Search ETDs:
A Novel, Elastically-Based, Regenerative Brake and Launch Assist Mechanism
Nieman, Joshua E.

2014, Master of Science (M.S.), University of Dayton, Mechanical Engineering.
This thesis project presents the development of a regenerative brake and launch assist (RBLA) mechanism that stores energy in an elastic medium. Automotive regenerative braking systems harness kinetic energy while a vehicle decelerates, and subsequently uses that stored energy to assist propulsion. Commercially available hybrid vehicles use generators, batteries, and motors to electrically implement regenerative braking and increase overall vehicle efficiency. With the intent of applying regenerative braking technology to conventional automobiles equipped having only an internal combustion engine, a spring-based mechanical device is proposed. This RBLA concept implements clutches, gears, a ratchet and a spring. The mechanism captures energy from, and releases energy to, an additional shaft allowing the axle to rotate in one direction. Governing equations were formulated and validated by a dynamic simulation. In creating the detailed design, an optimization determined ideal spring and mechanism dimensions. A physical prototype was designed and fabricated to demonstrate the concept. A model of the proposed spring-based RBLA has been found to appreciably increase the urban fuel efficiency for an average sedan.
David Myszka (Advisor)
Andrew Murray (Committee Co-Chair)
David Perkins (Committee Member)
67 p.

Recommended Citations

Hide/Show APA Citation

Nieman, J. (2014). A Novel, Elastically-Based, Regenerative Brake and Launch Assist Mechanism . (Electronic Thesis or Dissertation). Retrieved from https://etd.ohiolink.edu/

Hide/Show MLA Citation

Nieman, Joshua. "A Novel, Elastically-Based, Regenerative Brake and Launch Assist Mechanism ." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. University of Dayton, 2014. OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center. 22 Sep 2018.

Hide/Show Chicago Citation

Nieman, Joshua "A Novel, Elastically-Based, Regenerative Brake and Launch Assist Mechanism ." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. University of Dayton, 2014. https://etd.ohiolink.edu/

Files

Nieman Thesis_Final - final format approved LW 4-30-14.pdf (1.41 MB) View|Download