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WaterPod Bicycle Energy Generator

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D.I.Y.: circuit diagram never completed
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== Background ==
As the need for [[renewable energy ]] has become more apparent to the concerned public, we have discovered ways to wean ourselves off our dependence of fossil fuels and nuclear power. Our team has designed an alternative way to convert kinetic energy to AC power by means of a bicycle energy generator. With this, the [[WaterPod]] as well as others can use our design to generate their own electricity. <ref>Erickson, Ben. (2008) “Human Powered Energy Generator” May 5, 2009. []</ref>
[[Image:Easy ridas 040 resized.JPG|400px|thumb|center|Figure 1: Completed bicycle generator. Picture taken by Team Easy Riders.]]
== Problem Analysis and Criteria ==
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! Criteria
* Bicycle: A road bike with small threads is preferred
* Bicycle StandTrainer: Look on or retail stores onlinefor cheap/used trainers* 12V DC motorMotor: A convenient place to purchase is at Alternative Power, Inc in Arcata, CA
* Inverter: any hardware store
* 12 V marine batteryMarine Battery: Look online for the most convenient buy* Two Fuses: can be purchased at RadioShackHarbor Freight or local hardware store
* Diode: Use a blocking diode found at any local hardware store
* 7 amp regulator: purchase at a local hardware storeor online* Wiring: use a 12 gauge or smaller, 12 feet long, ; purchase at local hardware store
* Scrap metal: any scrap yard
2. Construct motor/roller
* To connect your DC motor to your bicycle trainer flush with the resistance roller, you must examine both the resistance roller to see if shaft and the motor shaft to see if they can be coupled with the roller* Deconstruct your roller so that the roller shaft can be coupled with the motor shaftwithout any interference* Couple the two shafts together, a rubber couple would be best if the two shafts are not in equal in width
* Investigate where the motor should be placed, so that you can mount it to the bicycle stand
* Mount The first part of the motor by placing mount is a piece of metal between the mounted resistance roller and the spring loaded boardof the bike trainer.* The second part of the mount is holding the motor in place.* Construct a mount that will hold motor in place, preferably two perpendicular, horizontal pieces of metal slightly on either side of the motor as shown below. These are welded in place by a vertical piece, that is also welded (at a 90 degree angle) to the first piece of metal that is bolted down by the roller shaft and the spring board. The motor may vary in size so there are no dimensions givenfor this mount, but the general idea is to mount the motor so that it will not move once coupled with the roller.
3. Build electrical circuit
* Here is a diagram of what needs to included in the circuit* Use soldering gun to connect fuses, diode, voltage, regulator, battery, and inverter. Clamps are also acceptable to connect pieces of circuitwhile testing.
** First slip a sleeve of shrink tape over one wire and slide it out of the way of the soldering gun.
** Hold wires together(make sure you use proper protection) and solder the wire ends together.
** Once wires are connected, slide shrink tape over exposed wires and used a flame to tighten the tape.
** Repeat this step for any wires that need to be connected to complete the circuit to the diagram <ref>Erickson, Ben. (2008) “Human Powered Energy Generator” May 5, 2009. []</ref>
== Easy Riders ==
== References ==
[[Category:Engr215 Introduction to Design]]
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