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Because of the large demand of improved fuel economy in all vehicles on the road and better emissions standard, there has been an increased interest in hybrid vehicle research. One of the options for hybrid vehicles is using hydraulic assist systems. The main goal for this project is to create a hydraulic launch assist system to place onto large sanitation vehicles that both improves their fuel economy while being a feasible and affordable design.

Our goal as a team is to work with the National Institute for Automobile Transportation Technologies (NIATT) and Latah Sanitation  to design a system that can be an after-market add on package to current  load carrying trucks that will save them money on fuel and brakes.  We hope to eventually see this product marketed to other vehicles such as bus transit systems, Sanitation vehicles and postal service vehicles.

Our objectives are to increase the efficiency of the current hydraulic system on the platform of a 1988 Ford F350 created by a previous project, to reduce component wear and tear on the system, to increase brake life of the vehicle, to improve better noise control, to develop a new control system for hybrid operation, and to improve safety features.

 

 

 

 

 

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