Investigations of a nonlinear energy harvester with a bistable potential well

This paper investigates a nonlinear energy harvester that uses magnetic interactions to create an inertial generator with a bistable potential well. The motivating hypothesis for this work was that nonlinear behavior could be used to improve the performance of an energy harvester by broadening its frequency response. Theoretical investigations study the harvester's response when directly powering an electrical load. Both theoretical and experimental tests show that the potential well escape phenomenon can be used to broaden the frequency response of an energy harvester. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mann, BP; Owens, BA

Published Date

  • 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 329 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 1215 - 1226

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-460X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jsv.2009.11.034

Citation Source

  • SciVal