Novel optimization strategy of a flow-induced piezoelectric vibration-based energy harvesting structure

Tuo Hou, Yiwei Jiang, Jing Wang, Yong Ren

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In this paper, a novel boundary layer enhancement structure as well as various bluff body arrangement strategies were proposed to optimize the voltage output performance of a piezoelectric vibration-based energy harvest equipment. A systematic investigation in both numerical and experimental approaches revealed that an inversed 6-cylinder bluff body arrangement yielded significantly better voltage output performance than the previously reported dual-cylinder arrangement. A positive correlation can be observed between both flow velocity and the voltage output, and the cantilever beam tends to oscillate at a slightly higher frequency under a higher inflow velocity. A very noticeable improvement was observed when the proposed wall structure was applied, and our numerical study revealed that the wall structure induced a relatively stable layer of fluid near the wall and led to a much more chaotic wake of the bluff bodies which may account for the performance improvement of the system.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100227
Journale-Prime - Advances in Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Energy
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023


  • Boundary layer
  • Energy harvest
  • Output voltage
  • Piezoelectric
  • Structure optimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Engineering (all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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