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THE BICYCLE FRAME THAT ALSO ACTS AS A BATTERY - ELECTRIC BICYCLE

V. Ryan 2012

 

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Research shows that carbon fibre and fibreglass are highly effective replacements for the steel / aluminium frame of a bicycle. The new frame can also replace a traditional battery.
 
Electric bicycles could be designed so that they do not need a standalone battery. The frame could be the battery, storing electricity generated by pedalling and the rotation of the wheels. When assistance is required by the cyclist, the generator / motor can be powered by the stored charge. The composite material (carbon fibre and polymer resin) replaces the steel / aluminium tube and holds the charge normally stored in a traditional battery.
 
 
 
 
1. Complete the drawing below, by adding information and diagrams, that show how the bicycle frame can be used to store electricity. Also, include information and diagrams that explain how electricity is generated and then used to increase the efficiency of the bicycle.
 
 
CARBON FIBRE / GLASS FIBRE COMPOSITES - REPLACING TRADITIONAL BATTERIES?
 
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Many modern day devices such as cars and electric bicycles rely on their use of traditional batteries. With the aid of diagrams, labels and notes, describe another device (not a car or bicycle) that could be developed to take advantage of carbon fibre / glass fibre composites, to replace heavy traditional batteries.

Make reference to the advantages of using composites instead of batteries. Draw the device/equipment in the centre of the page and add notes and labels.
 
 
 
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