P16261: EV Team 3-Phase AC Motor Controller A


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A working 3-phace AC contorller is required by the Electric Vehicle Team's E-Bike (Later to be modified for the super bike). Currently, the 3-phase AC controller is very power hungry during operation and sub-optimal in performance. Further, it does not allow for regeneration of the batteries during braking. Ideally the new controller will integrate with the current system - allowing both controls and data monitoring to occur as usual (current). The controller will provide high output power and a high degree of control (resolution) of the power train. Finally, the device should be robust and especially durable for race conditions.

The goals of this project are to analyze the system that is currently in existence for such controls. The device should be designed, working, and installed by ImagineRIT in the Spring of 2016. Regenerative battery recharging while braking is a feature that would be ideal to have when the project is complete. The constraints of this project are the budget of $1000 as well as making sure that the controller does not have too strict of optimal condition bounds which would lead to it being too fragile to use for racing. Additionally, the prototype should fit within the current housing constraints. The motor controller should also be compatible with the current subsystems of the E-bike.

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Project Name
EV Team 3-Phase AC Motor Controller
Project Number
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
George Slack
Primary Customer
Wheeler Law
Sponsor (financial support)
Multidisciplinary Design

Multidisciplinary Design

The Boeing Company

The Boeing Company

Electric Vehicle Team

Electric Vehicle Team

Team Members

Adam Hirsch, Derek Gutheil, Joe Kubeck, Matthew Behlke, Samuel Carlson

Adam Hirsch, Derek Gutheil, Joe Kubeck, Matthew Behlke, Samuel Carlson

Member Role Contact
Derek Gutheil Secondary Lead Computer Engineer dkg8689
Matthew Behlke Lead Computer Engineer mpb5575
Joe Kubeck Secondary Lead Electrical Engineer jak2624
Adam Hirsch Lead Electrical Engineer ajh8275
Samuel Carlson Project Manager sdc5266

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Project Management

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Subsystem Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation


We'd like to thank Senior Design, Boeing, and EVT.