Analysis of Kinetic Energy Recovery System Retrofit in conjunction with an Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles

Peters, Ken Kehinde (2017) Analysis of Kinetic Energy Recovery System Retrofit in conjunction with an Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles. [USQ Project]


Since the inception of the Internal Combustion Engine vehicle and Electric Vehicles in the 1800s, the public has grown to be reliant on automobiles as forms of transportation. Due to greater reduction of emission standards, shortage in oil and increase in fuel prices, many automobile manufacturers have turned their sights and resources unto renewable energy sources. The renewable energy source came in the form of exploring alternative fuel vehicles specifically battery operated electric vehicle.

The internal combustion engine has reached its peak in both design and efficiency although it still retains its popularity when compared to the more fuel efficient full and hybrid electric vehicles. Hybrid electric vehicles were developed to take advantage of the internal combustion engine vehicle popularity and the rise of electric vehicle technology.

The hybrid vehicle provides solutions for the Internal Combustion Engine Vehicle (ICEV) deficiencies by providing lower emission, greater fuel economy and higher efficiency through the use of Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS). The purchasing cost of hybrid vehicles is quite high without meeting the same level of performance as the ICEV. A retrofit option has been developed through hybridization of the ICEV to reap the advantages provided by electric motors without loss in performance.

This paper will review In-wheel Electric Motor (IEM) retro-fit technology with a focus on kinetic energy recovery of the braking system also known as regenerative braking. The IEM technology has been developed by Protean Electric. However, no information has been provided on the feasibility, the cost and the fuel consumption savings of implementing the design. This paper will investigate the feasibility of implementing IEM retrofit to an ICEV and the total cost associated. Design for two direct drive IEMs is proposed and optimised through MatLab simulations using the urban dynameter driving schedule to determine fuel consumption, overall cost and feasibility of the system. The total implementation cost is compared with the price of purchasing a similar model hybrid vehicle in completing viability and repayment assessment.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Malpress, Ray
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2022 05:21
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2022 05:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: kinetic energy; renewable energy sources; alternative fuel vehicles; battery operated electric vehicle

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