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  1. Acoustics of automotive catalytic converter assemblies

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    Dickey, Nolan S.; Selamet, Ahmet; Parks, Steve J.; Tallio, Kevin V.; Miazgowicz, Keith D.; Radavich, Paul M.

    2003-10-01

    In an automotive exhaust system, the purpose of the catalytic converter is to reduce pollutant emissions. However, catalytic converters also affect the engine and exhaust system breathing characteristics; they increase backpressure, affect exhaust system acoustic characteristics, and contribute to exhaust manifold tuning. Thus, radiated sound models should include catalytic converters since they can affect both the source characteristics and the exhaust system acoustic behavior. A typical catalytic converter assembly employs a ceramic substrate to carry the catalytically active noble metals. The substrate has numerous parallel tubes and is mounted in a housing with swelling mat or wire mesh around its periphery. Seals at the ends of the substrate can be used to help force flow through the substrate and/or protect the mat material. Typically, catalytic converter studies only consider sound propagation in the small capillary tubes of the substrate. Investigations of the acoustic characteristics of entire catalytic converter assemblies (housing, substrate, seals, and mat) do not appear to be available. This work experimentally investigates the acoustic behavior of catalytic converter assemblies and the contributions of the separate components to sound attenuation. Experimental findings are interpreted with respect to available techniques for modeling sound propagation in ceramic substrates.

  2. Numerical and experimental characterizations of automotive catalytic converter internal flows

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    Lai, M.-C.; Lee, T.; Kim, J.-Y.; Cheng, C.-Y.; Li, P.; Chui, G.

    1992-07-01

    The three-dimensional non-reacting flow field inside a typical dual-monolith automotive catalytic converter subject to different flow and structural conditions is studied numerically and experimentally. In the numerical analysis, the monolith brick resistance is formulated by using the pressure gradient of a fully developed laminar duct-flow and is corrected for the entrance effect. This correlation is found to agree with experimental pressure drop data and is introduced as an additional source term into the governing nondimensional momentum equation within the monolith brick. Simulation results show that the level of gas flow maldistribution in the monolith depends on the inlet flow Reynolds number, the brick resistance, and the inlet pipe length and its bending angles. The flow distribution is found to be more uniform inside a monolith brick with a lower inlet flow Reynolds number, a larger brick resistance, a shorter inlet pipe, and a straight inlet pipe instead of a bent one. Point-velocity measurements using laser Doppler velocimetry and smoke-flow visualization techniques at selected flow sections are also conducted to verify the simulation results.

  3. Bioaccessibility of platinum group elements in automotive catalytic converter particulates.

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    Turner, Andrew; Price, Simon

    2008-12-15

    The bioaccessibilities of the platinum group elements (PGE): Rh, Pd, and Pt; and the catalyzator poison, Pb, have been determined in particles derived from milled automotive catalytic converters using a physiologically based extraction test (PBET) that simulates, sequentially, the chemical conditions encountered in the human stomach and intestine. PGE accessibility, relative to total metal concentration, was generally less than a few percent, but increased in the stomach with decreasing pH (from 4 to 1) and/or increasing chloride concentration, and with decreasing particle concentration. In most cases, bioaccessibility increased from the acidic stomach to the neutral, carbonate-rich intestine. Bioaccessibility of Pb displayed similar pH and particle concentration dependencies to PGE in the stomach, but this metal exhibited significantly greater mobilization (up to 80%) overall and a reduction in accessibility from the stomach to intestine. Reaction kinetics of PGE dissolution in the stomach at pH 2.5 were modeled using a combined surface reaction-diffusion controlled mechanism with rate constants of 0.068, 0.031, and 0.015 (microg L(-1))(-1) h(-1) for Rh, Pd, and Pt, respectively. For Pb, however, mobilization proceeded via a different mechanism whose time-dependence was fitted with an empirical, logarithmic equation. Overall, PGE bioaccessibility appeared to be controlled by dissolution rates of metallic nanoparticles in the stomach, and solubility and kinetic constraints on inorganic species (chlorides, hydroxychlorides, and carbanatochlorides) and undefined organic complexes formed in the simulated gastrointestinal tract. Further studies are required to elucidate any effects engendered by the long-term oral exposure of small quantities of these species. PMID:19174929

  4. Modelling of automotive catalytic converter; Modellierung von Autoabgaskatalysatoren

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    Mladenov, Nikolay

    2010-07-01

    This thesis focuses on the numerical modeling of monolithic converters coupling diverse gas-phase and porous media transport models and detailed heterogeneous reaction mechanisms. It investigates the impact of a wide spectrum of model parameters on the conversion rate of the catalysts using the CFD software package DETCHEM. The first part of the work presents a parameter study based on the fundamentals of the conventional laminar and recently developed turbulent converters. It has been found out that an optimization at every step of the catalytic process is required in order to increase the efficiency of the exhaust gas converters. Here, calculations with a single steady-state isothermal channel of cylindrical shape are carried out using the boundary layer approach. The simulated channel is coated by a porous washcoat layer containing platinum as an active component. The transport limitation within the washcoat is described by means of a reaction-diffusion model which accounts for the distribution of macro- and micro-pores in the porous media. The study shows that an optimization with respect to operating temperature, washcoat thickness, pore radius distribution and noble metal loading results in increased conversion of carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons. However, these parameters can be varied only in certain ranges of values due to limitations such as catalyst deactivation and manufacturing costs. Structured channels and perforated metal foils represent a further option to increase the efficiency of catalytic converters. The local turbulence effects within these constructions lead to intensification of the mass transport. In the current work, this intensification is taken into account by introducing an enhanced plug-flow model with amplified mass transfer coefficients. The second part of the thesis handles the thermal aging of three way catalysts (TWC). The applied simulation approach allows for qualitative prediction of the deactivation state along the catalyst

  5. Potential for recovery of cerium contained in automotive catalytic converters

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    Bleiwas, Donald I.

    2013-01-01

    Catalytic converters (CATCONs) are required by Federal law to be installed in nearly all gasoline- and diesel-fueled onroad vehicles used in the United States. About 85 percent of the light-duty vehicles and trucks manufactured worldwide are equipped with CATCONs. Portions of the CATCONs (called monoliths) are recycled for their platinum-group metal (PGM) content and for the value of the stainless steel they contain. The cerium contained in the monoliths, however, is disposed of along with the slag produced from the recycling process. Although there is some smelter capacity in the United States to treat the monoliths in order to recover the PGMs, a great percentage of monoliths is exported to Europe and South Africa for recycling, and a lesser amount is exported to Japan. There is presently no commercial-scale capacity in place domestically to recover cerium from the monoliths. Recycling of cerium or cerium compounds from the monoliths could help ensure against possible global supply shortages by increasing the amount that is available in the supply chain as well as the number and geographic distribution of the suppliers. It could also reduce the amount of material that goes into landfills. Also, the additional supply could lower the price of the commodity. This report analyzes how much cerium oxide is contained in CATCONs and how much could be recovered from used CATCONs.

  6. Ultra trace analysis and mobility of palladium emissions from automotive catalytic converters

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    Schindl, Roland

    2015-01-01

    Palladium (Pd) is emitted as particles and nanoparticles in considerable amounts from automotive catalytic converters along with the exhaust fume. In the environment Pd nanoparticles may be coated by small organic molecules or dissolve to Pd(II) species. Transformation and mobility of Pd in nature is not well understood yet and have to be investigated due to possible environmental and health risks. In the first part of this thesis a method for the determination of Pd in urban samples, suc...

