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An Introduction to the Variable Inertia Flywheel (VIF)

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D. Ullman

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Union College, Schenectady, N. Y. 12308

H. Velkoff

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210

J. Appl. Mech 46(1), 186-190 (Mar 01, 1979) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3424494 History: Received May 01, 1978; Revised August 01, 1978; Online July 12, 2010

Abstract

A flywheel with variable moment of inertia, combining the functions of energy storage and power control is introduced. Potential designs are presented and the basic physical governing equations developed. Examples of the flywheel system powering a constant angular rate, frictional load, and an accelerating automobile are presented. Limitations of and potential for future development which become evident in the examples are discussed.

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