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Energy harvesting from the nonlinear oscillations of magnetic levitation

Mann, B.P. and Sims, N.D. (2009) Energy harvesting from the nonlinear oscillations of magnetic levitation. Journal of Sound and Vibration, 319 (1-2). pp. 515-530. ISSN 0022-460X


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This paper investigates the design and analysis of a novel energy harvesting device that uses magnetic levitation to produce an oscillator with a tunable resonance. The governing equations for the mechanical and electrical domains are derived to show the designed system reduces to the form of a Duffing oscillator under both static and dynamic loads. Thus, nonlinear analyses are required to investigate the energy harvesting potential of this prototypical nonlinear system. Theoretical investigations are followed by a series of experimental tests that validate the response predictions. The motivating hypothesis for the current work was that nonlinear phenomenon could be exploited to improve the effectiveness of energy harvesting devices.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright © 2009 Elsevier. This is an author produced version of a paper published in "Journal of Sound and Vibration". Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Engineering (Sheffield) > Department of Mechanical Engineering (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Dr Neil D Sims
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2009 14:44
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 16:58
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsv.2008.06.011
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jsv.2008.06.011
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/8882

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