Piezoelectric Layer Vibration Energy Harvester 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Naifar
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • S. Bradai
    • 1
    • 2
  • C. Viehweger
    • 1
  • O. Kanoun
    • 1
  1. 1.Chair for Measurement and Sensor Technology, Technische Universität ChemnitzChemnitzGermany
  2. 2.Laboratory of Electromechanical Systems, National Engineering School of Sfax, University of SfaxSfaxTunisia

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