June 28, 2010

Ingersoll Rand Air Motor Powers Senior Design Project at San Jose State University

SAN JOSE, CA (INGERSOLL RAND NEWS SERVICE) -- The donation of an Ingersoll Rand air motor proved to be a game changer for a Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Project at San Jose State University. The purpose of the project was to build a simple compressed air vehicle and analyze it from a performance and environmental standpoint.

The chosen design was a two-wheeled scooter-style vehicle. The students' idea was to have a vehicle that was small and nimble, like a bike, that could be ridden in a bike lane and other urban settings. The small size of the vehicle limited the amount of air that could be stored onboard, and the original air motor selected was not capable of achieving the project goals. As a result, the team concluded that obtaining a more efficient motor was crucial to the project's success. That is when a consultant for the team contacted Ingersoll Rand. A few e-mails later, Associate Professor Jinny Rhee was put in contact with Leon Maness, Ingersoll Rand marketing manager for air motors and air starters.

“It didn’t take long for Professor Rhee to convince me this was a very beneficial and focused project, and I am glad our air motor was able to demonstrate the quality and value of Ingersoll Rand products to these emerging engineers,” said Maness. “Ingersoll Rand congratulates this senior class on a job well done, and wishes them the best of luck in their future endeavors.”

When asked about the Ingersoll Rand air motor, Professor Rhee said, “By using the Ingersoll Rand motor, we were able to maximize power and minimize air consumption. Using the same volume of air, the team more than doubled the scooter's run time and distance traveled. Additionally, the smaller size of the motor helped keep the scooter’s overall weight low.” She added, “Our engineering team was extremely pleased with the quality of the Ingersoll Rand air motor, as well as the exceptional performance that it was able to provide.”

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