Nonlinear Dynamics

, Volume 84, Issue 4, pp 2079–2098 | Cite as

Vibration energy harvesting with a nonlinear structure

  • Chunchuan Liu
  • Xingjian Jing
Original Paper


In the paper, beneficial nonlinearities incurred by an X-shape structure are explored for advantageous vibration energy harvesting performance. To this aim, a nonlinear structure beneficial for vibration energy harvesting is proposed, which is composed by X-shape supporting structures and a rigid body. By designing structure nonlinearities, which are determined by several key structure parameters, the power output peak of the harvesting system can be much improved and the effective frequency bandwidth for energy harvesting can be obviously increased, especially at the low frequency range. A coupling effect can be created among nonlinear stiffness and damping characteristics by constructing a 2-DOF vibration system, which has great influence on the energy harvesting performance. The proposed nonlinear energy harvesting systems can obviously outperform the corresponding linear systems in the whole frequency range and also demonstrate advantages compared with some other existing nonlinear energy harvesting systems in the literature. The results in this study provide a novel and practical method for the design of effective and efficient energy harvesting systems (especially in the low frequency range).


Energy harvesting systems X-shape structures Vibrations Nonlinear systems 



The authors gratefully acknowledge the support from a GRF project of Hong Kong RGC (Ref No.15206514), NSFC projects (No. 61374041 and 11402067) of China, Internal Competitive Research Grants of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and a grant from the Innovation and Technology Commission of the HKSAR Government to the Hong Kong Branch of National Rail Transit Electrification and Automation Engineering Technology Research Center.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringHong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHung HomPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Hong Kong Branch of National Rail Transit Electrification and Automation Engineering Technology Research CenterHong KongPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.School of Mechatronics EngineeringHarbin Institute of TechnologyHarbinPeople’s Republic of China

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