Friday, November 4, 2016

know Tejaswani Priyadarshani from Rourkela, who invented Air Bike

14-year-old girl Tejaswani Priyadarshani from Rourkela, Odisha, has designed an innovative device that gives a whole new dimension to a bicycle by allowing it to run on air.
Tejaswani Priyadarshani from Rourkela, who invented Air Bike
Tejaswani Priyadarshani from Rourkela, PC: Telegraph

Instead of pedals, the “air bike” runs by propelling air. With a 10 kg cylinder of compressed air mounted on the bicycle carrier, it can run up to a distance of 60 km.

Tejaswani’s innovation comes at a time when the whole world is trying to tackle global climate woes by cutting down the usage of fossil fuels extracted from resources like coal, oil, gas, petrol and diesel; opening greater possibilities of using renewables like solar and wind energy.

Tejaswani, a class-XI student of Saraswati Sishu Vidya Mandir of Rourkela, had this idea when she visited a bicycle-repair shop and saw the mechanics using air guns to detangle knots in a bicycle tyre.

She was helped by her father to carry out the experiments. After experimenting with several design processes, they bought an air tank with an inlet for filling water. A measuring dial was fitted with the tank. A starting knob and a safety valve were also connected to release excess air.

When the knob is turned on, the air from the cylinder is transferred to the air gun placed near the paddle that rotates the gear with the help of six different blades, which also sets the cycle in motion.

The technique used in the cycle can also be applied to motorcycles and cars. The bicycle can also be used by differently abled people. Tejaswani has also won several accolades for her brilliant invention.
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