Falcon VTG Motor

(Mechanical – Electrical – Computer Science)

Title: Falcon VTG Motor – A next generation electric motor

Sponsor: Falcon Power

Background:  Electric motor or generator configuration is predominantly determined at assembly when both the stator and the rotor elements are set.  It may be used outside intended parameters, but with a significant loss of efficiency. The VTG (variable Torque Generation) motor is under no such constraints, the typically fixed elements can be modified on the fly to tailor the output to the needs of the moment.

The Project:  Falcon Power has a series of functioning prototypes for their VTG motor.  Needed is a computer control system (CS, likely Arduino based), electromagnetic test system (EE, simulation and test) and design/fab for a high RPM testing (ME, Structure).  Falcon believes that IP still requires protection and that non-disclosure agreements are required. Team will closely with Falcon to design, build and integrate products.  

Expected Disciplines:  Prime – Computer Science (desire is C but options exist), Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.  Per discussion with Falcon, given the diversity of disciplines, 3 unintegrated teams may be the best approach.  Falcon would provide the integration function.

Academic Expectations:  Students will use their engineering process, providing, at a minimum, a Requirements Review, Preliminary Design Review, Critical Design Review and product demonstration.  

Project Expectations:  Team(s) are encouraged to focus on novel approaches to electromagnetic field management and motor production and control.  Significant work will be performed at the Falcon site in Titusville Florida, teams need to plan accordingly.

Nominal Team Size / Expected Hours:  6 to 10, working about 8 hours a week, for 2 semesters.  

Budget:  The goal a control system and enhanced motor system.  Flacon Motor will fund team expenses.

Expected SME Availability:  Falcon SMEs will be available as necessary.  The primary communications mechanism will likely be face to face.  Data products, and a team forum, will be provided in GitHub.com

Important Dates: Institutional dates only

Travel Requirements: Weekly travel to Titusville is likely.

Additional Information:  FSI / FSGC maintain a 3D printer for team use if necessary.

Technical Constraints:  None

From Falcon:  In today’s world of electric cars, there is a significant need for an electric motor that can operate efficiently over a wide range of speed and torque. Wind power generation is the new environmentally friendly means of producing electric power, but wind does not normally blow at a constant speed. How much energy is lost when the wind speed varies, or an automobile is caught in stop and go traffic?Falcon Power LLC has developed patented technology and is continuing to develop new technology that challenges the current state of the art of electric motors and generators where efficient operation under variable speed, torque and power are required. We call this “VARIABLE TORQUE GENERTION” technology or “VTG”.  In summary: VTG technology gives us the ability to reconfigure both the electric windings of the stator and the magnetic field of the rotor to provide optimum efficiency in the motor or generator while it is running over its entire range of speed and torque.  VTG technology is completely scalable from fractional horsepower systems to large multiple megawatt systems.