  7. A non-stationary problem coupling PDEs and ODEs modelizing an automotive catalytic converter

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    Hoernel, J. -D.

    2005-01-01

    In this paper we prove the existence and uniqueness of the solution of a non-stationary problem that modelizes the behaviour of the concentrations and the temperature of gases going through a cylindrical passage of an automotive catalytic converter. This problem couples parabolic partial differential equations in a domain with one parabolic partial differential equation and some ordinary differential equations on a part of its boundary.

  8. Methods for the determination of platinum group elements originating from the abrasion of automotive catalytic converters

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    Bencs, László; Ravindra, Khaiwal; Van Grieken, René

    2003-10-01

    Anthropogenic emission of platinum group elements (PGEs) from the abrasion of automotive catalytic converters into the environment has significantly increased. However, the concentration level of these PGEs (i.e. Pd, Pt, Rh) is still very low in the nature. Accordingly, their determination and speciation in various environmental compartments appears to be a challenging task for analytical chemists. The present review gives an overview of the analytical procedures documented in this particular field of analytical chemistry with a distinctive emphasis on spectrochemical methodology, it being the most sensitive and robust for accomplishing the above analytical task.

  9. Substrate contributions to automotive catalytic converter performance. The role of channel shape on catalyst efficiency

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    Day, J.P. [Science and Technology Division, Corning Incorporated, Corning, New York (United States)

    1998-12-31

    The catalyst support plays an integral part in the performance of the automotive catalytic converter system. Although the precious metal catalyst is the primary contributor to the conversion efficiency, the substrate role is to properly distribute and support the washcoat and precious metal catalyst in order to utilize the properties of these components most fully. By optimizing the substrate properties as well as the precious metal and washcoat systems, optimum benefit from the catalyst system can be obtained. The automotive catalyst support is composed of the material and the structure. Previous papers have dealt with the materials. This paper will describe the structure of the catalyst support, specifically the channel shape, and present the structure-related heat transfer, mass transfer, and pressure drop properties for the laminar flow condition for various channel shapes. After these relationships have been established, a comparison will be made between the catalyst system performance of two of the channel shapes available commercially. 14 refs.

  10. The effect of oxygen storage capacity on the dynamic characteristics of an automotive catalytic converter

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    Shamim, Tariq [Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, MI 48128-2406 (United States)

    2008-11-15

    Automotive catalytic converters, which are employed to reduce engine exhaust emissions, are subjected to highly transient conditions during a typical driving cycle. These transient conditions arise from changes in driving mode, the hysteresis and flow lags of the feedback control system, and result in fluctuations of air-fuel ratio, exhaust gas flow rates and temperatures. The catalyst performance is also strongly influenced by the oxygen storage capacity. This paper presents a computational investigation of the effect of oxygen storage capacity on the dynamic behavior of an automotive catalytic converter subjected to modulations in exhaust gases. The modulations are generated by forcing the temporal variations in exhaust gases air-fuel ratio, gas flow rates and temperatures. The study employs a single-channel based, one-dimensional, non-adiabatic model. The results show that the imposed modulations cause a significant departure in the catalyst behavior from its steady behavior, and the oxygen storage capacity plays an important role in determining the catalyst's response to the imposed modulations. Modulations and oxygen storage capacity are found to have relatively greater influence on the catalyst's performance near stoichiometric conditions. (author)

  11. Numerical analysis of thermal and flow characteristics for an optimum design of automotive catalytic converter

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    Jeong, S.J. [Hanyang University Graduate School, Seoul (Korea); Kim, W.S. [Hanyang University, Seoul (Korea)

    1999-07-01

    In the present work, the effect of a flow maldistribution on the thermal and conversion response of a monolith catalytic converter is investigated. To achieve this goal, a combined chemical reaction and multi-dimensional fluid dynamic mathematical model has been developed. The present results show that flow uniformity within the monolith brick has a great impact on light-off performance of the catalytic converter. In the case of lower flow uniformity, large portions of the monolith remain cold due to locally concentrated high velocities and CO, HC are unconverted during warm-up period, which leads to retardation of light-off. It has been also found that the heat-up pattern of the monolith is similar to the flow distribution profile, in the early stage of the reaction. It may be concluded that flow maldistribution can cause a significant retardation of the light-off and hence can eventually worsen the conversion efficiency of automotive catalytic converter. (author). 31 refs., 11 figs., 2 tabs.

  12. The effect of oxygen storage capacity on the dynamic characteristics of an automotive catalytic converter

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    Shamim, T. [Michigan-Dearborn Univ., Dearborn, MI (United states). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

    2007-07-01

    Automotive catalytic converters that reduce engine exhaust emissions are subject to transient conditions during a typical driving cycle. These conditions arise from changes in driving mode, the hysteresis and flow lags of the feedback control system, and result in fluctuations of air-fuel, exhaust gas flow rates and temperatures. The catalyst performance is also highly influenced by the oxygen storage capacity (OSC). This paper examined the influence of OSC on the catalyst dynamic behavior. The transient conditions were simulated by considering the catalyst subjected to temporal modulation in air-fuel ratio, exhaust gas composition and temperature. The paper presented the mathematical formulation including the development of governing equations. The governing equations were developed by considering the conservation of mass, energy and chemical species. It also presented the results and discussed the effect of sinusoidal modulation in the air-fuel ratio as well as the effect of sinusoidal modulation in exhaust composition. It was concluded that the presence of the OSC sensitivity influenced its response to the imposed modulation. The specific effect was dependent on the operating conditions and the type of the imposed modulations. 10 refs., 1 tab., 3 figs.

  13. Review of study on automotive catalytic converter%汽车催化转化器研究概述

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    王亚军; 冯长根; 王丽琼; 郭新亚

    2001-01-01

    综述了近30 年来国内外在汽车催化转化器方面的研究概况,包括化学反应动力学、传热传质、气体流动、催化器暂态行为、失效、模型、设计、快速起燃和低排放技术等。%The studies on automotive catalytic converter,including reaction kinetics,heat and mass transfer,gas distribution,transient behavior,deactivation,modeling,design,fast light-off and low emission techniques,were reviewed.

  14. Research on Integration of an Automotive Exhaust-Based Thermoelectric Generator and a Three-Way Catalytic Converter

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    Deng, Y. D.; Chen, Y. L.; Chen, S.; Xianyu, W. D.; Su, C. Q.

    2015-06-01

    A key research topic related to thermoelectric generators (TEGs) for automotive applications is to improve their compatibility with the original vehicle exhaust system, which determines the quality of the exhaust gas treatment and the realization of energy conservation and emission reduction. A new TEG integrated with a three-way catalytic converter (CTEG) by reshaping the converter as the heat exchanger is proposed. A heat-flux coupling simulation model of the integrated TEG is established at the light-off stage of the original three-way catalytic converter (TWC). Temperature distribution maps of the integrated heat exchanger, thermoelectric modules, and cooling-water tank are obtained to present the process of energy flow among the parts of the CTEG. Based on the simulation results, the output power of the CTEG is calculated by a mathematical model. A minimum output power of 31.93 W can be obtained by conversion when the TWC starts working at steady conditions. Theoretically, this case study demonstrates the great potential for use of CTEGs in vehicles.

