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Technical Paper
2014-04-01
S. Hirose, H. Yamamoto, H. Suenobu, H. Sakamoto, F. Katsube, P. Busch, A. Martin, R. Kai, C. D. Vogt
Today the Ammonia Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system with good NOx conversion is the emission technology of choice for diesel engines globally. High NOx conversion SCR systems combined with optimized engine calibration not only address the stringent NOx emission limits which have been introduced or are being considered for later this decade, but also reduce CO2 emissions required by government regulations and the increase in fuel economy required by end-users. Reducing the packaging envelope of today's SCR systems, while retaining or improving NOx conversion and pressure drop, is a key customer demand. High SCR loadings ensure high NOx conversion at very low temperatures. To meet this performance requirement, a High Porosity Substrate which minimizes the pressure drop impact, was introduced in SAE Paper 2012-01-1079 [1], [2], [3]. The High Porosity Substrate with an equivalent catalyst amount demonstrated a pressure drop reduction in SCR substrate against the baseline conventional substrate.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Xiangyu Feng, Yunshan Ge, Jianwei Tan, Jiaqiang Li, Yao Zhang, Chenglei Yu
Abstract The NOx conversion efficiency of vanadium-based SCR catalyst is lower under low temperature. Utilizing an exhaust analyzer, the effects of electrically heated catalyst on the performance of vanadium-based SCR catalyst under low temperature was studied on the engine test bench. The inlet temperature of SCR catalyst without the electrically heated catalyst were in the range of 150°C∼270°C under various steady engine modes, and the NSR (Normalized Stoichiometric Ratio) was set as 0.4,0.6,0.8,1.0. The results showed that under the space velocity of 20000h−1, with the application of the electrically heated catalyst, the inlet temperature of SCR increased about 19.9°C on average and the NOx conversion efficiency improved about 8.0%. The NOx conversion efficiency increased 1.7%∼8.6% at the temperatures of 150°C∼174°C, and 1.0%∼15.9% at the temperatures of 186°C∼270°C. The experiment space velocity properties indicated that with the electrically heated catalyst, the inlet temperature increase and the increasing rate of the NOx conversion efficiency both decreased with the increasing space velocity.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Takahiro Umeno, Masaya Hanzawa, Yoshiyuki Hayashi, Masao Hori
Abstract In this study several NOx storage materials have been investigated to see their NOx storage properties. And sulfur release properties of these materials have been also investigated. Based on these findings, new LNT catalyst was developed. In this new LNT catalyst Barium is supported on one basic material, and Strontium is coated in the whole catalyst with high dispersion. And it shows higher NOx storage performance against conventional LNT one even though 10g/L of sulfur was introduced to the catalysts. According to analysis results of new LNT catalyst after sulfur poisoning, it was found that sulfur was mainly adsorbed on Strontium selectively, and then it formed sulfate compound as SrSO4. On the other hand, another sulfate compounds could be hardly observed. And regarding Barium on basic material some analysis measurement said that it has not only better NOx storage function, but also better sulfur release function. The assumption why new LNT catalyst has high sulfur resistance is that Strontium works like scavenger effect against sulfur, therefore it enables to keep higher NOx storage performance by Barium even if it contains much sulfur amount in the catalyst.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Mojghan Naseri, Raymond Conway, Howard Hess, Ceren Aydin, Sougato Chatterjee
Abstract Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems have been demonstrated as effective solutions for controlling NOx emissions from Heavy Duty diesel engines. Future HD diesel engines are being designed for higher engine out NOx to improve fuel economy, which will require increasingly higher NOx conversion to meet emission regulations. For future aftertreatment designs, advanced technologies such as SCR coated on filter (SCRF®) and SCR coated on high porous flow through substrates can be utilized to achieve high NOx conversion. In this work, different options were evaluated for achieving high NOx conversion. First, high performance NOx control catalysts were designed by using SCRF unit followed by additional SCR on high porosity substrates. Second, different control strategies were evaluated to understand the effect of reductant dosing strategy and thermal management on NOx conversion. Tests were carried out on a HD engine under transient test cycles. The results indicated that NOx conversion can be significantly improved using the proposed design of SCRF component along with SCR on high porosity substrates.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Matthieu Lecompte, Stephane Raux, Arnaud Frobert
Abstract The selective catalytic reduction (SCR) based on urea water solution (UWS) is an effective way to reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) emitted by engines. The high potential offered by this solution makes it a promising way to meet the future stringent exhaust gas standards (Euro6 and Tier2 Bin5). UWS is injected into the exhaust upstream of an SCR catalyst. The catalyst works efficiently and durably if the spray is completely vaporized and thoroughly mixed with the exhaust gases before entering. Ensuring complete vaporization and optimum mixture distribution in the exhaust line is challenging, especially for compact exhaust lines. Numerous parameters affect the degree of mixing: urea injection pressure and spray angle, internal flow field (fluid dynamics), injector location …. In order to quantify the mixture quality (vaporization, homogeneity) upstream of the SCR catalyst, it is proposed to employ non intrusive optical diagnostics techniques such as laser induced fluorescence (LIF).
