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K-State Today

October 3, 2012



Emissions expert to give seminar on efficiency, air pollution, alternative fuels of diesel locomotives

By Richard Nelson

The Center for Sustainable Energy presents Steven Fritz, manager at the Southwest Research Institute, who will discuss "Railroad Diesel Locomotives: Efficiency, Air Pollution and Alternative Fuels" at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in 1029 Durland Hall.

Fritz has led numerous projects involving characterizing both regulated and unregulated exhaust emissions from heavy-duty diesel engines covering 50 to 6,000 horsepower. He has published more than 115 technical reports and peer-reviewed technical papers on the subject. Projects have included on-highway and nonroad engine applications, as well as locomotive, marine and undergrounding mining.

As manager of the medium-speed diesel engine section, Fritz leads Southwest Research Institute’s activities in locomotive exhaust emissions characterization. He established the the institute's locomotive exhaust emissions test center in 1992 with more than 200 locomotives tested. Fritz is a recognized expert in locomotive exhaust emission testing, often serving as a consultant to industry and government on locomotive testing issues. In addition, he has managed several projects involving medium-speed diesel engines, and is responsible for activities in characterizing the gaseous and particulate emissions from medium-speed laboratory engines at the institute.

Fritz has master's and bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University.