Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-04 07:40:36


Mechanical Engineering

Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2021


The goal of this project is to design and optimize an eCVT setup for The University of Akron’s Zips Baja SAE car. The current CVT is a centrifugal CVT which changes its gear ratio through a series of weights and springs, while an eCVT uses a motor to change the gear ratio.The advantage of an eCVT is that the motor can be programmed to adjust in real-time based on the engine rpm. A centrifugal CVT can only be tuned ahead of time. It is necessary to compare the new acceleration performance to a tuned centrifugal CVT to determine if it would be an improvement over the Baja team’s current CVT design.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Christopher Daniels

First Reader

Dr. Yalin Dong

Second Reader

Dr. Scott Sawyer

Honors Faculty Advisor


HonorsProjectCoverEM signed by YD CD SS.pdf (299 kB)
Signed cover sheet Emily Masa

Alec Bagley honors project cover letter signed YD CD.pdf (236 kB)
Signed cover sheet Alec Bagley

2021 Baja_eCVT_Signature_Page_Final.pdf (252 kB)
Advisor and Reader Signatures



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