  15. Evaluation of four sample treatments for determination of platinum in automotive catalytic converters by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry

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    Conventional and microwave assisted digestion, both using aqua regia, alkaline fusion with lithium metaborate and aqueous slurries were evaluated as sample treatments for determination of Pt in automotive catalytic converters by Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (GF-AAS). Determination of platinum by GF-AAS in samples of the catalytic converter's substrates, prepared by the four methods described, indicates that the highest platinum concentration i.e. maximum Pt extraction in the range of 748 ± 15-998 ± 10 μg mL-1, is obtained for samples dissolved by alkaline fusion, closely followed by analysis of aqueous plus Triton X-100 slurries 708 ± 14-958 ± 10 μg mL-1, while neither one of the acid digestion procedures achieved total dissolution of the samples. Slurry analysis is thus shown to be a viable alternative and is recommended, based on its speed and ease of implementation. Aqueous standards calibration curves and the standard addition methods were also compared. The results showed that no appreciable matrix effects are present, regardless of the sample preparation procedure used. Precision of the measurements, expressed as percentage relative standard deviation, ranged between 2.5 to 4.9%. Accuracy of the results was assessed by recovery tests which rendered values between 98.9 and 100.9%

  16. Evaluation of four sample treatments for determination of platinum in automotive catalytic converters by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry

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    Puig, Ana I.; Alvarado, José I.

    2006-09-01

    Conventional and microwave assisted digestion, both using aqua regia, alkaline fusion with lithium metaborate and aqueous slurries were evaluated as sample treatments for determination of Pt in automotive catalytic converters by Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (GF-AAS). Determination of platinum by GF-AAS in samples of the catalytic converter's substrates, prepared by the four methods described, indicates that the highest platinum concentration i.e. maximum Pt extraction in the range of 748 ± 15-998 ± 10 μg mL - 1 , is obtained for samples dissolved by alkaline fusion, closely followed by analysis of aqueous plus Triton X-100 slurries 708 ± 14-958 ± 10 μg mL - 1 , while neither one of the acid digestion procedures achieved total dissolution of the samples. Slurry analysis is thus shown to be a viable alternative and is recommended, based on its speed and ease of implementation. Aqueous standards calibration curves and the standard addition methods were also compared. The results showed that no appreciable matrix effects are present, regardless of the sample preparation procedure used. Precision of the measurements, expressed as percentage relative standard deviation, ranged between 2.5 to 4.9%. Accuracy of the results was assessed by recovery tests which rendered values between 98.9 and 100.9%.

  17. 车用催化转化器的压力损失%Pressure losses in automotive catalytic converters

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    帅石金; 王建昕; 庄人隽

    2001-01-01

    Catalytic converters in the exhaust system increase the engine'sexhaust back pressure, thus penalizing the vehicle's fuel economy and power output. The sensitivity of the main factors affecting the pressure losses in automotive catalytic converters was investigated based on a theoretical analysis of the logarithm derivative. A computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code was used to simulate the flow in the catalytic converters to study the effects of structures and configurations of the diffusion and contraction headers on the pressure losses. Theoretical results show that the converter pressure losses mainly result from the monolith resistance and diffusion header losses. Of the physical monolith parameters, the channel diameter has the largest impact on the monolith resistance. The inlet cone angle, inlet diffusion header configuration and outlet cone angle also contribute to the pressure losses.%在汽车排气系统上安装催化转化器会造成较大的排气背压,对发动机的动力性和经济性带来负面影响。在分析催化转化器压力损失来源的基础上,采用对数求导方法对影响压力损失的主要因素进行了敏感性研究,并用计算流体力学(CFD)软件研究了催化转化器扩张管和收缩管的形状结构对其压力损失的影响。研究表明:载体的沿程阻力和扩张管的局部阻力是构成催化转化器压力损失的主要来源;载体的直径对载体的沿程阻力影响最大;入口扩张角、扩张管形状及收缩角对催化转化器的压力损失有较大影响。

  18. Fault detection and maintenance of automotive three way catalytic converter%汽车三元催化器故障的检测和维护

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    袁日胜; 刘培君

    2011-01-01

    The automotive three way catalytic converter structure, purification principle, fault causes and detection method, the routine notice,etc, are introduced for reference of auto repair personnel.%探讨三元催化器减少汽车尾气的方法,着重介绍了三元催化器的结构、净化原理、产生故障原因及检测方法、日常使用注意事项等内容,供汽车维修人员参考。

  19. INTEGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF NATIONAL AUTOMOTIVE CATALYTIC CONVERTER%TJ7131U轿车国产催化转化器系统的集成与开发

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    王务林; 赵航; 张春龙; 周荣; 齐欣

    2001-01-01

    Now automotive catalytic converters in China mainly rely on imports because the converter made in our country has still many problems such as matching. A kind of catalytic converter for TJ7131 is developed. The catalytic converter system performance and reliability are evaluated. It is shown that this kind of catalytic converter system has perfect purging and matching performance, and bears reliability of 50 000 km; meanwhile shows that the exhaust emission of the TJ7131 installed the catalytic converter can reach ECE R Ⅱ emission standard and the synthesis characteristic of the catalytic converter is prior to the importing one.%针对TJ71731型轿车,系统集成开发出国产催化转化器,并对所开发的催化转化器系统进行了较为系统的性能与可靠性评价。研究结果表明所开发的催化转化器系统对TJ7131型轿车具有很好的净化性能、其与整车匹配性能良好并已经具有5万km的可靠性寿命;安装该催化转化器的夏利轿车排放达到了欧洲2号法规,其综合性能优于国外进口产品。

  20. Heated catalytic converter

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    1994-09-01

    This article describes how the use of an auxiliary burner to heat the converter promptly can provide substantially decreased emission levels. While, in principle, there may well be solutions to decreasing warm-up phase hydrocarbon emissions, their production-level implementation is hindered by conflicting requirements, insufficiently mature technologies, and significant technical and financial restraints. The US, California, and the European Community are tightening emission standards for the transitional-low-, low-, and ultra-low-emission vehicles throughout the coming decade. The lead figure shows the fundamental possibilities for reducing harmful substances in exhaust emissions. While one can distinguish between measures taken within the engine (internal), and others outside it (external), it currently seems that only a combination of both will provide a suitable overall concept.

  1. Combined catalytic converter and afterburner

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    Ma, T.T.-H.

    1994-11-30

    This patent describes the combined use of a catalytic converter and afterburner. An afterburner chamber and a catalyst matrix are disposed in series within a casing. A combustible premixed charge is ignited in the afterburner chamber before it enters the catalyst matrix. This invention overcomes the problem encountered in previous designs of some of the premixed charge passing unreacted through the device unless a very long afterburner chamber is used. (UK)

  2. Reducing catalytic converter pressure loss

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    1996-06-01

    This article examines why approximately 30--40% of total exhaust-system pressure loss occurs in the catalytic converter and what can be done to reduce pressure loss. High exhaust-system backpressure is of concern in the design of power trains for passenger cars and trucks because it penalizes fuel economy and limits peak power. Pressure losses occur due to fluid shear and turning during turbulent flow in the converter headers and in entry separation and developing laminar-flow boundary layers within the substrate flow passages. Some of the loss mechanisms are coupled. For example, losses in the inlet header are influenced by the presence of the flow resistance of a downstream substrate. Conversely, the flow maldistribution and pressure loss of the substrate(s) depend on the design of the inlet header.

