The effect of noise on the response of a vertical cantilever beam energy harvester

M. I. Friswell, O. Bilgen, S. F. Ali, G. Litak, S. Adhikari

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An energy harvesting concept has been proposed comprising a piezoelectric patch on a vertical cantilever beam with a tip mass. The cantilever beam is excited in the transverse direction at its base. This device is highly nonlinear with two potential wells for large tip masses, when the beam is buckled. For the pre-buckled case considered here, the stiffness is low and hence the displacement response is large, leading to multiple solutions to harmonic excitation that are exploited in the harvesting device. To maximise the energy harvested in systems with multiple solutions the higher amplitude response should be preferred. This paper investigates the amplitude of random noise excitation where the harvester is unable to sustain the high amplitude solution, and at some point will jump to the low amplitude solution. The investigation is performed on a validated model of the harvester and the effect is demonstrated experimentally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)433-443
Number of pages11
JournalZAMM Zeitschrift fur Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computational Mechanics


  • Base excitation
  • Bifurcation
  • Broadband
  • Energy harvesting
  • Low frequency
  • Piezoelectric
  • Random noise

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