Orientation of bluff body for designing efficient energy harvesters from vortex-induced vibrations
Dai, Hu Liang
Date of Issue2016-02-04
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
The characteristics and performances of four distinct vortex-induced vibrations (VIVs) piezoelectricenergy harvesters are experimentally investigated and compared. The difference between these VIV energy harvesters is the installation of the cylindrical bluff body at the tip of cantilever beam with different orientations (bottom, top, horizontal, and vertical). Experiments show that the synchronization regions of the bottom, top, and horizontal configurations are almost the same at low wind speeds (around 1.5 m/s). The vertical configuration has the highest wind speed for synchronization (around 3.5 m/s) with the largest harvested power, which is explained by its highest natural frequency and the smallest coupled damping. The results lead to the conclusion that to design efficient VIV energy harvesters, the bluff body should be aligned with the beam for low wind speeds (<2 m/s) and perpendicular to the beam at high wind speeds (>2 m/s).
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Applied Physics Letters
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