Modeling, Simulation and Optimization of Piezoelectric Bimorph Transducer for Broadband Vibration Energy Harvesting in Multi-Beam and Trapezoidal Approach

  •  Nan Chen    
  •  Vishwas Bedekar    


The objective of the research is to design a broadband energy harvester device through the multi-beam approach and non-linear trapezoidal geometry approach. The performance of the composite piezoelectric PZT-PZN polycrystalline ceramic material is simulated using COMSOL Multiphysics, and results are compared using series configuration of a composite bimorph energy harvester which vibrates at its 1st fundamental frequency. We chose a five cantilever multibeam harvester to demonstrate that individual fundamental modes of the beams can achieve a broader frequency band and generate power. Authors also show that composite trapezoidal beam design leads to high power density broadband frequency response. The multibeam approach resulted in broader bandwidth of 18 Hz while generating a power density of 0.0913 mW/cm3 whereas the trapezoidal shape generated 2.3 – 2.5 mW/cm3 with a bandwidth of 4 to 6 Hz. Authors believe that these results could help design broadband energy harvesters to enhance power density as well as bandwidth.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1927-0585
  • ISSN(Online): 1927-0593
  • Started: 2012
  • Frequency: quarterly

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