June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
October 19, 2019
Energy Conversion and Conservation Division Technical Session 1
Energy Conversion and Conservation
The ultimate objective of any academic program is for students to gain the ability to transfer classroom learning to practice, for which they will be required to construct and apply knowledge towards problem solving. Students gain skills and disciplinary habits of thought through the practice of doing things in a discipline. Challenges experienced become some of the best learning moments. In a challenge given to students to convert a gasoline powered one-third scale model T vehicle to an electric powered vehicle without reduction in its prime moving capabilities was posed as a special project. Students studied the list of requirements and undertook the prime mover conversion. Among the requirements were vehicle safety, performance, and cost. In additional to the technical challenge, environmental responsibility seemed to be a motivation to as well.
The conversion process was expected to be completed in one semester, but it ended up taking three semesters. This paper provides the motivation to undertaking the problem, problems incurred in both technical and logistical settings, and the resilience of all parties to ensure a satisfactory completion.
Mativo, J. M., & Plant, D., & Wallon, D. E. (2019, June), Conversion of a Prime Mover: One-third Scale Model-T from Gasoline to Electric Power Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32549
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