  3. Experimental and Theoretical Study on the Flow Resistance of Automotive Catalytic Converters%车用催化器流动阻力的试验与理论研究

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    帅石金; 王建昕; 庄人隽; 陈峻锐

    2001-01-01

    在稳流试验台上利用U型管测量了不同结构催化器的压力损失,并进行了理论分析。研究表明,在小角度范围内,扩张角越大,压力损失也越大;但当锥角超过一定值之后,锥角越大,压力损失反而略有下降;在相同的扩张管长度下,斜扩张管催化器的压力损失大于直扩张管催化器的压力损失;载体位于催化器中部较顶部和底部压力损失大。%The flow resistance of automotive catalytic converter has asignificant effect on the performance of catalysts and engines. In this paper, the pressure losses of catalytic converters with various configurations have been measured by a piezometer on a steady flow rig and analyzed in theory. It can be concluded that pressure loss generally increases as cone angle of the diffuser enlarges, but has a reverse relation as the angle exceeds 60°. The declined diffuser has a larger flow resistance than conventional conical diffusers under the same length. The pressure loss of the substrate located in the middle pipe is bigger than that in the top and bottom.

  4. Estimating the temperature of a catalytic converter

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    Ma, T.T.-H.

    1994-11-02

    A method is described for estimating the temperature in a catalytic converter used in the exhaust system of an internal combustion engine. Pressure sensors monitor the flow resistance across the catalytic converter to provide an indication of the temperature inside. This feedback system allows heating devices to be switched off and thus avoid overheating, while maintaining the catalytic converter's efficiency by assuring that it does not operate below its light off temperature. (UK)

  5. Estimating the temperature of a catalytic converter

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    Ma, T.T.-H.

    1994-11-02

    A method of estimating the temperature of a catalytic converter used in the exhaust system of an internal combustion engine is described. Heated exhaust gas oxygen (HEGO) sensors are placed upstream and downstream of the catalytic converter. The temperature of the catalytic converter shortly after start-up is measured by monitoring the resistance of the HEGO sensor's heating element. The downstream sensor is used for mixture control and to double check results of the upstream sensor. (UK)

  6. Catalytic converter with thermoelectric generator

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    Parise, R.J.

    1998-07-01

    The unique design of an electrically heated catalyst (EHC) and the inclusion of an ECO valve in the exhaust of an internal combustion engine will meet the strict new emission requirements, especially at vehicle cold start, adopted by several states in this country as well as in Europe and Japan. The catalytic converter (CC) has been a most useful tool in pollution abatement for the automobile. But the emission requirements are becoming more stringent and, along with other improvements, the CC must be improved to meet these new standards. Coupled with the ECO valve, the EHC can meet these new emission limits. In an internal combustion engine vehicle (ICEV), approximately 80% of the energy consumed leaves the vehicle as waste heat: out the tail pipe, through the radiator, or convected/radiated off the engine. Included with the waste heat out the tail pipe are the products of combustion which must meet strict emission requirements. The design of a new CC is presented here. This is an automobile CC that has the capability of producing electrical power and reducing the quantity of emissions at vehicle cold start, the Thermoelectric Catalytic Power Generator. The CC utilizes the energy of the exothermic reactions that take place in the catalysis substrate to produce electrical energy with a thermoelectric generator. On vehicle cold start, the thermoelectric generator is used as a heat pump to heat the catalyst substrate to reduce the time to catalyst light-off. Thus an electrically heated catalyst (EHC) will be used to augment the abatement of tail pipe emissions. Included with the EHC in the exhaust stream of the automobile is the ECO valve. This valve restricts the flow of pollutants out the tail pipe of the vehicle for a specified amount of time until the EHC comes up to operating temperature. Then the ECO valve opens and allows the full exhaust, now treated by the EHC, to leave the vehicle.

  7. Vacuum-insulated catalytic converter

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    Benson, David K. (Golden, CO)

    2001-01-01

    A catalytic converter has an inner canister that contains catalyst-coated substrates and an outer canister that encloses an annular, variable vacuum insulation chamber surrounding the inner canister. An annular tank containing phase-change material for heat storage and release is positioned in the variable vacuum insulation chamber a distance spaced part from the inner canister. A reversible hydrogen getter in the variable vacuum insulation chamber, preferably on a surface of the heat storage tank, releases hydrogen into the variable vacuum insulation chamber to conduct heat when the phase-change material is hot and absorbs the hydrogen to limit heat transfer to radiation when the phase-change material is cool. A porous zeolite trap in the inner canister absorbs and retains hydrocarbons from the exhaust gases when the catalyst-coated substrates and zeolite trap are cold and releases the hydrocarbons for reaction on the catalyst-coated substrate when the zeolite trap and catalyst-coated substrate get hot.

  8. A comparison of benzene, toluene and C{sub 2}-benzenes mixing ratios in automotive exhaust and in the suburban atmosphere during the introduction of catalytic converter technology to the Swiss Car Fleet

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    Heeb, N.V.; Forss, A.-M.; Bach, C.; Reimann, S.; Herzog, A.; Jackle, H.W. [Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research, Duebendorf (Switzerland)

    2000-07-01

    Time-resolved chemical ionization mass spectrometry (CIMS) has been used to investigate the variations of the mixing ratios of benzene, toluene and the C{sub 2}-benzenes (xylenes and ethyl benzene) in automotive exhaust during transient engine operation. A significant increase of the benzene/toluene ratios from 0.35 to 1.31 (median) was found upon introduction of a catalytic converter system. A preliminary emission model was developed from these test stand measurements to simulate benzene/toluene ratios of passenger car fleets with variable proportions of three-way catalyst vehicles. Although only the emissions of gasoline-driven passenger cars have been considered so far, the predicted increase of the benzene/toluene ratios during the introduction period of the three-way catalyst from 1980 to 2000 is in good agreement with the observed increase of the atmospheric benzene/toluene ratio measured at a suburban monitoring site (Dubendorf, Switzerland) which is strongly influenced by road traffic emissions. At this site, the atmospheric concentrations of benzene and alkyl benzenes have been detected at hourly intervals since 1993. A steady decrease of the yearly mean from 3.54 to 2.00 ppb for toluene and from 2.87 to 1.33 ppb for the sum of C{sub 2}-benzenes was found from 1994 to 1998, respectively, when the proportion of three-way catalyst passenger cars increased from 60 to 82%. Nevertheless, the mean benzene concentration was only affected to a small degree (from 1.10 to 0.97 ppb) within the same period of time. Thus, the observed increase of the atmospheric benzene/toluene-mixing ratios from 0.32 to 0.58 (mean) is in good agreement with the predicted values from the presented emission model. Reduced catalyst conversion efficiency for benzene with respect to alkylated benzenes can explain most of the observed increase of the benzene/toluene and benzene/C{sub 2}-benzenes mixing rations. In addition, benzene emissions e.g. from the class of light duty vehicles, which

  9. Discussion of risks of platinum resources based on a function orientated criticality assessment. Shown by cytostatic drugs and automotive catalytic converters; Diskussion der Risiken der Ressource Platin auf Basis eines um funktionale Faktoren erweiterten Kritikalitaetsassessments. Dargestellt am Beispiel platinhaltiger Zytostatika und Autoabgaskatalysatoren

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    Thorenz, Andrea; Reller, Armin [University of Augsburg, Chair of Resource Strategy, Environment Science Center, Augsburg (Germany)

