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|Discipline and Nbr:
ADV. ALTERNATIVE FUELS||
Advanced Alternative Fuels
|Units||Course Hours per Week|| ||Nbr of Weeks||Course Hours Total
|Maximum||3.00||Lecture Scheduled||2.00||17.5 max.||Lecture Scheduled||35.00
|Minimum||3.00||Lab Scheduled||3.00||8 min.||Lab Scheduled||52.50
| ||Contact DHR||0|| ||Contact DHR||0
| ||Contact Total||5.00|| ||Contact Total||87.50
| ||Non-contact DHR||0|| ||Non-contact DHR Total||0
Title 5 Category:
AA Degree Applicable
00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As:
| ||Total Out of Class Hours: 70.00||Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50||
This course will cover development, implementation, and repair procedures for alternative fuel motors currently being used for commercial applications. The course will focus on bio-diesel, methane, natural gas, and propane fuels. Course examines how motors that are adapted to operate using these fuels are being utilized in cities, farms, power generation facilities and freight environments.
Course Completion of DET 190 OR Course Completion of AUTO 190
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Schedule of Classes Information
Implementation, development, and repair procedures for alternative fuel motors currently used for commercial applications in cities, power generation facilities, freight, and on farms. Emphasis on bio-diesel, methane, natural gas and propane fuels.
Prerequisites:Course Completion of DET 190 OR Course Completion of AUTO 190
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION
Both Certificate and Major Applicable
Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Critique the progress and limitations of current alternative fuel
2. Describe bio-diesel, natural gas, propane, and methane as fuel sources.
3. Evaluate the effectiveness of bio-diesel, natural gas, propane, and
methane for high compression diesel motors and fuel economy.
4. Compare the pros and cons of each alternative fuel with respect to a
variety of factors.
5. Evaluate the current fuel production infrastructure and propose
modifications that will make alternative fuel motors a viable, large-scale
6. Compare and contrast the levels of labor involved in converting an
existing motor technology for operation on natural gas vs. bio-diesel vs.
propane vs. methane.
7. Repair and maintain the alternative fuel motor.
8. Locate and interpret city, state, and federal regulations governing
alternative fuel application.
9. Fabricate alternative fuel system conversion components as the need for
10. Locate and interpret reports on research and development performed by
Topics and Scope
1. Progress and Limitations of Alternative Fuels
a. Current status
1. Reduced green house gases
a. Are we achieving results with alternative fuel?
b. Are sacrifices of current reliable infrastructure worth it?
2. A finite fuel vs. an unlimited source
3. Short term vs. permanent solutions
2. Mandated Alternative Fuels
a. Natural gas
3. Pros and Cons of Each Alternative Fuel: Natural Gas, Propane, Methane,
a. Extra cost above base motor cost
c. Petroleum base vs. organic
e. Motor longevity
g. Ease of repair
h. User friendliness
4. Alternative Fuel Motor Support and Infrastructure
1. Fuel sources
2. After-market sources
3. Fuel shortages
4. Local manufacturers
5. Intensity of Conversion (Natural Gas, Propane, Bio-diesel)
a. Factory conversions
b. Aftermarket conversions
c. Original designs
d. Component fabrication
e. No conversions
6. Removal, Diagnosis, Repair, and Reinstallation
a. Design study
b. Failure analysis
7. Research and Development
a. The process
b. Internet research on similar ideas
1. Assigned readings, 10-40 pages per week.
2. Disassemble and reassemble alternative fuel modifications to pre-
existing diesel technology.
3. Disassemble defective methane fueled engine components and inspect for
4. Diagnose, remove, repair and reinstall engine components.
5. Conduct library and Internet research and write a 3-5 page report on a
topic such as: city, county, and state mandates for low emissions; low
emission solutions in different locales; infrastructure to support
alternative fuel technologies; pros and cons of main alternative fuels.
6. Oral report on research findings.
7. Final performance exam: Diagnose and/or repair alternative fuel
Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Representative Textbooks and Materials:
|Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.||Writing
30 - 40%
|Research reports; R & D process description.||
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
20 - 30%
|Diagnose and repair; component testing & eval.||
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
30 - 40%
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
0 - 0%
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
10 - 20%
|Attendance and participation.||
Instructor prepared materials.
Designated web sites.