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Keld Johansen, Henrik Bentzer, Arkady Kustov, Kenneth Larsen, Ton V.W. Janssens, Rasmus G. Barfod
Abstract Today, the DPF and SCR catalysts are combined sequentially in diesel exhaust systems. However, such sequential system configuration has several drawbacks: 1) large volume; 2) insufficient temperature for the SCR catalyst during cold start when DPF is placed in front of SCR; and 3) unfavorable conditions for passive soot regeneration if SCR is placed upstream of the DPF. The problems can potentially be solved by integrating the SCR catalyst into the particulate filter as one multifunctional unit. The study indicates that SCRonDPF based on Cu-zeolite type as SCR material can achieve the NOx conversion levels close to flow-through SCR catalysts for LDV (Light Duty Vehicles) using forced regenerations. Forced soot regeneration solves potential sulfur poisoning. For HDV (Heavy Duty Vehicles) applications with full managed passive soot regenerations, integration of V-based SCR formulations on DPF represents an attractive solution due to high sulfur resistance accompanied by low-temperature fuel economy.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Jean Balland, Michael Parmentier, Julien Schmitt
Similar to single-brick SCR architectures, the multi-brick SCR systems described in this paper require urea injection control software that meets the NOx conversion performance target while maintaining the tailpipe NH3 slip below a given threshold, under all driving conditions. The SCR architectures containing a close-coupled SCRoF and underfloor SCR are temperature-wise more favorable than the under-floor location and lead to significant improvement of the global NOx conversion, compared to a single-brick system. But in order to maximize the benefit of close-coupling, the urea injection control must maximize the NH3 stored in the SCRoF. The under-floor SCR catalyst can be used as an NH3 slip buffer, lowering the risk of NH3 slip at the tailpipe with some benefit on the global NOx conversion of the system. With this approach, the urea injection strategy has a limited control on the NH3 coverage of the under-floor SCR catalyst. To take more advantage of the under-floor SCR catalyst for improving the NOx conversion, the NH3 coverage of the under-floor SCR must be taken into account, and therefore a combined control of both catalysts is required.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Jason D. Pless, Mojghan Naseri, Wassim Klink, Glen Spreitzer, Sougato Chatterjee, Penelope Markatou
Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) catalysts have been demonstrated as an effective solution for controlling NOx emissions from diesel engines. There is a drive to reduce the overall packaging volume of the aftertreatment system for these applications. In addition, more active SCR catalysts will be needed as the applications become more challenging: e.g. lower temperatures and higher engine out NOx, for fuel consumption improvements. One approach to meet the challenges of reduced volume and/or higher NOx reduction is to increase the active site density of the SCR catalyst by coating higher amount of SCR catalyst on high porosity substrates (HPS). This approach could enable the reduction of the overall packaging volume while maintaining similar NOx conversion as compared to 2010/2013 systems, or improve the NOx reduction performance for equivalent volume and NH3 slip. In this work, systems consisting of SCR coated on high porosity substrates were evaluated in comparison to standard substrate based SCR systems used in typical 2010 applications.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Douglas Lee Ummel, Kenneth Price
Non-road Tier 4 Final emissions standards offer opportunities for engines to be certified with DOC + SCR aftertreatment systems (ATS), where particulate matter (PM) emissions will be controlled by engine measures. These non-filter systems will not experience high thermal conditions common for filter regeneration and, therefore, will not have the secondary benefit of thermal events removing sulfur from the DOC and SCR aftertreatment. An experimental program was conducted on DOC + SCR systems in which the DOC was selected for the anticipated NO2 and sulfur management requirements of a fixed volume of 3 SCR types (vanadia, copper and iron). Each system was optimized to NOx conversion levels of 90%+ on NRTC cycles then exposed to accelerated sulfur poisoning and various cycles of increasing temperature after each poisoning to observe the performance recovery of the system. Specific sulfur management strategies are defined, depending on technology. Though each system has its own unique sensitivity to sulfur and conditions where it recovers, all SCR systems are capable of sustaining 90%+ NOx conversion levels.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Homayoun Ahari, Michael Zammit, Luis Cattani, Jason Jacques, Thomas Pauly
