Recent progress in the development of an advanced, composite-material flywheel for future use in a small, battery-powered electric commuter vehicle is described. The work is being carried out as part of a contract for the design, development, and demonstration of an integrated test vehicle powered by lead acid batteries as the primary energy source and augmented by a new, lightweight, composite-material flywheel, which is used to supply the peak power demands during stop-and-go city driving and to store the energy recovered during regenerative braking. The selected flywheel design and some of the more important performance characteristics and advantages are described. The required high-vacuum environment for the high-speed flywheel also is described. The current status of the development is discussed and test results are presented.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 167-175

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  • Accession Number: 00188937
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 28 1979 12:00AM