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Asgharzadeh M, Jahani K, Kianpoor A, Homayoun Sadeghi M. Investigating Energy Harvesting from Unimorph Trapezoidal Beam Vibrations Using Distributed Parameters Method. Modares Mechanical Engineering. 2015; 14 (15) :96-102
URL: http://journals.modares.ac.ir/article-15-9172-en.html
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In recent years,the need for low power electronic circuits like sensors and wireless systems, has been considered by many researchers.Excessive weight, limited lifetime of the batteries and also having problem in replacing them, are the main reasons for harvesting energy from ambient vibrations. Among the various sources of environmental energy, mechanical vibrations, has gained popularity due to the availability. Among the different methods of ambient vibration energy harvesting, piezoelectric method, is one of the good ways to harvest energy due to the favorable effects of electromechanical coupling. The most common means of harvesting energy from vibrations, is a unimorph or bimorph cantilevered beam. In the present paper, electrical energy harvesting from Euler-Bernoulli trapezoidal cantilevered unimorph beam with base excitation using distributed parameter method has been considered. First, equations of motion analytically obtained and then using Assumed modes method(for rectangular beam), system’s natural frequencies is calculated and output voltage, current and power diagrams are presented. For verifying results, presented voltage, current and power diagrams for trapezoidal configuration close to rectangular configuration that it’s results are published in references, will be compared. Then, functional parameters for trapezoidal energy harvester, with resistance value changes for energy consumer has been analyzed.
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Article Type: Research Article | Subject: Vibration|Analytical Methods
Received: 2014/07/22 | Accepted: 2014/08/26 | Published: 2014/10/20

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