Design and Prototyping of a Low-Speed Flywheel System for Automotive Brake Energy Recovery
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Honors Theses; 2012
Fossil fuels are an important energy source in transportation. Since fossil fuels are non-renewable resources which will exhaust sometime, the need for energy-efficient vehicles with energy recovery systems has become a necessity to optimize the utilization of fossil fuels in transportation. Currently, great interest is being devoted to research sustainable transportation, combining highly efficient vehicles with various forms of energy storage and recovery. This thesis investigates a mechanical flywheel energy recovery system for hybrid vehicle applications, which has become the subject of extensive research as an alternative to electrochemical batteries for on-board energy storage. The objectives of the research are to design a prototype of a low-speed flywheel system and integrate the hardware of the control systems to demonstrate the automotive brake energy recovery process. As a part of a large project conducted at the Ohio State University, the prototype is used to further investigate control algorithms to improve the efficiency of the flywheel-based energy recovery system.
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