suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
compMatter-TA (Trahan Architects Research Office): [001.HRR] is a revolutionary concept motorcycle using the cutting edge of material science and technology. A hybrid in some parts, this race replica not only uses thin film solar and paint to harness solar energy but also a kinetic energy recovery system [KERS] as a secondary source of power.
Our goal was to rethink not only linear manufacturing processes but also evolve a riders experience and safety through the use of technology and materials. The concept from a mechanical/racer perspective was consulted by Bob Miller (DesmoValves Racing) & Luis Quinones (WERA Racer). The idea was to maintain a fairly normalized engine package and transmission while innovating in the areas of systems, technology, material research, and manufacturing processes.
Embedded within the front cowl is a network of custom sensors + “circuit” boards which provide feedback to the helmet HUD. The lower front cowl houses the “Cerebro”, a series of high precision optic lenses and sensors which process information for the rider. This allowed us to create a safer motorcycle experience, not only on the street but also on the track. Traditionally “safer” motorcycle concepts involve enclosing the rider inside a shell or protective layer, this is contrary to the spirit of motorcycle riding and racing. Instead [VISON] provides information which eliminates the need to look down at the dash, causing further distractions. This system is powered by a series of “painted” thin film solar sheets embedded in the upper front cowl. These systems along with the emerging circuit board network not only provides power to the sensors but also adds a tectonic quality uncommonly seem in motorcycle fairings.
HRR has 2 modes of operation :
STREET : Consists of a Permanent Magnet AC (PMAC) electric motor. In this mode the KERS system is used to store kinetic energy as electrical power in the rear batteries. Energy from the thin film solar paint is also used to charge the battery pack. Since in street mode the power band is different there is no need for additional power.
RACE : Gas powered mode with full use of the KERS system. In this mode, the energy is stored as mechanical energy (in a flywheel) and provides a boost in acceleration for a limited amount of time. The stored solar energy from the thin film paint is used to power the VISON features for race mode.
[NLRM] Non-Linear Robotic Manufacturing
Traditionally fairings are manufactured with ABS molding or a combination of plastic alloy and nylon w. a small percentage of glass fiber. Their sole purpose is aerodynamics and to protect the internal parts. The HRR concept rethinks the function of the fairings and embedded systems in manufacturing.
Typically, manufacturing scenarios involve linear procedures, with each robot’s tasks clearly defined. In this project, we seek to explore a non-linear multi-task, multi-stage process of collaborative robotics for the manufacturing of embedded systems into complex 3d surfaces.
The robotic cell will consist of multiple robots with different tools and tasks, in communication. The project explores additive manufacturing using a variety of different fabrication techniques, forming a complex matrix of materials in the form of a fairing.
In this heterogeneous method of fabrication, we aim to rethink the idea of tectonics and materials in a generative manufacturing process. In our (non-linear) assembly line, the organization of machines, parts, and assemblies are not uni-directional and cannot be easily described in terms of causality, but rather take on generative potential in a constantly shifting network of manufacturing.
Material research is currently ongoing, look back to the website for updates.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
compMatter-TA: Material Systems, Hybrid Energy Sources, Motorcycles, NonLinear Manufacturing Techniques.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
compMatter-TA: Reading Physics of the Impossible. Watching The Matrix, Blade Runner, Birdemic.
Thanks to Juanito Oliviera and Bob Miller.