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Vibration Energy Harvesting: Linear, Nonlinear, and Rotational Approaches

Call for Papers

In recent years, multifunctional and low-power consuming features of modern electronic devices enable their widespread deployment in integrated/embedded sensor systems in the consumer electronics, Internet of Things (IoT) and so forth. However, their continuous functionality is limited by the life of the power source. To overcome this limitation, there is a growing interest in energy harvesting from the ambient environment to supply an uninterruptible power to these devices. Consequently, vibration-based energy harvesting has recently flourished as a major thrust area in small-scale energy generation. Kinetic energy generated by vibration is converted to electrical energy that can subsequently be stored and/or used directly as a power source. Depending on the source of vibration and intended application, these could be linear, nonlinear, and rotational. The main challenge is to design an efficient harvesting system. The efficient design of such energy harvesting system requires thorough understanding of the characteristics of the surrounding vibration, the device components, and the dynamics of the overall system.

The proposed aim of this special issue is to present current state-of-the-art research in the fields of vibration energy harvesting systems including linear, nonlinear, and rotational systems, addressing a variety of topics from application to analysis, all with the goal of developing efficient vibration energy harvesting system. We welcome original research articles which should include in-depth research discussions clearly identifying the current progress and challenges in the respective field. Review articles summarizing the current state of understanding of a particular topic in the field are also welcome.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • General issues on linear, nonlinear, and rotational vibration energy harvesting
  • Linearity/nonlinearity in rotational energy harvesting systems
  • Theory, modeling, and analysis of vibration energy harvesters
  • Optimization techniques for efficient energy harvesting
  • Power management for vibration energy harvesting systems
  • Vibration powered wireless sensor networks in the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Wearable energy harvesting for low-power electronics
  • Bioinspired energy generation, conversion, and storage
  • Self-powered integrated/embedded sensor systems
  • Wind and flow driven energy harvesting systems
  • Micro/nanoelectromechanical systems for vibration energy harvesting
  • Application and implementation issues in vibration energy harvesting systems

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 27 April 2018
Publication DateSeptember 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

Lead Guest Editor

Guest Editors

  • Kai Tao, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, China
  • Shahrzad Towfighian, State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, USA
  • Dibin Zhu, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK