Optimisation of an Aeroelastic Flutter Energy Harvester

Leanne Grainger*, Djamel Rezgui, David Barton

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This work is an investigation into approaches to optimising an aeroelastic utter energy harvester in order to maximise power output. The utter harvester was represented by a nonlinear two degree of freedom system coupled with a linear piezoelectric patch model. The energy harvester model was first optimised under steady state conditions and uniform flow speeds, to determine the values of tunable system parameters for which the power output is maximised. Parameters were then compared for their effectiveness and tuning ability. Furthermore, the performance of the harvester was also assessed at various flow distributions, since the uniform flow speed case is very idealistic. The assessment was carried out for different schemes for tuning the main system parameter for optimal energy generation. In these preliminary results the piezoelectric resistance was tuned to optimise the energy harvester and also used to test the tuning schemes. The three tuning schemes were; periodically setting the parameter, periodically sampling for a steady state before setting the parameter, and continuously varying the parameter.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication58th AIAA/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 2017
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc. (AIAA)
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781624104534
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jan 2017
EventAIAA SciTech Forum 2017: 58th AIAA/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference - Texas, Grapevine, United States
Duration: 9 Jan 201713 Jan 2017
Conference number: (AIAA 2017-1355)


ConferenceAIAA SciTech Forum 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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  • Engineering Mathematics Research Group


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