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Agile Lean development – learning from the best

December 11, 2011

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I’ve just discovered what is possibly the most important world-class successful case study in terms of distributed voluntary cooperative engineering: Wikispeed. Joe Justice and his friends put together an extremely ambitious engineering project: build a +100mpg commuter car that was really fast, safe, and affordable. Basically, they built it from scratch in 3 months, just […]

Some house cleaning

August 18, 2011

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I’ve gone back and took a look at all the posts in the blog to re-categorize them. I did this because I realised this blog encompasses not one but three projects: The “Add-on-HEV” project (2007 ~ 2009), where I wanted to convert my car to a Hybrid Electric Vehicle by adding on some electric gear; […]

And now for something entirely different…

October 17, 2009

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I’m sick of cars. Fed up with traffic, stress, and pollution. It makes no sense to drive a four-seater alone everyday. This summer I’ve come to realize something: cars are the past. The future is in flexible personal mobility. And I’m not one to live in the past. 😉 I had already read a thousand […]

Another semester finished. Balance time and my first paper.

August 12, 2009

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We finally wrapped up our group works. Yes, we dragged our feet like sloths on this one (school ended almost two months ago). Or rather, we definitely bit off more than our part-time researcher lives allow us to chew. Anyway, if you’d like to read the more or less full account of our work in […]

Genetic mangling of electric motors

July 9, 2009

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As has been said before, we’ve taken an Intelligent Algorithm approach to our motor design framework. We started by adding a Genetic Algorithm to the MotorFemmulator project code, and left it running on a 7 computer improvised cluster. It has yielded some results, namely the optimization of a motor from 44Nm (5kW) to 200Nm (23kW) […]

Overcoming FEMM limitations

May 29, 2009

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Just like any other software, FEMM has its limitations. I’ve been talking a lot to David Meeker, the author, who has been extremely kind and thoughtful in guiding me not only in the program’s usage but also in general electromagnetic modeling, while trying to sort out the modeling mess I’ve put myself and my colleague […]

The wheelmotor goes to school

April 8, 2009

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I finally got the chance to officially push my wheelmotor project into my master’s. By an incredible strike of luck, I teamed up with a class mate that is also extremely interested in sustainable energy and electric propulsion; not only that but he also has experience in Octave development and is keen in applying that […]