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Regenerative Braking System on a Conventional Bike

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Energy Conversion and Conservation Division Technical Session on Conservation and Optimization

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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Bala Maheswaran Northeastern University

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Bala Maheswaran, PhD
Northeastern University
367 Snell Engineering Center
Boston, MA 02115

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Nicolas Berna Tedori


Eamon J. Whitmore Northeastern University

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Current sophomore in the Civil Engineering program of Northeastern University's College of Engineering with a small background in physical mechanics from working with racing karts.

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Bailey L. Ritchie


Logan Gross Northeastern University

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Second year Mechanical Engineering student at Northeastern University. Passion for entrepreneurship, finance, and the culinary arts.

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As the world’s supply of natural resources diminishes, the quest for renewable energy solutions is becoming more and more critical. To help curb the use of non-renewable energy sources, scientist and engineers are tasked with the challenge of finding alternative energies. One of these alternative sources is recovering energy lost to mechanical systems, which could counteract the world's energy shortage. Regenerative braking has already been implemented in hybrid and electric vehicles; however, this paper introduces a regenerative braking system specifically for the conventional, every-day bike. The RE-Brake system recaptures energy that would normally be lost to friction by replacing a conventional caliper brake with a rotating disk that runs along a bike tire’s metallic rim, spinning an electric generator. This recovered energy could be used to power a mobile electronic device. Since hundreds of thousands of people rely on bicycles as their primary method of transportation, RE-Brake, a cheap and user-friendly replacement to caliper brakes, could be used to recover a vast amount of energy and serve as an approach to offset the global energy crisis.

Maheswaran, B., & Tedori, N. B., & Whitmore, E. J., & Ritchie, B. L., & Gross, L. (2018, June), Regenerative Braking System on a Conventional Bike Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30927

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