    2011-12-15

    The purpose of the study is the enhancement of criticality assessments for resources in order to address function specific factors like dissipation, recycling, bio-activity and toxicity. The developed methodology is applied to platinum-containing cytostatic drugs and automotive catalytic converters. Methods: The study is methodically based on an analysis of resource specific factors like exploration rates, reserves-to-production ratio and regional distribution of exploration areas as well as on the investigation of product/functional depending factors like recycling rates, dissipation rates, bio-diversity and toxicity. Taking into account that economic and ecological risks may occur at any stage of the supply, consumption and dissipation processes, the whole life cycles of the two analyzed products (cytostatic drugs and automotive catalytic converters) are considered. As an approach to reduce potential economic and ecological risks the study is especially focused on recycling strategies. In order to get a better understanding of platinum as an essential resource for the development of our society the history and the cultural impact of the term ''resource'' are introduced. The availability of platinum is crucial for several products of our modern society. Areas of application are e.g. jewellery, automotive catalytic converters, investments (coins, bars), computers, mobile devices, fertilizers and cytostatic drugs. Economic risks are caused by limited sources and dynamic demand of new application areas like fuel cells and drugs. Platinum-containing drugs are used for the treatment of several kinds of cancer such as testicular, breast, colon and prostate. Currently the pharmaceutical industry requires 6,9 tons per year (3 percent of the total demand of platinum). Due to the improvement of medical standards and the ageing society, especially in developing countries, the demand of platinum-containing drugs will rise significantly. The dissipation of

  10. Catalytic Converters Maintain Air Quality in Mines

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    2014-01-01

    At Langley Research Center, engineers developed a tin-oxide based washcoat to prevent oxygen buildup in carbon dioxide lasers used to detect wind shears. Airflow Catalyst Systems Inc. of Rochester, New York, licensed the technology and then adapted the washcoat for use as a catalytic converter to treat the exhaust from diesel mining equipment.

  11. The use of Phoenics in the design of catalytic converters

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    Luoma, M. [Kemira Metalkat Oy, Oulu (Finland); Smith, A.G. [S and C Thermofluids Ltd, Bath (United Kingdom)

    1996-12-31

    Manufacturers of automotive catalytic converters are constrained to design a system which is mechanically reliable, puts low back pressure on the engine, has adequate conversion performance, is low cost and of minimum size. In recent years, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) has been widely examined as a means of predicting the performance of catalytic converters to aid with the design process. Kemira Metalkat and S and C Thermofluids have put together and developed a number of existing CFD techniques in order to create a tool which is integrated within the design process. PHOENICS is used in the heart of the system in order to produce predictions of transient (light-off) and steady state catalyst performance. Grid generation tools have been provided to allow simplified and rapid geometry definition with suitable integration (via FEMGEN) within other parts of the catalyst design process. Simplified input techniques have been provided along with associated translators to create specification of the model for PHOENICS. Post-processing software has been provided through FEMVIEW to allow visualisation of catalyst monolith variables and transient performance animation. The whole system is controlled via a menu. The system have been use to study the effects of the catalyst design parameters on the converter performance. The results obtained using the system have so far been more qualitative than quantitative. However, validation studies have been carried out to check pressure drop prediction. A new model for the pressure drop over a metallic monolith has been developed. (author)

  12. Effects of cavitation on performance of automotive torque converter

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    Jaewon Ju

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Cavitation is a phenomenon whereby vapor bubbles of a flowing liquid are formed in a local region where the pressure of the liquid is below its vapor pressure. It is well known that cavitation in torque converters occurs frequently when a car with an automatic transmission makes an abrupt start. Cavitation is closely related to a performance drop and noise generation at a specific operating condition in a car and a torque converter itself. This study addressed the relation between cavitation and performance in an automotive torque converter in a quantitative and qualitative manner using numerical simulations. The cavitation was calculated at various operating conditions using a commercial flow solver with the homogeneous cavitation model, and the torque converter performance was compared with the experimental data. Numerical results well match to the data and indicate that the cavitation causes significant performance drop, as the pump speed increases or both speed ratio and reference pressure decrease.

  13. Time domain computational modeling of viscothermal acoustic propagation in catalytic converter substrates with porous walls

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    Dickey, N. S.; Selamet, A.; Miazgowicz, K. D.; Tallio, K. V.; Parks, S. J.

    2005-08-01

    Models for viscothermal effects in catalytic converter substrates are developed for time domain computational methods. The models are suitable for use in one-dimensional approaches for the prediction of exhaust system performance (engine tuning characteristics) and radiated sound levels. Starting with the ``low reduced frequency'' equations for viscothermal acoustic propagation in capillary tubes, time domain submodels are developed for the frequency-dependent wall friction, frequency-dependent wall heat transfer, and porous wall effects exhibited by catalytic converter substrates. Results from a time domain computational approach employing these submodels are compared to available analytical solutions for the low reduced frequency equations. The computational results are shown to agree well with the analytical solutions for capillary geometries representative of automotive catalytic converter substrates.

  14. Stable solutions for a catalytic converter

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    Byrne, H.; Norbury, J. (Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom). Mathematical Inst.)

    1994-06-01

    A coupled system of partial differential equations that describes the evolution of solid and gas temperatures and gas concentration inside a catalytic converter is derived and examined. The use of a reaction term, which is a discontinuous function of the solid temperature and gas concentration, implies that two types of nontrivial solutions may occur. These are characterized by the manner in which the reaction switches off: either the solid temperature becomes too low (U-solutions) or the gaseous concentration is exhausted (G-solutions). This reaction term differs from the usual combustion term because the reaction is modeled as two-stage, with the large activation-energy limit then justifying the step-function approach adopted. First, steady solutions for which the gas and solid are in thermal equilibrium are studied, and a constraint relating the system's parameters is derived as a necessary condition for the existence of such solutions. Explicit solutions are presented for a particular class of reaction rates, with a linear stability analysis of one case indicating that G-solutions are stable while U-solutions are not. Steady solutions for which the solid and gas are no longer in thermal equilibrium are then considered. For a particular asymptotic limit (and choice of the reaction term), the construction of asymptotic power series expansions shows that the gas temperature exceeds the solid temperature at all points inside the converter. The analysis indicates that separate treatment of the solid and gaseous temperatures has no effect on the qualitative nature of the steady solutions, that is, their existence, stability, and parameter dependence.

  15. Modeling and Model-Based Control of a Three-Way Catalytic Converter

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    Balenovic, M.

    2002-03-25

    The subject of the research presented in this thesis was the development of new control strategies for automotive three-way catalytic converters in order to fulfill future ultra-low exhaust emission standards. The goal was to develop a model-based control strategy that can reduce the emissions under highly dynamic operation of the process, i.e.city driving. Also a possible improvement of the catalyst light-off (reduction of the temperature needed for the converter to become operational) has been studied. The main contribution of the thesis is the development of a model-based controller on the basis of information extracted from the first principle modeling of the converter. The three main parts of the research were: development of the rigorous first principle model of the catalytic converter; development of the control-oriented model of the catalytic converter and connecting it with the engine model; development and testing of the novel model-based controller by both simulations and experiments.

  16. Advanced catalytic converter system for natural gas powered diesel engines

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    Strots, V.O.; Bunimovich, G.A.; Matros, Y.S. [Matros Technologies Inc., Chesterfield, Missouri (United States); Zheng, M.; Mirosh, E.A. [Alternative Fuel Systems Inc., Calgary, Alberta (Canada)

    1998-12-31

    The paper discusses the development of catalytic converter for aftertreatment of exhaust gas from diesel engines powered with natural gas. The converter, operated with periodical reversals of the flow, ensures destruction of CO and hydrocarbons, including methane. Both computer simulation and engine testing results are presented. 8 refs.

