Simulation of an Electrostatic Energy Harvester at Large Amplitude Narrow and Wide Band Vibrations

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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2042/16910
Title: Simulation of an Electrostatic Energy Harvester at Large Amplitude Narrow and Wide Band Vibrations
Author: Tvedt, Lars Geir Whist; Blystad, Lars-Cyril Julin; Halvorsen, Einar
Abstract: An electrostatic in-plane overlap varying energy harvester is modeled and simulated using a circuit simulator. Both linear and nonlinear models are investigated. The nonlinear model includes mechanical stoppers at the displacement extremes. Large amplitude excitation signals, both narrow and wide band, are used to emulate environmental vibrations. Nonlinear behavior is significant at large displacement due to the impact on mechanical stoppers. For a sinusoidal excitation the mechanical stoppers cause the output power to flatten and weakly decrease. For a wide band excitation, the output power first increases linearly with the power spectral density of the input signal, then grows slower than linearly.
Publisher: EDA Publishing, Grenoble, France
Date: 2008

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