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Edited by: B.H.V. Topping and P. Iványi
Paper 5.10

Energy harvesting and sensitivity analysis of vibrating piezoelectric composite beam

W. Larbi1, R. Aloui2 and M. Chouchane2

1Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM), France
2Ecole Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Monastir, Tunisia

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W. Larbi, R. Aloui, M. Chouchane, "Energy harvesting and sensitivity analysis of vibrating piezoelectric composite beam", in B.H.V. Topping, P. Iványi, (Editors), "Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Engineering Computational Technology", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, Online volume: CCC 2, Paper 5.10, 2022, doi:10.4203/ccc.2.5.10
Keywords: global sensitivity analysis, elementary effects, piezoelectric energy harvesting, finite element method.


Vibration energy harvesting using the direct effect of piezoelectricity has attracted increasing attention during the last two decades. Different modeling techniques have been applied to describe the electromechanical coupling effect of a piezoelectric harvester and to predict its electrical output. This study aims to identify the most important properties of both harvester substrate material and piezoelectric material that cause uncertainty in the predicted performances of the harvester. Global sensitivity analysis, applied in this paper, is a promising method used to identify systems parameters which have significant impact on the system output. In this paper, the Elementary Effects method (EEs), a particular implementation of the global sensitivity method, is used to identify the impact of substrate and piezoelectric material properties on the voltage frequency response function of a typical bimorph piezoelectric energy harvester with fixed geometry. With a small number of model evaluations at selected ranges of material properties, it has been found that the elastic modulus and density of the piezoelectric layer are the parameters which lead to the largest output variability. Furthermore, it has been found that the order of importance of the parameters can change from short-circuit to open-circuit conditions.

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