A galloping piezoelectric harvester for small wind energy harvesting usually consists of a cantilever beam clamped at one end and a tip body attached to its free end. The tip body has significant influence on the aeroelastic characteristic of the harvester thus the efficiency of energy harvesting. However, no systematic study on the tip body is available in the literature. This article focuses on the effect of tip body on the performance of the harvester. A prototype device is fabricated with different tip bodies having various cross sections, lengths, and masses. Wind tunnel tests are conducted to determine the influence of these parameters on the power generated. A peak output power of 8.4 mW is achieved at a wind velocity of 8 m/s for the harvester with a tip of square section. An analytical model integrating electromechanical and aerodynamic formulations is established, and the results agree well with the experiments. It is recommended that the tip of square section should be used for galloping energy harvesters.

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