SRJC Course Outlines

12/8/2021 8:06:57 AMDET 190.1 Course Outline as of Spring 2007

New Course (First Version)

Discipline and Nbr:  DET 190.1Title:  ALT FUELS AND SYSTEMS  
Full Title:  Alternative Fuels and Fuel Systems
Last Reviewed:3/28/2011

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As:  AUTO 190.1

Catalog Description:
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This course will provide an introduction to non-traditional fuels and conversion of internal combustion fuel systems to natural gas, bio-fuels, and other alternative fuel systems.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course will provide an introduction to non-traditional fuels and conversion of internal combustion fuel systems to natural gas, bio-fuels, and other alternative fuel systems.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Differentiate between traditional and "alternative" fuel.
2. Identify and describe fuels classified as "alternative" to gasoline.
3. Explain the origin, manufacture and use of alternative fuels.
4. Relate specific alternative fuels to their appropriate application.
5. Identify and describe alternative fuel processing and fuel combining
6. Locate and utilize current information on research, invention, and

Topics and Scope
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I. Clean fuels: An overview
  A. Traditional fuels
  B. Alternative fuels
  C. Clean air legislation
  D. Electricity as a fuel
II. Fuel types, origin, manufacturing and use
  A. Gaseous fuels
     1. LPG (liquefied petroleum gas or propane)
     2. CNG (compressed natural gas)
     3. LNG (liquefied natural gas)
     4. Gasoline as a source of hydrogen
     5. Hydrogen fuel compressed from hydrocarbon chain
  B. Bio-fuels
     1. Methane
     2. SVO (straight vegetable oil)
     3. Bio-diesel
     4. Ethanol
     5. Methanol
     6. Sun diesel
     7. Hydrogen fuel compressed from electrolyzed water
     8. Water as a fuel
  C. Electric fuels
     1. Hydrogen cells
     2. Wave generators
     3. Solar cells
     4. Geothermal
     5. Hydrogrid
     6. Free standing generators
     7. Wind
     8. Earth turbine
III.  Fuel Processing Technologies
  A. Direct injection / compression ignition diesel motors
  B. Gasoline direct injection
  C. Jet engine processing technologies
  D. Electric fuel processing technologies
     1. Lithium ion batteries
     2. Nano-coating cell technology
     3. In-wheel hub electric direct drive
     4. Compressed air (France)
IV. Fuel Combining Technologies
  A. Hybrid
  B. Plug-in hybrids
  C. Hydraulic hybrid
  D. Regenerative braking
V. Centers of Research, Invention, and Innovation
  A. Rocky Mountain Institute
  B. NBEAA (North Bay Electric Automobile Association)
  C. CalCars
  D. E-Traction
  E. Landfill Energy Systems
  F. Sonoma County Sustainable Transportation Center (SOCOSTC)
  G. Research programs
  H. National and regional associations and organizations
  I. National, state, and local government programs

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Representative assignments:
1. Readings (approximately 5-10 pages per week) and discussion of
traditional and alternative fuels.
2. Field trips (1-4 during regularly scheduled class session(s)) to local
alternative fuel facilities and/or refining facility.
3. Field notes.
4. Group research reports (1-2) on topics such as: existing technology,
existing research and development projects, public alternative fuel uses,
case studies. 3-5 pages each and oral presentation of findings.
5. Final project: research and written report (5-7 pages) on a selected
alternative fuel technology or related topic. In-class presentation.
6. Final exam.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
40 - 60%
Final project report
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 40%
Short answer
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
Attendance and participation; class presentation; field notes

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Instructor prepared materials.
Hordeski, Michael. F. Alternative Fuels: The Future of Hydrogen. Fairmont
Press, Incorporated, 2006.
Lang, David. Alternative Fuels and Electric Vehicle Technology. Spirit
Publications, 2005.
ASME Turbo Expo: Biomass and Alternative Fuels, Innovations. American
Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2004.
Alternative Diesel Fuels. Society of Automotive Engineers, Incorporated,
Sparrow, Jack C. Alternative Transportation Fuels: Issues and
Developments. Nova Science Publishers, Incorporated, 2003.

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