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Automotive starting systems require substantial amounts of mechanical energy in a short period of time. Lead-acid batteries have historically provided that energy through a starter motor. Springs have been identified as an alternative energy storage medium and are well suited to engine-starting applications due to their ability to rapidly deliver substantial mechanical power and their long service life. This project involves the development of a prototype of a spring-powered starter for a motorcycle engine. The focus was on the design and assembly of the complete system, including the design challenge of interfacing the starting mechanism with the motorcycle, designing the assembly such that all parts are aligned, manufacturing necessary parts, and assembling the mechanism.

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David Myszka and Andrew Murray

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