An Electrical Engineering Major's Senior Project
Joseph Jackson, Erik Johansen and Jeremy Thorpe
Our group has built a system that electrically powers a mountain bicycle, which draws power from a series of batteries, and powers a motor that is located on the front wheel of the bike. The bicycle acceleration is controlled by a throttle, and employs both an electrical system as well as the default physical system for braking. The bicycle is capable of reaching speeds up to 20 mph, and has a display to show the user the bike’s speed. The bike was developed for around $500, with some items donated from the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Utah State University. Through this project, we were able to successfully survive the wilderness of power electronics research and learn what it takes in order to both convert and invert electric power.