Show simple item record Edirisinghe, A 2011-03-28T08:36:08Z 2011-03-28T08:36:08Z 3/28/2011
dc.description A Thesis submitted to the Department of Mechanical Engineering for the Degree of Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Systems Engineering en_US
dc.description.abstract Transportation has become a major socio-economic and environmental problem in urban environments today. Escalation of oil prices, environmental pollution, unsafe conditions, unbalanced designs of bicycles, motorcycles, and three wheelers and complex lifestyle are some of those significant contributing factors to it. Ergonomically designed Human Powered transport is one of the feasible solutions for urban requirements. Ergonomics deals with human comfort in any work situation in order to operate it efficiently and effectively. Concept of pedal car came into being in order to eliminate discomfort and unsafe conditions due to heat, dust, rain, unbalanced designs, uncovered body, and fatigue due to uneasy- postures. In addition to the above it provides cheap transport and recreational facility, physical exercise, while providing additional value for the rider to iron out complex health hazards./ Design of Power transmission system integrates with Engineering aspects, strength, rigidity, stability and ergonomics aspects. One of the major innovative steps taken in fabrication of first embodiment of the pedal car is to eliminate long chains by introducing pedal linkage with a shorter chain. First embodiment incorporates positive achievements such as; ergonomically designed compact long wheel base and seat, shorter chain, standard parts, small wheel sizes. Affordable price, environmentally friendly, fashionable appearance, F.asy manufacturability and maintainability of Driving Mechanism, and physical exercise to the rider. Over weight of frame and wheel assembly deprived acceleration in gradient at 30° to Kim/h and 15-18Km/h in level roads. Reduction of weight of the first embodiment by rc-design and re-selection of parts with lighter hood cover with additional power supply to the system also required to overcome the above problem. One of the major limitations of this study is maximum human power in put. Further study on maximum power application in relation to pedal height, seat angle, toot position and crank length is also important for further improvements. en_US
dc.format.extent xv, 122p. : ill., col. photos. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Design of a power transmission system of a pedal car en_US
dc.type Thesis-Abstract
dc.identifier.faculty Engineering en_US MEng en_US
dc.identifier.department Department of Mechanical Engineering en_US 2006-07 2006-07
dc.identifier.accno 87885 en_US

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