Drive-train design

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Bibliographic Details
Title translated into German:Triebwerks-Design
Author:Price, Rob
Editor:Wilson, David Gordon; Abbott, Allan V.
Published in:Human-powered vehicles
Published:Champaign: Human Kinetics (Verlag), 1995, 1995. S. 173-196, Lit., Lit.
Format: Publications (Database SPOLIT)
Publication Type: Compilation article
Media type: Print resource
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Identification number:PU199910402253

Author's abstract

This five-part chapter attempts to evaluate the many parameters involved in HPV drive-train design. It begins with a discussion of the three rider positions, upright, supine, and prone, that may be used in HPV designs. Part 2 examines pedaling motions from a mechanical perspective and investigates various drive motions. Part 3 considers the function of the drive as it moves the vehicle and the role of variable gear ratios. Part 4 investigates oval chainwheels and similar mechanisms, which use circular pedal motion with nonconstant pedaling speed in an effort to improve efficiency. Part 5 brings the data together with some conclusions about the efficiency of converting human effort into vehicle motion. Verf.-Referat