Abstract To meet TierII/LEVII emissions standards, light duty diesel (LDD) vehicles require high conversion efficiencies from the Aftertreatment Systems (ATS) for the removal of both Hydrocarbon (HC) and Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) species. The most populous configuration for LDD ATS have the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) catalyst positioned on the vehicle behind the close coupled Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC) and Catalyzed Diesel Particulate Filter (CDPF). This SCR position may require active heating measures which rely on the DOC/CDPF to provide heat through the combustion of HC and CO in the exhaust. Although DOCs are always impacted by their aging conditions, some aging conditions are shown to be both reversible and irreversible. Under continuous, high speed and high mileage conditions such as experienced in a modified Standard Road Cycle (SRC) or as it is better known, the High Speed Cycle (HSC), it is shown that the DOC's activity can deteriorate initially but significantly recover over repeated FTP-75 test cycles on fully aged catalysts.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Alexander Sappok, Yujun Wang, Ruo-Qian Wang, Carl Kamp, Victor Wong
Ash accumulation in the channels of ceramic, honeycomb-type particulate filters is controlled by several key parameters, which are the focus of this study. Ultimately, it is the formation of ash deposits, their transport, and the manner in which the ash accumulates in the particulate filter, which determines the useful service life of the filter and its resulting impact on engine performance. Although significant variations in ash deposit properties and their spatial distribution within the filter channels have been reported, depending on the filter's application, understanding the key parameters and mechanisms, such as the effects of exhaust flow and temperature conditions, as well as the processes occurring during filter regeneration events (whether passive or active) are critical in developing improved filter ash management strategies. This work combines fundamental modeling studies with in-situ optical investigations clearly showing the processes whereby ash deposits are formed within the particulate filter, and subsequently transported down the length of the filter channel.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Kihong Kim, Rahul Mital, Takehiro Higuchi, Seomoon Chan, Chang Hwan Kim
Abstract Diesel particulate filter (DPF) is a widely used emission control device on diesel vehicles. The DPF captures the particulate matter coming from the engine exhaust and periodically burns the collected soot via the regeneration process. There are various trigger mechanisms for this regeneration, such as distance, time, fuel and simulation. Another method widely used in the industry is the pressure drop across the filter. During calibration, relation between the pressure sensor reading and soot mass in the filter is established. This methodology is highly effective in successful DPF operation as pressure sensor is a live signal that can account for any changes in engine performance over time or any unforeseen hardware failures. On the other hand, any erroneous feedback from the sensor can lead to inaccurate soot mass prediction causing unnecessary regenerations or even needless DPF plugging concerns. A similar phenomenon was observed on certain vehicles where the DPF pressure reading jumped inexplicably leading to DPF plugging concerns.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Lifeng Wang, Takeshi Kadono, Satoshi Sumiya
