Principal Investigator

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Srithar Rajoo
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Malaysia

ASEAN Co-Investigator

Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Japanese Co-Investigator

Prof. Dr. Masayuki OCHIAI
Tokai University

Awarded year

2014

Program

Collaborative Research Program for Common Regional Issues (CRC)

Field

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Abstract

The project aims to design and make a micro gas turbine which can operate on bio-diesel, consequently test the practical viability of using it as range extender in a hybrid-electric vehicle (e-REV). One of the major concerns among drivers of hybrid-to-electric vehicles is the drivability range or commonly known as ˜Range Anxiety™. One solution to ˜Range Anxiety™ is the popular range extended electric vehicles (e-REV) or sometimes referred to as series hybrid. Micro gas turbine is proposed as range extender in an e-REV due to some of its crucial benefits against an internal combustion engine, such as higher power-to-weight ratio, smaller number of moving components, direct coupling without transmission system and most importantly multi-fuel flexibility. The overall application of micro gas turbine as range extender possess multi-dimensional complexities, which makes this project more interesting and if executed successfully will fruit valuable knowledge and technology for ASEAN automotive industry.

Project at glance

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