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Human Powered Vehicle Project: the Belt Drive Trike from Cal State Northridge

  August 5, 2013

Cal Northridge Human Powered Vehicle Trike and team

When a group of engineering students at California State, Northridge, decided to enter the Human Powered Vehicle Project, they knew that using Gates Carbon Drive instead of chains would produce a more sophisticated and efficient machine. The team worked with Ryan Osborn at Gates to integrate the belt drives onto their Pedal Slayer, a three-wheeled recumbent designed for everyday in-town use.

Cal Northridge trike

Team leader Dennis D’Alfonso recently sent Osborn and Gates a nice letter of thanks and some photographs of their creation, which placed in the top 10 out of 29 vehicles entered in the contest sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The contest provides an opportunity for students to apply engineering design principles to develop sustainable and practical transportation alternatives. “We believe the carbon belt drive system has far more benefits than a chain driven system and we saw it greatly aiding our vehicle,” writes D’Alfonso. The trike’s drive system features three belt drives.

Cal Northridge two belt drives

The trike recently placed second out of 18 projects entered in Cal State, Northridge’s senior design showcase, which featured entries from mechanical, civil, manufacturing, computer and electrical engineering students.

Check out more photos of the vehicle on the team’s Flickr set. Below it is pictured with the all-weather shell added:

Cal Northridge trike with shell