Low cost and S(sulphur)-tolerant DOCs (Diesel Oxidation Catalysts) are being demanded in emerging countries such as China and India, where Euro 4 and 5 type emission standards are going to be implemented or are being implemented. However, fuel S content is different in the metros vis-à-vis non metros in many emerging countries. In such a scenario, DOCs need to maintain catalytic performance with high S fuel as well as standard low S fuel. This paper describes the development results of S tolerant Pt-Pd based DOCs. A new washcoat technology (WT D) has been developed for EU 4 passive Pt-Pd DOC applications, in which PGM cost was thrifted by replacing part of Pt by Pd. Vehicle test results after thermal ageing and S poisoning demonstrated that the Pt-Pd DOC (Pt:Pd=4:1) prepared with WT D gave similar tailpipe CO (Carbon monoxide) and HC (Hydrocarbon) emission conversions as a commercially available EU 4 passive Pt-only DOC when 50ppm S diesel fuel was used. When 350ppm S fuel was used, the Pt-Pd DOC exhibits higher CO and THC emission conversions than the Pt DOC.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Bernhard Kern, Stephanie Spiess, Joerg Michael Richter
Abstract With the growing awareness about the presence of fine/ultra fine particulates in the ambient air and their negative impact on climate and health, some regions of the world have started to look closer at the contribution of road traffic. Since Gasoline engines, in particular when injecting fuel directly into the combustion chamber, proved to emit relevant numbers of particulates, even hardly visible, the growing share of Gasoline DI engines and their small size of particulate emissions is a concern. To address the same, the EU has already set limits for the particulate number with EU6 from 2015 onwards. The US considers setting challenging limits by particulate mass. Since mass of ultra fine particulates is very low and difficult to measure, experts investigate if a measurement by number might better address the particular concern. The implementation of a coated Particulate Filter enables meeting not only basic demands during traditional emission test cycles. Also the particulate emissions during highly transient and high load driving conditions are reduced effectively.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Mohammad Reza Amini, Mahdi Shahbakhti, Ali Ghaffari
High hydrocarbon (HC) emission during a cold start still remains one of the major emission control challenges for spark ignition (SI) engines in spite of about three decades of research in this area. This paper proposes a cold start HC emission control strategy based on a reduced order modeling technique. A novel singular perturbation approximation (SPA) technique, based on the balanced realization principle, is developed for a nonlinear experimentally validated cold start emission model. The SPA reduced model is then utilized in the design of a model-based sliding mode controller (SMC). The controller targets to reduce cumulative tailpipe HC emission using a combination of fuel injection, spark timing, and air throttle / idle speed controls. The results from the designed multi-input multi-output (MIMO) reduced order SMC are compared with those from a full order SMC. The results show the reduced SMC outperforms the full order SMC by reducing both engine-out and tailpipe HC emission. This improved performance is caused by setting an optimum priority among the control inputs through the incorporation of SPA that evaluates the significance of the control variables/states on HC emission.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Stefan Schmidt, Maurice Smeets, Roland Boehner, Robert Aas, Christian Winkler, Markus Schoenen, Peter Hermann, Julian Tan, Magdi Khair, Joern Bullert
Tighter emission limits are discussed and established around the world to improve quality of the air we breathe. In order to control global warming, authorities ask for lower CO2 emissions from combustion engines. Lots of efforts are done to reduce engine out emissions and/or reduce remaining by suitable after treatment systems. Watlow, among others, a manufacturer of high accurate, active temperature sensor ExactSense™, wanted to understand if temperature sensor accuracy can have an influence on fuel consumption (FC). For this purpose a numerical approach was chosen where several non-road driving cycles (NRTCs) were simulated with the data base of a typical Stage IV heavy duty diesel engine. The engine is equipped with an exhaust gas after treatment system consisting of a DOC, CDPF and an SCR. In this work scope, the investigations shall be restricted to the FC benefits obtained in the active and passive DPF regeneration. The numerical investigations were performed using DPF soot loading and oxidation models using a commercially available software program.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Michael Andrew Smith, Krishna Kamasamudram, Tamas Szailer, Ashok Kumar, Aleksey Yezerets
