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Journal of Sensors
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 2673292, 7 pages
Research Article

Experimental Study on Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting from Vortex-Induced Vibrations and Wake-Induced Vibrations

Min Zhang1,2 and Junlei Wang3,4,5

1School of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 800 Dongchuan Road, Shanghai 200240, China
2Shipping and Marine Engineering College, Chongqing Jiao Tong University, Chongqing 40074, China
3School of Chemical Engineering and Energy, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450002, China
4Key Laboratory of Low-Grade Energy Utilization Technologies and Systems, Chongqing University, Ministry of Education of China, Chongqing 400044, China
5Jiangsu Engineering Research Center on Meteorological Energy Using and Control, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, Nanjing 210000, China

Received 3 March 2016; Accepted 13 April 2016

Academic Editor: Rui Tang

Copyright © 2016 Min Zhang and Junlei Wang. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A rigid circular cylinder with two piezoelectric beams attached on has been tested through vortex-induced vibrations (VIV) and wake-induced vibrations (WIV) by installing a big cylinder fixed upstream, in order to study the influence of the different flow-induced vibrations (FIV) types. The VIV test shows that the output voltage increases with the increases of load resistance; an optimal load resistance exists for the maximum output power. The WIV test shows that the vibration of the small cylinder is controlled by the vortex frequency of the large one. There is an optimal gap of the cylinders that can obtain the maximum output voltage and power. For a same energy harvesting device, WIV has higher power generation capacity; then the piezoelectric output characteristics can be effectively improved.