Internally coupled metamaterial beam for simultaneous vibration suppression and low frequency energy harvesting

Das, R 2018, 'Internally coupled metamaterial beam for simultaneous vibration suppression and low frequency energy harvesting', Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 123, no. 5, pp. 1-17.


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Title Internally coupled metamaterial beam for simultaneous vibration suppression and low frequency energy harvesting
Author(s) Das, R
Year 2018
Journal name Journal of Applied Physics
Volume number 123
Issue number 5
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 17
Publisher AIP Publishing
Abstract The paper proposes a modified metamaterial beam for simultaneous vibration suppression and energy harvesting. Local resonators in the modified metamaterial beam are alternately coupled, and each resonator is associated with a piezoelectric element for converting vibrations into electrical energy. First, the mathematical model of the modified metamaterial beam based piezoelectric energy harvester (PEH) is developed. The vibration suppression and energy harvesting performances of this system are analysed and compared with those of a conventional metamaterial beam PEH. The analytical results predict that not only the energy harvesting performance can be massively reinforced in the low frequency range, but also the vibration suppression performance can be slightly enhanced due to the appearance of an additional band gap. Subsequently, two finite element models, Models A and B, are developed. Model A is expected to be equivalent to the analytical model for validation and the local oscillators represented by lumped parameters in the analytical model are modelled by using cantilevers with tip masses. These tip masses are alternately coupled with ideal springs. The finite element analysis results in terms of both vibration suppression and energy harvesting show good agreement with the analytical results. Finally, to propose a more practical design of the internal coupling, Model B is established. Every two neighbouring tip masses are alternately coupled by using a beam connection. The finite element analysis results show that Model B is not completely equivalent to the proposed analytical model: no significant enhancement in terms of energy harvesting but a remarkably enhanced vibration suppression performance.
Subject Philosophy and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
DOI - identifier 10.1063/1.5011999
ISSN 0021-8979
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