  17. Catalytic converter design and materials. (Bibliography from the global mobility database). Published Search

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    1996-03-01

    The bibliography contains citations concerning the various designs, configurations, and materials used in catalytic converters to diminish emissions from automotive, truck, diesel, and off-highway vehicles. Citations examine designs using internal flows and diffuser-monolith flows; the effects of flow maldistribution and steady state heat transfer; and materials, including platinum-palladium, urea-SCR, and copper-zeolite. Light-off and three-way catalysts and those designed for natural gas are emphasized. References also cite air/fuel tests, Taguchi techniques, and European and American standards affecting design and materials. (Contains 50-250 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.) (Copyright NERAC, Inc. 1995)

  18. Catalytic converter design and materials. (Bibliography from the Global Mobility database). Published Search

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    1994-12-01

    The bibliography contains citations concerning the various designs, configurations, and materials used in catalytic converters to diminish emissions from automotive, truck, diesel, and off-highway vehicles. Citations examine designs using internal flows and diffuser-monolith flows; the effects of flow maldistribution and steady state heat transfer; and materials, including platinum-palladium, urea-SCR, and copper-zeolite. Light-off and three-way catalysts and those designed for natural gas are emphasized. References also cite air/fuel tests, Taguchi techniques, and European and American standards affecting design and materials. (Contains a minimum of 222 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.)

  19. Catalytic converter design and materials. (Bibliography from the Global Mobility database). Published Search

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    1997-06-01

    The bibliography contains citations concerning the various designs, configurations, and materials used in catalytic converters to diminish emissions from automotive, truck, diesel, and off-highway vehicles. Citations examine designs using internal flows and diffuser-monolith flows; the effects of flow maldistribution and steady state heat transfer; and materials, including platinum-palladium, urea-SCR, and copper-zeolite. Light-off and three-way catalysts and those designed for natural gas are emphasized. References also cite air/fuel tests, Taguchi techniques, and European and American standards affecting design and materials. (Contains 50-250 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.) (Copyright NERAC, Inc. 1995)

  20. Catalytic converter design and materials. (A bibliography from the Global Mobility database). Published Search

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    1993-12-01

    The bibliography contains citations concerning the various designs, configurations, and materials used in catalytic converters to diminish emissions from automotive, truck, diesel, and off-highway vehicles. Citations examine designs using internal flows and diffuser-monolith flows; the effects of flow maldistribution and steady state heat transfer; and materials, including platinum-palladium, urea-SCR, and copper-zeolite. Light-off and three-way catalysts and those designed for natural gas are emphasized. References also cite air/fuel tests, Taguchi techniques, and European and American standards affecting design and materials. (Contains a minimum of 220 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.)

  1. Flow Field Measurement in Catalytic Converter Comparison with Computational Fluid Dynamics Analyses

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    Yoo, Seoungchool; Jang, Sungkuk [Halla Univ., Wonju (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-03-15

    The efficiency of a catalytic converter depends on the flow distribution across a system's chemically active substrate. If irregularities or non-uniform flow patterns exist, the system's conversion efficiency decreases, whereas the manufacturing cost increases. Therefore, it is important to analyze the internal flow of a catalytic converter. In this study, flow pattern measurements along the minor axis were recorded at the mid and exit planes of a ceramic honeycomb catalytic converter at flow rates of 37.8 ι/s and 94.4 ι/s. Flow distributions of the measurement plans were compared with an automotive company's computed velocity profiles. Measurements along the minor axis showed uneven velocity profiles. The υ-velocity components between the honeycomb bricks were small but somewhat erratic opposite the intake side of the converter, however, they became flatter in measurements recorded near the intake entrance. For almost all velocity values, the computer model suggested velocities greater than the measured values.

  2. Automobile air pollution: control equipment--catalytic converters. Volume 2. 1977-January, 1980 (citations from the Engineering Index Data Base). Report for 1977-Jan 80

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    Cavagnaro, D.M.

    1980-02-01

    The citations of worldwide engineering literature cover automotive catalytic converters. Included are such topics as converter design and materials, performance tests, effectiveness in pollutant reduction, catalyst poisoning, catalyst selection, chemistry involved in the emission control, and the overall feasibility of using these converters under normal driving conditions. Control of sulfuric acid and sulfate emissions is also discussed. (This updated bibliography contains 142 abstracts, 37 of which are new entries to the previous edition.)

  3. Temperature control of a catalytic converter

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    Ma, T.T.-H.

    1994-06-08

    In an ic engine having a catalytic convertor, the catalyst heater is controlled in dependence upon an estimate of the temperature of the catalyst so that there is no need for a sensor in the hostile environment of the exhaust. A valve indicative of the catalyst temperature is stored and modified in accordance with a model of the catalyst temperature. The model can be a mathematical mood carried out by a signal processor or an electrical model with the catalyst temperature being represented by the charge stored on a capacitor. (Author)

  4. Catalytic converter for next generation turbine engines

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    Saruhan, B.; Schulz, U.; Leyens, C. [German Aerospace Center (DLR), Inst. of Materials Research, Cologne (Germany)

    2004-07-01

    EB-PVD thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) are used on advanced turbine blades to increase the engine efficiency and improve the blade performance. partially yttria stabilized zirconia (PYSZ) is the standard material for current TBC applications. Lower thermal stability of the PYSZ-based TBCs, however, seriously affects the performance at demanding service temperatures. For the new generation turbines where higher operating gas temperatures (> 1200 C) are to expect, the performance of turbine blades can be improved by replacing the state-art-of-material PYSZ with superior thermal barrier coatings which belong to different crystal structures such as magnetoplumbite. Magnetoplumbite structure through its interlocking grain morphology and unique crystal structure provides essentially a sintering resistant, low thermal conductive layer, but also imparts a catalytic layer to reduce the environmentally harmful substances produced during propulsion and increase the catalytic performance. The complex structures of these compounds make it difficult to realize by conventional methods and requires careful adjustment of process parameters. The morphology and crystallographic aspects of these coatings as well as the mechanisms controlling the improvement are highlighted. (orig.)

  5. A simplified thermal model for the three way catalytic converter

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    Pandey, Varun; JEANNERET, Bruno; GILLET, Sylvain; KEROMNES, Alan; Le Moyne, Luis

    2016-01-01

    A semi empirical model based on thermodynamic behaviour of a three way catalytic converter has been proposed to predict temperature evolution of the converter during the cold start. The model is based on energy and mass balance in the TWC considered as control volume. Parameters of the heat equations are identified separately using a step by step approach. Thermocouples have been inserted along the monolith canals to measure the axial evolution of temperature. Experiments on the engine test b...

  6. Novel catalytic converter for natural gas powered diesel engines to meet stringent exhaust emission regulations

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    Zheng, M.; Mirosh, E.A. [Alternative Fuel Systems Inc. (Canada); Matros, Yu.S.; Bunimovich, G.A.; Strots, V.O. [Matros Technologies Inc. (United States); Sallamie, N.; Checkel, M.D. [Alberta Univ. (Canada); Windawi, H. [Johnson Matthey (United States)

    1998-12-31

    The implementation of stringent exhaust emission regulations has led to the development of natural gas powered dual fuel systems with electronic multiport injection. The high compression ratio of the baseline diesel engine was maintained to keep the high thermal efficiency of diesel cycles. The dual fuel system is mainly powered by natural gas and ignited by a diesel pilot. Extensive experimental results indicate that the diesel dual fuel system provides simultaneous reductions in NO{sub x} and particulate emissions. The system also has low exhaust THC and CO under heavy-duty operations. With the combined use of exhaust gas recirculation and catalytic converter, low emission operation has been extended to a larger range, from medium to full loads for all testing speeds. However, conventional converters exhibit poor conversion efficiency at low engine loads due to the low exhaust temperature levels. This leads to increased exhaust emissions during low load operations, especially for the non-reactive hydrocarbons, specifically, methane. To solve this problem, a novel automotive exhaust gas aftertreatment system - the reversing flow catalytic converter - has been developed. The prototype Reversing Flow Converter (RFC) consists of a diversion flow valve and a catalytic monolith converter. The diversion valve periodically re-directs the engine exhaust flow through the catalyst in alternative directions. The duration of flow in each direction is determined by engine operating conditions to obtain an ideal temperature profile along the axis of the monolith. The catalytic converter was designed to have high methane conversion efficiency. Associated techniques, such as retarding fuel injection, exhaust gas recirculation, and the variation of diesel pilot to natural gas ratio, can be used to raise exhaust temperature and bring the catalytic converter to light-off temperatures quicker. Engine dynamometer tests showed that CO conversion rate was above 95% and CH{sub 4

