The performance of vehicle systems incorporating energy storage flywheels was investigated in a recent Aerospace study for the Department of Energy. A synopsis of the study effort and of results obtained to date is presented. The effort involved an in-depth assessment of flywheel system benefits in two vehicle applications: a four-passenger commuter car with electric drive (flywheel range extension application) and a six-passenger family car with conventional heat engine drive (flywheel fuel conservation application). The special case of the six-passenger vehicle as used in taxicab service was also investigated. The study examined a number of possible component design/selection alternatives for flywheel rotors, continuously variable transmissions, batteries, motors, and other propulsion elements. Results of the assessment are provided for the case of a series-configuration heat engine/flywheel drivetrain as used in the passenger car and urban taxi vehicle missions. (ERA citation 06:028931)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • IECEC conference, Atlanta, GA, USA, 9 Aug 1981.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Aerospace Corporation

    P.O. Box 92957
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90009

    Department of Energy

    1000 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20585
  • Authors:
    • Kubo, L H
    • FORREST, L
  • Publication Date: 1981

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  • Pagination: 7 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00346557
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CONF-810812-31
  • Contract Numbers: AC08-79ET26306
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 29 1982 12:00AM