Alternative Fuels: Impact on SI and CI Fuel Systems, Distribution and Storage     


I.D.# C0729Printable Description
Duration: 2 Days

Microbial contamination and material compatibility present significant issues for alternative fuels, causing costly operational problems for suppliers, distributors and end-users. Fouling, corrosion, sulphide spoilage and increased water content can lead to filter plugging, blocking of fuel lines and injectors and consequently cause excessive wear and failure of engines and systems components. This course is a primer for those professionals who desire to learn how new fuel and fuel blends could potentially impact the operation and reliability of engines powered by oxygenated gasoline, desulfurized diesel fuel and biodiesel fuel blends. Attendees will learn the basics about fuel chemistries, material compatibility and how the increased susceptibility to water and microorganisms can affect equipment operation and reliability.

Learning Objectives
By attending this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Explain the events that have shaped our current fuel policies
  • Compare the differences between petroleum and biomass fuel chemistries
  • Detect fuel and potential system material compatibility issues
  • Describe how fuel systems could potentially be at greater risk for problems due to the presence of microorganisms
  • Detect and remediate problems associated with microbial contamination of fuels
  • Improve the overall operational reliability of power systems that utilize diesel and biodiesel fuels

Who Should Attend
This seminar is appropriate for fuel systems design engineers, fuel quality managers in refinery, pipeline and terminal operations, engine fuel quality managers, and maintenance technicians.

Attendees should have a basic understanding of fuels and fuel systems.

Topical Outline

  • Fuels
    • Brief overview of fuel history -- Introduction of fuels for spark ignition and compression ignition engines; Events and policy that shaped fuels in the United States
  • Overview of Fuel Chemistries
    • Petroleum fuels -- Feedstocks and production
    • Biomass fuels -- Feedstocks and production
    • Unique chemical differences
  • Material Compatibility
    • How is material compatibility defined?
    • Metals vs. non-metals
    • Factors that contribute to the corrosion of metals and non-metals
    • Examples of material compatibility issues
  • Microorganisms
    • Brief overview of the operational and economic impact of microorganisms to the gasoline, diesel and biodiesel industry
    • Brief description of microorganisms related to fuels
    • Requirements for microorganisms to survive in a fuel storage and distribution system
  • Diesel Fuel Storage and Distribution
    • Entry and movement of microorganisms throughout the diesel fuel storage and distribution network
  • Detection of Microorganisms
    • Types of detection equipment and procedures
    • Practicum
  • Remediation of Microorganisms
    • Microbial pesticides approved for use in fuels
    • USEPA regulations governing the sale of microbial pesticides
    • Characteristics of an efficacious microbial pesticide
    • Methods for treating storage and distribution systems
  • Surveillance and Testing
    • Benefits of a routine surveillance program
    • Developing a surveillance program

Instructor(s): Ed English & Howard Chesneau
Mr. English is currently Vice President & Technical Director for Fuel Quality Services, Inc. where he oversees all aspects directly related to the research, development, and deployment of chemicals, antimicrobials and detection equipment for use in the various stages of the petroleum and biomass fuels industry from the refinery to the end user. He is also responsible for evaluating regulatory and industry issues, compliance with federal and state regulations, formulating policy and implementing programs to address regulatory and industry issues, and performing technical reviews and program audits. Mr. English previously worked in the nuclear power industry. He is nationally recognized for his knowledge and expertise in the area of microbial contamination of fuels, alternative fuels, and materials compatibility and has been an invited speaker for such organizations as the EPA, FAA, CALCUPA, NEIWPCC, PEI, NISTM, and SAE, DuPont, and Biofuels Americas. Mr. English is also an active member of numerous professional organizations including SAE, IASH, IATA, and ASTM. He has a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Florida and two years post-baccalaureate work from the University of Miami.

Mr. Chesneau is the President of Fuel Quality Services, Inc. A recognized expert on fuel-related issues, he has over thirty years of experience in fuel additives, distillate fuel problems, fuel filtration, and tank remediation. Additionly, Mr. Chesneau has extensive knowledge and field experience in the area of microbial contamination and detection. Mr. Chesneau is on the IASH Board of Directors and is the past Chairman of the SAE Atlanta Section. He is an active member of other professional organizations including SAE, IATA, and ASTM. He currently serves on the IATA Working Group on Microbial Contamination, the ASTM Committee dealing with fuel from middle distillates to heavy oils, the ASTM Committee establishing specifications for biodiesel, and the ASTM Committee on jet fuel. In addition to his committee and working group activities, Mr. Chesneau has authored and co-authored many articles on the subject of fuel storage and handling that have been published in various trade magazines. Mr. Chesneau served as a commissioned officer in the US Army and holds a B.S. degree from the University of Florida.

Fees: $1370.00 ; SAE Members: $1096.00 - $1233.00

1.3 CEUs
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

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