Abstract The ammonia slip catalyst (ASC), typically composed of Pt oxidation catalyst overlaid with SCR catalyst, is employed for the mitigation of NH3 slip originating from SCR catalysts. Oxidation and SCR functionalities in an ASC can degrade through two key mechanisms i) irreversible degradation due to thermal aging and ii) reversible degradation caused by sulfur-oxides. The impact of thermal aging is well understood and it mainly degrades the SCR function of the ASC and increases the NH3 conversion to undesired products [1]. This paper describes the impact of sulfur-oxides on critical functions of ASC and on NH3 oxidation activity and selectivity towards N2, NOx and N2O. Furthermore impact of desulfation under selected conditions and its extent of ASC performance recovery is explained.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Guanyu Zheng, Fengshuang Wang, Suying Zhang, Jianhua Zhang, Jianzhong Tao, Zhiguo Zhao, Jianqing Fan
Abstract In order to satisfy China IV (equivalent to EU IV) emission regulations, an unconventional design concept was proposed with injector closely coupled with SCR can body. The benefit of this design is that the urea decomposition pipe was removed or drastically shortened, resulting in much smaller packaging space and lower cost of the whole system. However, the resulting short urea mixing distance generates concerns on low urea mixing efficiency and risks of urea deposits. In particular, airless urea injectors tend to generate incomplete evaporation of urea water solution, resulting in high risks of urea deposits. New aftertreatment mixing structures need to be developed to resolve these technical challenges. To this end, stepwise and systematic enhancements of the design have been employed, resulting in multiple designs to eventually meet a set of performance targets, including emission reduction efficiency, reagent mixing, urea evaporation, ammonia and velocity distribution, back pressure, and urea deposits.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Mai Huong Tran, Yoshinori Yamashita, Norihiko Aono
Abstract Recently, there has been increasing interest in catalysts with smaller volume for a Urea Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system especially for use in heavy duty vehicles. In this study, several new concepts were developed in order to improve the deNOx performance of the SCR catalysts over a wide range of operating temperatures and this resulted in a compact SCR system. First, the urea decomposition process in diesel exhaust gas was elucidated. Several kinds of urea decomposition catalysts were investigated and the material which showed the best performance in NH3 (ammonia) formation was used to improve the low temperature performance of Cu-zeolite catalysts. Second, the method of reducing the amount of NH3 slip was investigated. It is well known that the amount of ammonia slip after the Urea-SCR system must be under 10 ppm and therefore materials with lower NH3 slip are preferred. The smaller the amount of NH3 slip, the larger the amount of urea that can be injected into the system and this leads to higher NOx conversion.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Yang Zheng, Dan Luss, Michael P. Harold
Monolithic catalysts consisting of a layer of SCR catalyst deposited on top of a LNT catalyst were optimized to provide high NOx conversion at both low and high temperatures with minimal precious group metal (PGM) loading for effective diesel NOx emission control. In this study we demonstrate the application of LNT & SCR zoning in dual-layer catalyst to improve NOx reduction efficiency and show the potential to reduce the expensive PGM loading by up to 40% from that of LNT only catalyst without degrading its deNOx performance under simulated diesel exhaust conditions. We investigated the NOx reduction pathway in the SCR layer of the dual-layer catalyst using simulated rich exhaust of C3H6/CO/H2 as reductants. The non-NH3 reduction pathway by N-containing organic intermediates via the synergy of LNT and SCR catalysts can play a major role in the incremental NOx conversion over SCR layer at low temperatures (<= 225 °C). The roles of NH3 and C3H6 as reductants for NOx conversion over the SCR catalyst increase with temperature (> 225 °C).
