This paper aims to investigate the response and characterize the effective frequency bandwidth of tri-stable vibratory energy harvesters. To achieve this goal, the method of multiple scales is utilized to construct analytical solutions describing the amplitude and stability of the intra- and inter-well dynamics of the harvester. Using these solutions, critical bifurcations in the parameter’s space are identified and used to define an effective frequency bandwidth of the harvester. A piezoelectric tri-stable energy harvester consisting of a uni-morph cantilever beam is considered. Stiffness nonlinearities are introduced into the harvesters design by applying a static magnetic field near the tip of the beam. Experimental studies performed on the harvester are presented to validate some of the theoretical findings.

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