Rotational Inertia

Engineering
Level
Beginner
Software
Inventor
Time
1-5 hours
Harness the power of inertia to design a faster bicycle.

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Think like an engineer: Design a faster bicycle

When riding a bicycle, inertia can be your friend and your foe.  How can you design a bicycle to harness the power of inertia to give you an extra push forward when you need it?  Engineers choose materials and make design choices to harness the power of inertia in their models so that they can build faster bicycles that are easier to use.

 

Get creative with design in class

Using the lesson resources provided, including Design Thinking videos and software tutorial videos, you will learn to model a bicycle with a flywheel in Autodesk Inventor.  In doing so, you will gain important knowledge about the concept of moment of inertia, and how it relates to the energy of a spinning body, as well as how material choice and design specifications affect the rotational properties of spinning objects.

 

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Harness the power of inertia to design a faster bicycle.

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  • Starter Files.zip 47.19 MB
  • Software Tutorials.zip 25.43 MB
  • Instructor Manual.pdf 353.61 KB PREVIEW