The Biodiesel Motorbike: Demonstrating the Social Responsibility of Teaching Sustainable Engineering

By Colin David Kestell.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Engineering students are learning that reducing our dependance on fossil fuels by similarly performing alternatives is a practical notion by designing and developing a biodiesel motorbike.

Keywords: Sustainable Engineering, Social Responsibility

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.27-34. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.439MB).

Dr Colin David Kestell

Colin was born in the UK and completed an apprenticeship at British Aerospace (Hatfield, UK) and a degree at Coventry University. At BAe he vibration tested missiles and analysed data from telemetry flights. He then worked for Marconi Space Systems (Portsmouth, UK) subjecting satellite sub assemblies to vibration, shock and thermal vacuum (space simulation) tests. After moving to Australia, he managed the vibration test lab at ADI (St. Marys) and became a chartered engineer. Another move brought him to the University of Adelaide, where he successfully completed his PhD in acoustics. He is married to Diane and has three children; Garreth, Glenn and Beth and lives near the coast, south of Adelaide. Colin is now a Senior Lecturer at University of Adelaide where he coordinates Automotive Engineering teaching and research. He also has other research interests that include Computer Aided Engineering, Engineering Design and BioDiesel applications. His teaching responsibilities include: Level I Design Graphics, Level III Design and Level IV Advanced Computer Aided Engineering (using CATIA and UGNX3). He is also the first year course advisor, first year co-ordinator, he chairs a teaching curriculum committee and supervises large numbers of final year students in their fourth year projects. One such project is the Formula SAE car in which students design build and race a small race car and another is the design and manufacture of a CO2 neutral "BioBike". This is motorbike will be specifically designed to run on Canola (or mustard seed) derived Biodiesel and serves to impress upon students the importance of sustainable engineering practices.

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