  7. Systems Approach for Designing Cordierite Ceramic Converters for Automotive Emissions Control

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    2002-01-01

    The successful application of porous cordierite ceramic monolithic converters for automotive emissions control over the past 24 years in North America has been attributed to systems approach for optimizing the total converter package from reliability point of view. The systems approach examines the interaction between various components of monolithic converter package, namely the cordierite substrate, the alumina washcoat, the braided wire-rope end seals, the intumescent ceramic mat or steel wiremesh, and the stainless steel can, from long-term durability point of view. Such an approach has also proven successful in the Japanese, European, Korean and South American automotive industries. The key objectives of this paper are: i) to describe Corning′s methodology for assessing the impact of alumina washcoat on mechanical and thermal integrities of cordierite converter; ii) to examine the impact of mount density of ceramic mat or steel wiremesh on containment of cordierite converter against engine vibrations, gas pulsations and thermal gradients, and; iii) to analyze the impact of can design on strength and thermal shock resistance of cordierite converter. The above objectives will be illustrated by several examples of successful converter design for automobiles. This paper also addresses the Chinese automotive converter requirements and how they might be met via systems approach.

  8. A Three-Phase Bidirectional DC-DC Converter for Automotive Applications

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    Su, Gui-Jia [ORNL; Tang, Lixin [ORNL

    2008-01-01

    This paper presents a three-phase soft-switching, bidirectional dc-dc converter for high-power automotive applications. The converter employs dual three-phase active bridges and operates with a novel asymmetrical but fixed duty cycle for the top and bottom switches of each phase leg. Simulation and experimental data on a 6-kW prototype are included to verify the novel operating and power flow control principles.

  9. Removal of platinum group metals from the used auto catalytic converter

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    A. Fornalczyk

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Recycling of platinum group metals from the used auto catalytic converters is profitable from ecological and also economical point of view. This work presents the analysis of the chances of removing the platinum group metals (PGM from the used auto catalytic converters applying pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical methods. The characteristics of auto catalytic converter is shown as well the available technologies used for processing the auto catalytic converters are also presented.

  10. Life Cycle Analysis of a Ceramic Three-Way Catalytic Converter

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    Belcastro, Elizabeth Lynn

    2012-01-01

    The life cycle analysis compares the environmental impacts of catalytic converters and the effects of not using these devices. To environmentally evaluate the catalytic converter, the emissions during extraction, processing, use of the product are considered. All relevant materials and energy supplies are evaluated for the catalytic converter. The goal of this life cycle is to compare the pollutants of a car with and without a catalytic converter. Pollutants examined are carbon monoxide (...

  11. Removal of platinum group metals from the used auto catalytic converter

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    A. Fornalczyk; M. Saternus

    2009-01-01

    Recycling of platinum group metals from the used auto catalytic converters is profitable from ecological and also economical point of view. This work presents the analysis of the chances of removing the platinum group metals (PGM) from the used auto catalytic converters applying pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical methods. The characteristics of auto catalytic converter is shown as well the available technologies used for processing the auto catalytic converters are also presented.

  12. Catalytic converter modeling for optimal gasoline-HEV energy management

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    Michel, Pierre; Charlet, Alain; Colin, Guillaume; Chamaillard, Yann; Bloch, Gérard; Nouillant, Cédric

    2014-01-01

    International audience A simple multi-0D model of a 3-Way Catalytic Converter (3WCC) is built from physical equations, integrating the temperature dynamics and a pollutant emission conversion map. The validated model involves complexity and performances suitable to be integrated in a high fidelity powertrain model of a gasoline-Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV). Next, a pollutant constrained optimal energy management is derived from the Pontryagin Minimum Principle. The approach allows the joi...

  13. Preparation and Use of a Room-Temperature Catalytic Converter

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    Wong, Gareth; Mark, Bernard; Chen, Xijia; Furch, Toran; Singmaster, K. A.; Wagenknecht, Paul S.

    2001-12-01

    A solid-state catalyst that effectively converts a CO/air mixture to CO2 at room temperature is readily prepared. The catalyst, which is composed of metallic gold on iron(III) oxide, is loaded into a simple flow cell to test its catalytic activity. Mixtures of CO and air are run through the catalyst and subsequently analyzed by gas-phase infrared spectroscopy to determine the effectiveness of the catalyst.

  14. Applications and benefits of catalytic converter thermal management

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    Burch, S.D.; Keyser, M.A.; Colucci, C.P.; Potter, T.F.; Benson, D.K.; Biel, J.P.

    1996-07-01

    A catalytic converter thermal management system (TMS) using variable-conductance vacuum insulation and phase-change thermal storage can maintain the converter temperature above its operating temperature for many hours, allowing most trips to begin with minimal ``cold-start`` emissions. The latest converter TMS prototype was tested on a Ford Taurus (3.0 liter flex-fuel engine) at Southwest Research Institute. Following a 24-hour soak, the FTP-75 emissions were 0.031, 0.13, and 0.066 g/mile for NMHC, CO, and NOx, respectively. Tests were also run using 85% ethanol (E85), resulting in values of 0.005, 0.124, and 0.044 g/mile, and 0.005 g/mile NMOG. Compared to the baseline FTP levels, these values represent reductions of 84% to 96% for NMHC, NMOG, and CO.

  15. Catalytic cleaning of automotive exhaust gases; Katalytische Reinigung von Kraftfahrzeugabgasen

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    Domesle, R. [Degussa AG, Hanau (Germany)

    1997-12-31

    In the Clean Air Act of 1970 the US American Government set itself the goal of reducing pollutant emissions from automobiles to 10% of the original level. While it was very ambitious at the time, this goal has meanwhile been reached, at least in terms of the amount of pollution per vehicle. The period between 1981 and 1986 alone saw emission reductions in the USA of 65% for CO, 60% for HC, and 40% for NO{sub x}. The introduction of stringent limit values in Europe is in particular predicted to bring about drastic reductions in HC emissions. By the year 2010, after the phase-out of old vehicles without a cat, HC emissions are expected to have decreased to 20% of the 1990 level. A similar development has been predicted for CO emissions. As for NO{sub x} emissions there will at least be drastic reductions in spark ignition vehicles. However, this success will be neutralised for some part by the growing number of diesel vehicles and by increasing mileage. These figures show impressively that the use of catalytic converters in road vehicles has made a substantial contribution to relieving the environment and improving the quality of life and will continue to do so in future. [Deutsch] Die amerikanische Regierung trat 1970 im Clean Air Act mit der Vorgabe an, die Schadstoffe aus Kraftfahrzeugen auf 10% des urspruenglichen Wertes mindern zu wollen. Dieses Ziel war zum damaligen Zeitpunkt sehr hochgesteckt, ist aber inzwischen erreicht worden, was die Schadstoffmenge pro Fahrzeug angeht. Allein zwischen den Jahren 1981-86 wurde eine Schadstoffreduzierung um 65% fuer CO, 60% fuer HC und 40% fuer NO{sub x} in den USA festgestellt. Durch Einfuehrung der strengen Grenzwerte in Europa ist vor allem eine drastische Verminderung der HC-Emissionen prognostiziert. Diese sollen im Jahre 2010 nach Auslaufen der Altfahrzeuge ohne Katalysator noch 20% des Niveaus von 1990 betragen. Fuer CO werden aehnliche Verhaeltnisse erwartet. Bei den NO{sub x}-Emissionen wird im PKW-Bereich fuer

  16. Optimization of the packing design for manifold catalytic converter application

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    Kil, J.; Yeo, G.

