Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Operational Sciences
Bradley E. Anderson, PhD.
For many years there has been much attention on reducing U.S. fuel imports to improve the nation's energy independence. Much of the focus has been on the transportation sector, as it accounts for 28% of total U.S. energy consumption. This thesis examines compressed natural gas (CNG) as a possible alternative fuel for the U.S. transportation sector. To fully explore this possibility, it is essential to understand both the supply and demand sides of the problem. This research examines the availability and adequacy of CNG as a full or partial fuel replacement for U.S. transportation fuels, the factors that prevent CNG from being a widely used transportation fuel, the costs and benefits of using CNG as a vehicle fuel, and ways in which to make CNG more cost-effective. The author applies the Analytic Hierarchy Process to determine the optimum short-term and long-term scenarios for CNG use in the U.S. transportation sector.
DTIC Accession Number
Uz, Veysel, "CNG as a Feasible Replacement for the U.S. Transportation Sector" (2012). Theses and Dissertations. 1239.