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Automotive starting systems require substantial amounts of mechanical energy in a short period of time. Lead-acid batteries have typically been used with a motor to provide that energy. Springs have been identified as an alternative energy storage medium and are well suited to engine-starting applications due to a long service life and the ability to rapidly deliver substantial mechanical power. This research aims to explore the feasibility and potential benefit of a spring-based engine-starting system. A dynamic engine model was first developed by collecting data from a 600cc 4 cylinder engine and electric starting system. The model was used to simulate the engine response for several spring-based starting system designs. Each system was then evaluated on the basis of weight, volume, engine speed produced, and ability to crank the engine for several seconds.

Publication Date

4-17-2013

Project Designation

Graduate Research

Primary Advisor

Andrew P. Murray

Primary Advisor's Department

Engineering Technology

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Stander Symposium poster

Simulated Performance Analysis of Novel Automotive Spring-Starter Designs using Experimentally Derived Dynamic Engine Models

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