Kinetic power restoration programs have incessantly been proposed as an invaluable approach to give a boost to the potency of on-road automobiles, or even used to nice impact in motorsports for extra efficiency. [Tom Stanton] determined to construct one of his personal, outfitting a easy bicycle with a flywheel device for harvesting power. (Video, embedded under.)
The device is composed of a 300 mm metal flywheel fastened within the heart of the motorcycle’s body. It’s hooked up to the rear wheel by means of a sequence and a seize which [Tom] assembled himself the use of bicycle disc brake elements. The seize is managed by means of a handlebar lever, permitting the rider to sluggish the motorcycle by means of charging the flywheel, or to price the flywheel to most pace by means of pedalling onerous with the seize engaged.
The real application of the flywheel is minimum; [Tom] notes that even at its top pace of 2200 RPM, the flywheel shops a small fraction of the power content material of a AA battery. Sensible demonstration displays the flywheel is most effective in a position to ship a small push to [Tom] when driving the motorcycle, too.
Regardless of the loss of efficiency, it’s however a captivating mission and one that demonstrates the elemental rules of flywheel power garage. The underwhelming effects possibly function a cast indication of why it’s no longer one thing we use in particular incessantly, on bicycles a minimum of. (*3*)We’ve noticed [Tom]’s motorcycle experiments sooner than, too. Video after the damage.