Analysis of energy harvesting from multiple pendulums with and without mechanical coupling
Department of Applied Mechanics, Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, Chennai 600 036, India
Received: 22 August 2015
Revised: 9 September 2015
Published online: 20 November 2015
Multiple energy harvesters in a single device has become important to harvest enough power for sensors. In such situation presence of mistuning may change the performance of the overall system. This paper studies the issue of presence of mistuning in such system and also extend the study to performance evaluation when mechanically coupling is present between the multiple harvesters. A simple case of two pendulums in a same frame is analysed for electromagnetic energy harvesting. Experiments are carried out to support the numerical evaluation. The study limits its observations to low frequency and low amplitude motions. The observation made are very interesting and intricate.
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