Bistable Vibration Energy Harvesters: a review

S. P. Pellegrini, N. Tolou, Mark Schenk, J. L. Herder

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Powering electronics without depending on batteries is an open research field. Mechanical vibrations prove to be a reliable energy source, but low-frequency broadband vibrations cannot be harvested effectively using linear oscillators. This article discusses an alternative for harvesting such vibrations, with energy harvesters with two stable configurations. The challenges related to nonlinear dynamics are briefly discussed. Different existing designs of bistable energy harvesters are presented and classified, according to their feasibility for miniaturization. A general dynamic model for those designs is described. Finally, an extensive discussion on quantitative measures of evaluating the effectiveness of energy harvesters is accomplished, resulting in the proposition of a new dimensionless metric suited for a broadband analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1303-1312
JournalJournal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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