Post-grazing dynamics of a vibro-impacting energy generator

Larissa Serdukova, Rachel Kuske, Daniil Yurchenko

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

17 Citations (Scopus)
10 Downloads (Pure)


The motion of a forced vibro-impacting inclined energy harvester is investigated in parameter regimes with asymmetry in the number of impacts on the bottom and top of the device. This motion occurs beyond a grazing bifurcation, at which alternating top and bottom impacts are supplemented by a zero velocity impact with the bottom of the device. For periodic forcing, we obtain semi-analytical expressions for the asymmetric periodic motion with a ratio of 2:1 for the impacts on the device bottom and top, respectively. These expressions are derived via a set of nonlinear maps between different pairs of impacts, combined with impact conditions that provide jump discontinuities in the velocity. Bifurcation diagrams for the analytical solutions are complemented by a linear stability analysis around the 2:1 asymmetric periodic solutions, and are validated numerically. For smaller incline angles, a second grazing bifurcation is numerically detected, leading to a 3:1 asymmetry. For larger incline angles, period doubling bifurcations precede grazing bifurcations. The converted electrical energy per impact is reduced for the asymmetric motions, and therefore less desirable under this metric.
Original languageEnglish
Article number115811
JournalJournal of Sound and Vibration
Early online date23 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - 3 Feb 2021


  • 05.45.-A
  • 43.20.Tb
  • 84.60.-H
  • 85.50.-N
  • Energy harvesting
  • Grazing bifurcation
  • Non-smooth dynamics
  • Output voltage
  • Periodic solutions
  • Vibro-impact system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Mechanical Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Post-grazing dynamics of a vibro-impacting energy generator'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this