Developing a Continuous Transmission

Hampton College, 1998 - $14,250

This E-Team has pioneered research on a continuous transmission system that could facilitate higher power utilization efficiency in consumer engines, including next generation vehicles. By combining a flywheel and a continuous transmission, the system offers a high performance drive train that outperforms current low emission devices. This system could have major applications in high efficiency and electric vehicles, as well as other powered equipment.

The device would revolutionize drive technology and the potential markets for such a device are numerous and varied, from the target application of automobile performance enhancement to smaller motors found in consumer electronics.

The team is made up of three physics majors, one sophomore and two juniors. The NCIIA funded the team to design and construct a testing prototype for the system.