Title

Spring Powered Assist Motor

Presenter Information

brendan schmid

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom A

Start Date

17-5-2012

End Date

17-5-2012

Abstract

Spring Powered Assist Motor Source Abstract 2012 By Brendan Schmid --MET Question: How to store energy lost during braking or downhill, and return it to the wheels when desired without the use of batteries or electronics, i.ei, regenerative braking. Rationale: With the increased need of our busy lives, transportation demands, gadgetry and electronics, the production of electricity and storage is of rising concern. When consumer’s consider petroleum’s role in transportation, all too often “electric” is the preferred solution�"the ultimate in “going green” and curbing our dependence of petroleum. In the realm of human-powered transportation, bicycles, electric is the much sought after solution. However, little consideration is given to the source of that electricity and our true dependence on fossil fuels�"from where does that electricity come? To break it down: 44.9% fossil fuels, 23.4% natural gas, 20.3% nuclear, and 10.2% renewables. Are we really going green? Electric transportation is increasing our demand from energy production as well as energy storage. Methods: The SPAM will be manufactured using machining technology and mechanical engineering principals. Results: The Spring Powered Assist Motor operates and propels a typical rider from stop. More testing is scheduled for spring quarter 2012. Principal Conclusions: The Spring Powered Assist Motor is sufficient to store adequate potential energy to assist rider up 15 foot hills over typical size city blocks. The motor is operational and has potential to incite further iterations.

Poster Number

38

Faculty Mentor(s)

Charles Pringle

Additional Mentoring Department

Industrial & Engineering Technology

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Spring Powered Assist Motor

SURC Ballroom A

Spring Powered Assist Motor Source Abstract 2012 By Brendan Schmid --MET Question: How to store energy lost during braking or downhill, and return it to the wheels when desired without the use of batteries or electronics, i.ei, regenerative braking. Rationale: With the increased need of our busy lives, transportation demands, gadgetry and electronics, the production of electricity and storage is of rising concern. When consumer’s consider petroleum’s role in transportation, all too often “electric” is the preferred solution�"the ultimate in “going green” and curbing our dependence of petroleum. In the realm of human-powered transportation, bicycles, electric is the much sought after solution. However, little consideration is given to the source of that electricity and our true dependence on fossil fuels�"from where does that electricity come? To break it down: 44.9% fossil fuels, 23.4% natural gas, 20.3% nuclear, and 10.2% renewables. Are we really going green? Electric transportation is increasing our demand from energy production as well as energy storage. Methods: The SPAM will be manufactured using machining technology and mechanical engineering principals. Results: The Spring Powered Assist Motor operates and propels a typical rider from stop. More testing is scheduled for spring quarter 2012. Principal Conclusions: The Spring Powered Assist Motor is sufficient to store adequate potential energy to assist rider up 15 foot hills over typical size city blocks. The motor is operational and has potential to incite further iterations.