Committee Chair

Jones, Francis J.

Committee Member

Alp, Neslihan; Thomas, Tricia A.

Department

Dept. of Engineering

College

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

The objective of this project is to determine the advantages of the modern alternative fueled vehicles over traditional vehicles on a well to wheel basis. Alternative fueled vehicles are often lauded for their advantages during vehicle operation. This project evaluates vehicles according to their relative values on a broader scale. This project compares traditional, alternative fuel, and hybrid vehicles for use in the U.S. from the complete fuel cycle standpoint using points of comparison that include energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and the emission of five principal pollutants. GREET software used in this study was developed at Argonne National Laboratory specifically for modeling these types of points. Financial considerations and social benefits outside the purview of GREET are also incorporated. The comparisons account for the attributes of each vehicle-fuel combination considering the feedstock, fuel production, and vehicle operation stages in order to provide a complete view of the fuel cycle. By comparing vehicles in this way, this project highlights the advantages of each combination and provides insight into the overall effect of operating these vehicle technologies.

Degree

M. S.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science.

Date

5-2011

Subject

Alternative fuel vehicles; Hybrid electric vehicles

Keyword

Alternative fueled vehicles; Hybrid vehicles; GREET software; Energy consumption; Greenhouse gas emissions

Discipline

Engineering

Document Type

Masters theses

Extent

xx, 239 leaves

Language

English

Rights

Under copyright.

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

Included in

Engineering Commons

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