Prof. Art MacCarley 

 
 

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Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alternative Energy Vehicles 

aka Automotive Engineering for a Sustainable Future 

Winter 2018

 

 

         

 

 

Lecture: Tuesday and Thursday 10:10 AM - 11:20 AM in Construction Innovation Center Room C102. 

Laboratory: 12:10 - 3:00 PM in EE Building 20-136 for design reviews, ATL 07-7 for project work.

 

This is a course about alternative/renewable fuels, electric, hybrid and fuel cell powered automobiles.

Announcements

Welcome!  The site contains all lecture notes, homework, and project-related material, solutions, tutorials, supplemental materials, and course/lab announcements

 

Course Description

A multi-disciplinary survey and analysis of alternative energy technologies for automobiles.  A rigorous comparison of all practical alternative fuels for internal combustion engines and electric and hybrid propulsion systems.  Emphasis on thermal efficiency, emission characteristics including greenhouse gases, performance, practical vehicle limitations, fuel renewability, production processes, and distribution infrastructure issues.  Team laboratory projects will provide practical experience with some aspect of alternative fuels or electric vehicles.

Textbook
Bosch Automotive Handbook, 9th (2014) Edition, by Robert Bosch GmBH. Available from Cal Poly Bookstore or online at http://books.sae.org/bosch9/

Prerequisites

Chemistry (stoichiometry, thermochemistry, equivalent of Chemistry 124)

Physics (energy and power, dynamic system modeling, equivalent of Physics 132)

Some familiarity with internal combustion engines (personal experience or course work such as ME 444)

Helpful but not required: Practical mechanical fabrication or automotive mechanic skills

 

Laboratory Projects

The laboratory component of the course will consist of small team projects in which students will have the opportunity to work with some aspect of alternative fuels or electric vehicle.  Projects selected by students this quarter are:

     1.   Energy recovery and hill assist bicycle using supercapacitors.   Using donated 3000 Farad Maxwell supercapacitor, a bicycle will be modified to recover downhill braking energy and use it for uphill assistance.

2. Complete automation of Solar Powered Waste Vegetable Oil to Diesel Fuel processing system.  Project location: Alternative Fuel shed, located next to the Farm Shop.

3. Redesign of diesel fuel injection pump to permit operation on dimethyl ether.  Installation of a 650cc single cylinder diesel engine/generator.   

Weekly milestones, deliverables and reviews. 

We have a small equipment budget for the lab projects.

Students will do every aspect of the project mechanical and electrical design, fabrication, testing, fuel handling and safety.  Weekly design reviews will be held during regular lab meeting times, but you will be able to work on projects any time during normal university hours.  A final report, presentation and demonstration will are required during the last week of instruction.

Homework
Usually assigned and due in hard copy form on Thursday at the start of the lecture.  Solutions will be discussed when due, and posted on the web site.  No late homework accepted.

Grading Rubric

Lecture Deliverables
Midterm (50 minutes)                      20%
Final Exam (2 hours 50 minutes)  45%
Homework Assignments                 10%
Project
            Design Reviews (based on class and instructor evaluations)              10%
            Final Demonstration (Is it complete?  Does is work as planned?)       10%
            Final Project Report                                                                                    5%


Project Design Reviews
Part 1: Team progress presentation. PPT or similar, in 20-136.  Summarize design process and tasks completed.  Identify tasks not yet completed.  Show project tasks on a Gantt chart and identify individual responsibilities.  Describe with photos what has been accomplished since the last design review.  Identify what will be accomplished during the next project period.
Part 2: Hands-on assistance with instrutor and/or demonstration of working elements in lab 07-07.  

 

 

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