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FLYWHEEL BASED KINETIC ENERGY RECOVERY SYSTEMS (KERS) INTEGRATED IN VEHICLES

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Author(s): THOMAS MATHEWS | NISHANTH D

Journal: International Journal of Engineering Science and Technology
ISSN 0975-5462

Volume: 5;
Issue: 9;
Start page: 1694;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: flywheel | transmission | kinetic energy | continuously variable transmission | kinetic energy recovery systems

ABSTRACT
Today, many hybrid electric vehicles have been developed in order to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels; unfortunately these vehicles require electrochemical batteries to store energy, with high costs as well as poor conversion efficiencies. By integrating flywheel hybrid systems, these drawbacks can be overcome and can potentially replace battery powered hybrid vehicles cost effectively. The paper will explain the engineering, mechanics of the flywheel system and it’s working in detail. Each component of the flywheel-based kineticenergy recovery system will also be described. The advantages of this technology over the electric hybrids will be elucidated carefully. The latest advancements in the field, the potential future and scope of the flywheelhybrid will be assessed.
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