FLYWHEEL ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS FOR IMPROVING THE FUEL ECONOMY OF MOTOR VEHICLES
The goals of the research program have been: (1) to develop, analyze and compare CVT designs to minimize the friction losses and weight of an integrated flywheel powerplant package, (2) to provide preliminary designs of flywheel propulsion systems for automobiles and minibuses, (3) to study the economic feasibility of production, (4) to obtain additional operational experience and experimental data on the research flywheel vehicle built at the University. The experimental flywheel vehicle has demonstrated 32 mpg over the EPA-CVS Federal Urban Driving Cycle at an inertia weight of 2750 lb. Calculations based on experimental engine data indicate that federally-mandated emissions levels could be achieved with little degradation in fuel economy. The computer simulation programs developed have been verified by experiment.
University of Wisconsin, MadisonEngineering Experiment Station
Madison, WI United States 53706
Department of TransportationOffice of University Research, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC United States 20590
- Beachley, N H
- Frank, A A
- Publication Date: 1979-8
- Pagination: 194 p.
- TRT Terms: Automobiles; Computer programs; Economic factors; Electric power plants; Exhaust gases; Feasibility analysis; Flywheels; Friction factor; Fuel consumption; Manual transmissions; Minibuses; Propulsion; Torque converters; Transmissions; Vehicle power plants
- Uncontrolled Terms: Belt drives; Propulsion systems
- Old TRIS Terms: Economic considerations; Mechanical drive
- Subject Areas: Economics; Energy; Highways; Vehicles and Equipment; I96: Vehicle Operating Costs;
- Accession Number: 00314012
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: DOT/RSPA/DPB/50-79/1Final Rpt.
- Contract Numbers: DOT-OS-60177
- Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
- Created Date: Jul 22 1980 12:00AM