Nov 10


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Phone: 805.876.4867
Resume: (Updated version coming soon!)


Feb 10

Future Plans 2/24/10

-Mar 30 leave for OSAKA

-Upgrade to lithium packs?

-Hottub Monitor

-Interactive ‘rave’ visualization


Feb 10

Curiosity becomes Obsession

I could probably use that title for a number of things… however here I am of course talking about Voltage

Short story: Broken down $200 craigslisted GS450 becomes [after several months of of grunting, grinding, welding, searching, researching, spending, assembling, and spraypainting,] my pride and joy 72V battery powered Electric Death Machine!

For the technically interested, the drivetrian consists of a D&D Systems separately excited motor powered by a CAN programmable Sevcon controller and 72v, 35Ah of sealed lead acid. Charging is accomplished with 6 individual four stage 7amp constant current “smart” chargers, and a Kelly DC-DC converter is used to provide a 12v signal to the ‘standard’ motorcycle electronics. Regenerative braking is automatically activated with release of the throttle, and can be modulated with a second lever located on the left handlebar (think engine braking and clutch lever on an ICE bike).

The project was ‘finished’ back in April ’09, in time to be ridden to and featured in Santa Barbara’s Green Car Show, However after riding on and off for several months, the SLA batteries spouted their last electrons and are now sitting at an uncomfortable -5v.. It is well known that SLA batteries SUCK anyways (and actually ended up being my performance bottleneck), so I am saving up and hoping to swap in a Lithium pack sometime hopefully this year. Current lithium packs have greater energy density, are lighter, have better discharge characteristics and longer lifespans than sealed lead acid, only problem is they are (as of this writing) ~4x the price (a pack and BMS system for my motorcycle would run around $3k) … A LiFePO4 pack would mean significant gains in terms maximum range and acceleration.

I have most of the parts laying around for an embedded security system, which, initially will require fingerprint authentication to activate ignition (O.K. its not really an ignition, its a primary contactor…) , and eventually will also include GPS and GSM/GPRS communication so that the bike’s location can be queried via cell phone, or alerts can be sent in the event of invalid activation attempts. However I have found my desire to actually implement this diminished as, until I replace the batteries, the bike is unrideable anyways..

More pretty Pictures:

Also be sure to check out http://www.elmoto.net/ , probably the best electric motorcycle resource out there.

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Feb 10

2008-2010: ZR_MRR

So , as this is my glorious first post, a bit of explaining is probably in need.

Me: I am Zachary Rubin, a 3rd year at UCSB studying Electrical Engineering in the College of Engineering, and Computer Science in the College of Creative Studies.

It is customary  College of Creative Studies students to give an oral Mid Residency Review  to  “… report on their progress, reflect on what they have set out to do, what they have accomplished so far and where they want to go…”   so instead of just throwing together another powerpoint, this seemed to bee a good excuse to finally [re]build an up to date hobby inspired blogish  website – and  start by filling with content which would dually serve the purpose of supporting my MRR.

So here we are.

I applied to the CCS program in the Spring of 2008 so we’ll start with the following summer


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