Melnikov theoretic methods for characterizing the dynamics of the bistable piezoelectric inertial generator in complex spectral environments

Journal Article

Piezoelectric energy harvesters exploiting strong mechanical nonlinearities exhibit intrinsic suitability for one of several modern challenges in vibratory energy harvesting: consistent kinetic performance in the presence of broadband environmental excitation. In particular, the bistable piezoelectric generator has been prolifically examined. However, most of the relevant literature relies on numerical simulation of specific experimental realizations to demonstrate superior performance. Due to the complexities and lack of analytical solutions for such designs, streamlined methods for parameter optimization,potential well shaping, optimal electromechanical coupling considerations, and other design methodologies are thus inhibited. To facilitate future innovation and research, this paper employs techniques from chaotic dynamical systems theory to provide a simplified analytical framework such that deeper insight into the performance of the bistable piezoelectric inertial generator may be obtained. Specifically, Melnikov theory is investigated to provide metrics for which homoclinic bifurcation may occur in the presence of harmonic, multi-frequency, and broadband excitation. The analysis maintains full consideration of the electromechanical coupling and electrical impedance effects and predicts that for range of dimensionless electrical impedance values, the threshold for chaotic motion and other high-energy solutions is significantly influenced.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Stanton, SC; Mann, BP; Owens, BAM

Published Date

  • 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 241 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 711 - 720

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0167-2789

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.physd.2011.12.010