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Shubham Sharma, Naveen Kumar, Sambhav Jain, Sidhant Kumar
Abstract The present consumption rates and heavy dependence on fossil fuels pose a humongous threat to the environment. The increased pollution in urban areas is already causing serious sociological, ecological and economic implications. The issue of energy security led governments and researchers to look for alternate means of renewable and environment friendly fuels. Biodiesel has been one of the promising, and economically viable alternatives. The biodiesels are reported to cause reduction in CO, HC and PM emissions. However, NOx emissions are increased in case of biodiesel in CI engine. Therefore, a Urea-SCR over Fe-ZSM5 honeycomb substrate (400cpsi) zeolite catalyst after treatment system is an effective technology to reduce emissions for biodiesel applications. Exhaust gases pass through the catalyst and reactions take place along its surface, consequently converting NOx into nitrogen and H2O. This conversion compliments the functioning of fish oil biodiesel in reducing the overall emissions.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Krishna Kamasamudram, Ashok Kumar, Jinyong Luo, Neal Currier, Aleksey Yezerets, Thomas Watkins, Larry Allard
Abstract An operational challenge associated with SCR catalysts is the NH3 slip control, particularly for commercial small pore Cu-zeolite formulations as a consequence of their significant ammonia storage capacity. The desorption of NH3 during increasing temperature transients is one example of this challenge. Ammonia slipping from SCR catalyst typically passes through a platinum based ammonia oxidation catalyst (AMOx), leading to the formation of the undesired byproducts NOx and N2O. We have discovered a distinctive characteristic, an overlapping NH3 desorption and oxidation, in a state-of-the-art Cu-zeolite SCR catalyst that can minimize NH3 slip during temperature transients encountered in real-world operation of a vehicle. In this work we show new insights, gained from NH3 temperature programmed desorption and oxidation experiments, into the Cu-zeolite catalyst functions responsible for the overlap of NH3 desorption and oxidation characteristics and the impact of hydrothermal treatment on these functions.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Thomas Wittka, Bastian Holderbaum, Teuvo Maunula, Michael Weissner
The regulations for mobile applications will become stricter in Euro 6 and further emission levels and require the use of active aftertreatment methods for NOX and particulate matter. SCR and LNT have been both used commercially for mobile NOX removal. An alternative system is based on the combination of these two technologies. Developments of catalysts and whole systems as well as final vehicle demonstrations are discussed in this study. The small and full-size catalyst development experiments resulted in PtRh/LNT with optimized noble metal loadings and Cu-SCR catalyst having a high durability and ammonia adsorption capacity. For this study, an aftertreatment system consisting of LNT plus exhaust bypass, passive SCR and engine independent reductant supply by on-board exhaust fuel reforming was developed and investigated. The concept definition considers NOX conversion, CO2 drawback and system complexity. The passive SCR significantly contributes to the total NOX conversion over a broad temperature range.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Shun Hong Long, Lianhua Tang, Guodong Yan, Ben Niu, Guanyu Zheng, Fengshuang Wang, Suying Zhang, Jianhua Zhang, Jianzhong Tao
Abstract To satisfy China IV emissions regulations, diesel truck manufacturers are striving to meet increasingly stringent Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) reduction standards. Heavy duty truck manufacturers demand compact urea SCR NOx abatement designs, which integrate injectors, NOx sensors and necessary components on SCR can in order to save packaging space and system cost. To achieve this goal, aftertreatment systems need to be engineered to achieve high conversion efficiencies, low back pressure, no urea deposit risks and good mechanical durability. Initially, a baseline Euro IV Urea SCR system is evaluated because of concerns on severe deposit formation. Systematic enhancements of the design have been performed to enable it to meet multiple performance targets, including emission reduction efficiency and low urea deposit risks via improved reagent mixing, evaporation, and distribution. Acoustic performance has been improved from the baseline system as well. The optimized system improved ammonia uniformity, eliminated urea deposits, improved NOx conversion efficiency while satisfying existing EU III installation packing space.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Hongsuk Kim, Cheon Yoon, Junho Lee, Hoyeol Lee
Abstract One of most effective NOx control technology of modern diesel engines is SCR with ammonia. Current NOx reduction systems are designed to use a solution of urea dissolved in water as a source of ammonia. However, the liquid urea systems have technical difficulties, such as a freezing point below −11°C and solid deposit formation in the exhaust temperature below 200°C. The objective of this study is to investigate the possibility of a new ammonia generation system that uses low-cost solid ammonium salt, such as solid urea and ammonium carbonate. The result shows that ammonium carbonate is more suitable than solid urea because of low decomposition temperature and no change to the other ammonium salt during the decomposition process. This paper also shows the NOx reduction capability of the new ammonia delivery system that uses ammonium carbonate.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Nic van Vuuren
