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Motor Fuel: Technology, Performance, Testing, and Specifications 98003

Fuel composition has had to change with the advent of more stringent emission regulations. Reformulated gasoline (RFG), for example, is vastly different from gasoline of even ten years ago. Tightening regulations on diesel emissions will dramatically change both diesel fuel and engine design. This three-day seminar will review the fundamentals of motor fuels, combustion and motor power generation. The primary content of the course provides a basic introduction to the technology, performance, evaluation, and specifications of current gasoline, diesel, and turbine fuels. The first day of the course begins with a brief review of the evolution of motor fuel through 100 years of performance and specification.

Learning Objectives
By attending this seminar, you will be able to:
  • Describe how fuel compositional variables affect engine performance
  • Interpret test data to determine if fuel meets required specifications and regulations
  • Determine the purpose and mode of action of performance additives
  • List the important processes in motor fuel
  • Communicate effectively with others working with motor fuels
  • Have a working knowledge of motor fuel composition, properties, and performance -- a necessity for engine designers, and fuel and additive formulators.

Who Should Attend
This course is intended for engine design engineers who need a basic understanding of the fundamental performance properties of motor fuels and additives. The course is also intended for formulators who need to understand the relationships of fuel performance and composition to properly design fuels and additives to meet current and future needs. Engine testing personnel; petroleum company employees; Federal, State, and Local Regulatory personnel, laboratory supervisors; and fuel marketing personnel would also benefit.

Participants should have an undergraduate engineering degree.
  • Introduction and History of Motor Fuels
  • Overview of Motor Gasoline
    • Gasoline composition, chemistry, production, blending
    • Spark ignition engine and effect of fuel quality on performance
    • Gasoline volatility and combustion
    • Influence of composition on storage stability and engine deposit formation

  • Oxygenated Blend Components and Emissions
  • Gasoline Specifications
  • Overview of Diesel Fuel
    • Diesel composition, chemistry, production, blending
    • Diesel engine and effect of fuel quality on performance
    • Fuel characteristics influencing combustion and emissions
    • Low temperature and other fuel characteristics
    • Fuel additives

  • Alternative Fuels, Future Trends, and Directions
  • Diesel Specifications
  • Gaseous Fuels for Engines
    • Natural gas combustion, performance, and emissions
    • LPG combustion, performance, and emissions
    • Alternative fuels, future trends, and directions
  • Racing Fuels
    • General considerations
    • Hydrocarbon fuels
    • Alcohol fuels
    • Special fuels
  • Future Trends in Fuels
    • Alternative fuels
    • Future trends and directions
Kenneth Kipers

Dr. Kenneth Kipers has been obtaining experience in additive synthesis, fuels, formulation, field testing, and customer service, since 1993, is a Certified Lubrication Specialist and is currently involved in the consulting and training field specializing in fuels and lubricants. He is an adjunct professor at Richland College in Dallas and an instructor for Dale Carnegie courses, as well. Dr. Kipers has been an expert witness in many cases involving gasoline, diesel, and aviation fuels. He is also an active member of ACS, SAE, and STLE. Dr. Kipers received a B.S. from San Diego State University and a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from the University of California-Los Angeles.

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Fees: $1950.00
SAE Members: $1755.00 - $1755.00

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


"Covers a broad range, on a level you can understand, no matter what your background or expertise."
Donna Crabtree
Engineering Supervisor
Johnson Matthey Testing

"Excellent seminar to relate motor fuels to vehicle performance, fuel economy and emissions."
Andy Vaichekauskas
Engineer, Vehicle Emissions
Mitsubishi R&D of America

"This course will definitely give you an excellent overview of today's energy concerns and needs."
Michael Mueller
Head, Chemistry Dept.
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology


For additional information, contact SAE Customer Service 1-877-606-7323 (724-776-4970 outside the U.S. and Canada) or at

Duration: 3 Days