Jason Muccioli, a College of Engineering senior, displays a regenerating brake launching system for a bicycle during the College of Engineering Design Expo in the Duderstadt Center on Thursday.
The regenerating brake uses a hydraulic circuit to store power when the bike brakes. The power can then be used to power motors in the front wheel, for assistance in going up hills or whenever the rider pleases.
The project was a continuation of a partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency. Last year, students implemented the same kind of system on a 26-inch bicycle wheel, but this year’s group reduced the size to fit a 20-inch children’s bike.