Performance analysis of hybrid vibrational energy harvesters with experimental verification

Rammohan Sriramdas, Rudra Pratap

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In the present work, performance indices for a hybrid energy harvester (HEH) that is composed of piezoelectric and electrodynamic or electromagnetic mechanisms of energy conversion are analyzed. Performance of a HEH is defined in terms of Q-normalized power factor and efficiency of conversion. They are observed to acutely depend on coupling strength or figures of merit in both piezoelectric and electrodynamic domains. The influence of figures of merit on the Q-normalized power factor, and the limits of conversion efficiency are explored. Based on the studies, a suitable range for figures of merit that would maximize both Q-normalized power factor and conversion efficiency in hybrid harvesters is proposed. The proposed idea is verified experimentally for the appropriate values of figures of merit and efficiencies by fabricating and testing four experimental models of the HEHs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number075008
JournalSmart Materials and Structures
Issue number7
StatePublished - May 29 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Signal Processing
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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