2018
Automotive/Transportation

Riding a motorcycle in heavy traffic is a nerve-wracking and dangerous experience, because despite being open, there are large blind spots on motorcycles. Being aware of the position and relative speed of the vehicles around you is paramount to your safety.

Haptic Traffic Location will adapt sensors used on automobiles. They will be mounted on the back of the motorcycle and wirelessly transmit the strength (distance) signal to an array of haptic vibrators like those used in cell phones embedded in the back of a jacket.

With practice, the rider will learn to correlate the position and intensity of the vibrations on their back to the distance and closing speeds of the traffic around them giving them a 6th ...

My name is Ionel Mihailescu. I am Canadian, mechanical engineer, designer, P. Eng. I am located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

I invented a new and much more efficient internal combustion engine. I call it High Performance Continuous Internal Combustion Engine. I got the Patent Grant in USA, US 8,464,685 B2, June 18, 2013; Canada, 2,785,540, 2014/12/09. My engine is working as a continuous piston, where would be a continuous auxiliary piston-cylinder, with external actuation, pushing air in a main piston-cylinder, where the burning take place continuously. If we would neglect friction, heat or  PV, (pressure*volume, of the gasses) lost, I would get with my engine the maximum possible useful energy. So, almost all the extra PV created by burning ...

Related patents: US 8,079,438; 8,567,544; Japan 5,600,323 Europe: patent pending

This apparatus (The DynaDrive) relates to a system applicable to all types of terrestrial vehicles, using any prime mover. The system is especially attractive for industrial applications. Said prime mover could be any engine or electrical motor. When the prime mover is running, it will be only at a constant speed and torque; a variable flow hydraulic device is connected to the prime mover and acts as a “power integrator,” receiving hydraulic power from the accumulator, mechanical power from the prime mover, or a combination thereof, supplying the desired flow and pressure to the hydraulic motors. A connected second variable pump reloads the accumulator with the remnant power, if ...

Generally, hybrid vehicle of series-parallel type is built around one epicycloid gear train used as a power split device. In the following description, the vehicle has got two epicycloid gear trains with a common satellite carrier driven by a thermal engine, a common ring gear which drives the vehicle wheels in cooperation with an electrical Motor and two planetary gears which selectively drive a Generator. The selection of one of the planetary gears determines the gear train which is active (refer to figure 1). The Motor and the Generator work close to the electric balance what is a condition to get a small Battery.

The selection of the epicycloid train is done by a dog clutch which has 5 ...

Hydrogen Electric Agricultural Utility Vehicle with Active Suspension

Design of a safer, renewable energy utility vehicle for the rural sector.

What problem does your design idea solve?
In New Zealand, agriculture is second only to forestry in the number of workplace fatalities each year, with farm vehicles in general and Quad Bikes, in particular, proving problematic.

Four-wheeled motorbikes, commonly known as Quad Bikes or All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV’s) have a long history of use in the New Zealand agriculture sector, where there are approximately 100,000 Quad Bikes in use.

Researchers estimate that 35 farmers come off their Quad Bikes every day; nine of them are hurt badly enough to take time off work to recover, approximately 850 people are seriously ...

The HydroSpike Propulsor is a distributed propulsion system using a centralized pump, and thruster modules sited at key points on a boat or ships hull. The basic operating principle is Fluid Flow Amplification of water through a modified Aerospike nozzle, either linear or annular, to provide propulsive force to a maritime vessel. With no moving parts in the water, propeller strike injury is virtually eliminated, thus improving marine safety for other water users and marine animals.

The Hydrospike lends itself well to electric power systems, such as solar, battery & even Hydrogen fuel cells. The key advantages of the Hydrospike propulsor over existing maritime propulsion systems is zero cavitation, no rotational force exerted by a rotating propeller/impeller, and efficiency, ...

The Hyper4 (an axial 4 stroke, 4 cylinder engine) improves the fuel efficiency of internal combustion engines by up to 75% (as reflected by Simulink Matlab and Converge CFD modelling software), approaching 50% brake thermal efficiency in a unique, compact axial design that is both straightforward and inexpensive to manufacture. Unlike a standard inline engine, the incorporation of Constant Volume Combustion, Variable Compression ratios and Over expansion is virtually effortless. The configuration also allows for the inclusion of rotary valves and water injection for internal cooling and the reduction of NOx emissions. These fuel saving strategies are well known, researched and documented but are extremely difficult to implement in a conventional crankshaft controlled engine.

The cam tracks provide for ...

IC Combustion Enhancement by Air Ionization for Engine Peripherals i.e. EGR Supply etc.

Numerous patents have been issued that treat the entering air stream in IC engines prior to combustion with a goal of ionizing air thereby enhancing combustion. The literature states that a successfully ionized air stream will be transformed into reactive oxygen species (ROS) that aid combustion in the cylinder by creating the first stage of combustion prior to the cylinder. None of the devices proposed for IC engine air treatment have been successful in becoming a main stream commercial reality.

A common manifestation of air ionization is the familiar lightning bolt that ionizes the air creating a static electrticity path from cloud to earth. The ionized ...

Although I currently do not own an SUV, I continue to see people opening their lift-gates and having to move back so that it does not hit them in the chin when it opens or on the head when it closes. The way typical lift-gates open and close also makes it difficult to operate when a vehicle is parked close behind. Why not make a dual-hinged lift-gate whereby the bottom half of the lift-gate remains vertical while the upper half opens normally (see example, shown below). When someone opens the lift-gate it will essentially move straight up and not out. The mechanism might be a little bit complicated, but not ...

My idea which has been partially implemented by some State DOTs is to use existing intersection cameras, computers, and Fuzzy Logic to improve traffic flow through intersections. Making intersections intelligent would reduce opportunities for red light infractions, save energy by reduction of idle time and improve quality of life by reducing travel time by saving time and money. Using new or existing cameras software and programs augmented by Fuzzy Logic systems would analyze traffic approaching intersection and "decide" when to change or extend cycle time of lights. A preferred direction could still be allowed but if no traffic is detected in the preferred direction while a vehicle is detected approaching from another direction the system would detect the approaching ...

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