Abstract The implementation of stringent nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions reduction legislation in Europe and North America is driving the introduction of new exhaust aftertreatment systems, including those that treat NOx under the high-oxygen conditions typical of lean-burn engines. One increasingly common solution, referred to as Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), comprises a catalyst that facilitates the reactions of ammonia (NH3) with the exhaust nitrogen oxides (NOx) to produce nitrogen (N2) and water (H2O). It is customary with these systems to use a liquid aqueous urea solution, typically at a 32% concentration of urea (CO(NH2)2). The solution is referred to as AUS-32, and is also known under its commercial name of AdBlue® in Europe, and DEF - Diesel Exhaust Fluid - in the USA. The urea solution is injected into the exhaust and transformed to NH3 by various mechanisms for the SCR reactions. Urea injection systems using AUS-32 are now in production and becoming a widespread mature technology on many on-road automotive and off-road vehicle applications.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Nathan Ottinger, Brandon Foley, Yuanzhou Xi, Z. Gerald Liu
Ammonia oxidation (AMOX) catalysts are critical parts of most diesel aftertreatment systems around the world. These catalysts are positioned downstream of selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalysts and remove unreacted NH3 that passes through the SCR catalyst. In many configurations, the AMOX catalyst is situated after a diesel oxidation catalyst and catalyzed diesel particulate filter that oxidize CO and hydrocarbons. However, in Euro V and proposed Tier 4 final aftertreatment architectures there is no upstream oxidation catalyst. In this study, the impact of hydrocarbons is evaluated on two different types of AMOX catalysts. One has dual washcoat layers-SCR washcoat on top of PGM washcoat-and the other has only a PGM washcoat layer. Results are presented for NH3 and hydrocarbon oxidation, NOx and N2O selectivity, and hydrocarbon storage. The AMOX findings are rationalized in terms of their impact on the individual oxidation and SCR functions. Finally, these new results are compared to recent hydrocarbon conversion measurements made on vanadium-based SCR catalysts in order to estimate the potential system-level reduction of hydrocarbons possible with a combined V-SCR+AMOX aftertreatment.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Joel Op de Beeck, Kevin Slusser, Neall Booth
Abstract Automotive SCR systems are dimensioned to reduce NOx efficiently in normal driving conditions. In markets such as North America and Europe, extreme winter conditions are common over a period of many weeks where temperatures are usually below DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) freezing temperatures at −11°C (12°F). In previous studies and applications, DEF was heated in the tank in a dedicated pot or alternatively by a standardized central heater. Due to the local character of these heating solutions, it was not possible to thaw the full tank volume. The objective of this study is to demonstrate how to significantly improve performance of the SCR system in cold weather conditions for passenger car, light commercial vehicles and SUV applications. The performance improvement is demonstrated by sustainability testing showing how much of the full tank content can be thawed and made available for injection in the exhaust system. Based on maximum average dosing rates of 250 g/h, external temperatures down to −40°C and depending on the tank shape the heater is designed to optimize tank heating performance.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Zakwan Skaf, Timur Aliyev, Leo Shead, Thomas Steffen
Abstract Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) is a leading aftertreatment technology for the removal of nitrogen oxide (NOx) from exhaust gases (DeNOx). It presents an interesting control challenge, especially at high conversion, because both reagents (NOx and ammonia) are toxic, and therefore an excess of either is highly undesirable. Numerous system layouts and control methods have been developed for SCR systems, driven by the need to meet future emission standards. This paper summarizes the current state-of-the-art control methods for the SCR aftertreatment systems, and provides a structured and comprehensive overview of the research on SCR control. The existing control techniques fall into three main categories: traditional SCR control methods, model-based SCR control methods, and advanced SCR control methods. For each category, the basic control technique is defined. Further techniques in the same category are then explained and appreciated for their relative advantages and disadvantages.
Technical Paper
2014-04-01
Joel Michelin, Frederic Guilbaud, Alain Guil, Ian Newbigging, Emmanuel Jean, Martina Reichert, Mario Balenovic, Zafar Shaikh
Abstract Future Diesel emission standards for passenger cars, light and medium duty vehicles, require the combination of a more efficient NOx reduction performance along with the opportunity to reduce the complexity and the package requirements to facilitate it. With the increasing availability of aqueous urea, DEF or AdBlue® at service stations, and improved package opportunities, the urea SCR technical solution has been demonstrated to be very efficient for NOx reduction; however the complexity in injecting and distributing the reductant remains a challenge to the industry. The traditional exhaust system contains Diesel Oxidation Catalysts (DOC), Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF) and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), all require additional heat to facilitate each of their specific functions. With some particular package scenarios the SCR catalyst maybe found after the particulate filter where elaborate light-off strategies need to be deployed to ensure activation under many different driving regimes.
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