    1996-09-01

    A preconverter is an essential component of the new vehicle exhaust system for the achievement of tightened emission standards. To meet those standards, the Manifold Catalytic Converter (MCC) system has been developed in the Hyundai Motor Company (HMC). Unfortunately, the conventional MCC is no longer a suitable design for the exhaust gas treatment of the newly developed high performance engine since it cannot withstand the engine`s exhaust temperature, vibration, pressure pulsation, and many other severe conditions. This paper is focused on a failure-mode analysis and new packing designs for the MCC application through a series of durability tests.

  17. Reducing cold-start emissions by catalytic converter thermal management

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    Burch, S D; Potter, T F; Keyser, M A [National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States); Brady, M J; Michaels, K F [Chrysler Corp. (United States)

    1995-01-01

    Vacuum insulation and phase-change thermal storage have been used to enhance the heat retention of a prototype catalytic converter. Storing heat in the converter between trips allows exhaust gases to be converted more quickly, significantly reducing cold-start emissions. Using a small metal hydride, the thermal conductance of the vacuum insulation can be varied continuously between 0.49 and 27 W/m{sup 2}K (R-12 to R-0.2 insulation) to prevent overheating of the catalyst. A prototype was installed in a Dodge Neon with a 2.0-liter engine. Following a standard preconditioning and a 23-hour cold soak, an FTP (Federal Test Procedure) emissions test was performed. Although exhaust temperatures during the preconditioning were not hot enough to melt the phase-change material, the vacuum insulation performed well, resulting in a converter temperature of 146{degrees}C after the 23-hour cold soak at 27{degrees}C. Compared to the same converter at ambient conditions, overall emissions of CO and HC were reduced by 52 % and 29 %, to 0.27 and 0.037 g/mile, respectively. The maximum converter temperature during the FTP cycle was 720{degrees}C. This limited testing was performed with a nearly-fresh palladium-only catalyst, but demonstrates the potential of this vacuum insulation approach for emissions reduction and thermal control. Further testing is ongoing. An initial assessment of several production issues is made, including high-volume fabrication challenges, durability, and cost.

  18. Retrofit catalytic converter for wood-burning stoves

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    1983-01-01

    The major purpose of this project was to design, fabricate, test, and evaluate a retrofit catalytic converter for woodburning stoves. In the interim between our date of application March 5, 1981 and the beginning of the grant period December 1, 1981, several such devices became commercially available. Therefore, we decided to modify the purpose and direction of our project. In summary, we designed and constructed a calorimeter room in a building located on the campus of Northern Kentucky University. We equipped this room with a woodburning stove and a metal chimney extending through the roof. We designed and constructed the appropriate instrumentation for monitoring the heat output of the stove. We observed and recorded the operating characteristics of this stove over a period of several days. We then equipped the stove with a barometric damper and repeated the experiment. We are now in the process of equipping the stove with a catalytic converter. Thus the major emphasis of the project currently is to test and evaluate several commercial retrofit devices which are purported to reduce creosote and/or increase the efficiency of a woodburning stove.

  19. Experimental Investigation of Cavitation Signatures in an Automotive Torque Converter Using a Microwave Telemetry Technique

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    C. L. Anderson

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available A unique experimental investigation of cavitation signatures in an automotive torque converter under stall conditions is reported. A quantitative criterion is proposed for predicting early and advanced cavitation in terms of suitable nondimensional pump speeds. The dimensionless pump speed that marks early cavitation is obtained by relating this parameter to the appearance of charge-pressure–dependent pressure fluctuations in the differential pressure transducer readings. The differential pressure transducers were mounted at well-defined locations in the pump passage of a torque converter. The data were transmitted by a wireless telemetry system mounted on the pump housing. Data were received and processed by a ground-based data acquisition system. Automatic transmission fluid exhibited cavitation for charge pressures of 70–130 psi and pump speeds of 1000– 2250 rpm. Advanced cavitation was marked by operating conditions that exhibited a 2% or more torque degradation from the converter's noncavitating performance.

  20. Diesel NO{sub x} catalytic converter development: A review

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    Heimrich, M.J. [Southwest Research Inst., San Antonio, TX (United States)

    1996-07-01

    This paper summarizes the findings of several technical articles on diesel NO{sub x} catalytic converter technology. Simplified theoretical reactions for NO{sub x} removal are discussed. Currently, development of catalytic NO{sub x} control technology for diesel engines is focused on systems that incorporate fuel hydrocarbons as the chemical reducing agent. Copper- and zeolite-based catalysts have been the predominant systems studied to date, but now catalysts containing precious metals are being investigated. Observed NO{sub x} reduction efficiencies typically ranged from 10 to 30 percent on actual engine exhaust systems when exhaust hydrocarbon enrichment strategies were used. Effects of carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and water on NO{sub x} reduction efficiencies are reviewed. Recommendations for future research include attempts to broaden the temperature range of efficient NO{sub x} reduction, improving hydrocarbon selectivity toward the NO{sub x} reduction reaction, and the development of a supplementary reductant delivery system suitable for transient diesel engine operation.

  1. TEC as electric generator in an automobile catalytic converter

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    Svensson, R. [Chalmers Univ. of Technology, Goeteborg (Sweden); Holmlid, L. [Univ. of Goeteborg (Sweden). Dept. of Physical Chemistry

    1996-12-31

    Modern cars use more and more electric power due to more on-board electric systems, e.g., ABS brakes, active suspension systems, electric windows, chair adjustment systems and electronic engine control systems. One possible energy source for electricity generation is to use the waste heat from the car`s engine, which generally is as much as 80% of the total energy from the combustion of the gasoline. Maybe the best location to tap the excess heat is the Catalytic Converter (Cat) in the exhaust system or perhaps at the exhaust pipes close to the engine. The Cat must be kept within a certain temperature interval. Large amounts of heat are dissipated through the wall of the Cat. A Thermionic Energy Converter (TEC) in coaxial form could conveniently be located around the ceramic cartridge of the Cat. Since the TEC is a rather good heat insulator before it reaches its working temperature the Cat will reach working temperature faster, and the final temperature of it can be controlled better when encapsulated in a concentric TEC arrangement. It is also possible to regulate the temperature of the Cat and the TEC by controlling the electrical load of the TEC. The possible working temperatures of present and future Cats appear very suitable for the new low work function collector TEC, which has been demonstrated to work down to 470 K.

  2. High Voltage Bidirectional Flyback Converter Driving DEAP Actuator for Automotive Applications

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    Huang, Lina; Zhang, Zhe; Andersen, Michael A. E.;

    2013-01-01

    voltage and high output voltage bidirectional converter for driving the DEAP actuator. The detailed design and implemented parameters have been summarized, especially for the high voltage transformer. The experiments have been performed to validate the design and implementation.......DEAP (Dielectric Electro Active Polymer) is a new type of smart material. The actuator based on DEAP material tends to be applied in a variety of occasions. It will have prosperous future when employed in automotive field. This paper is focused on the design and implementation of a low input...

  3. Drag phenomena within a torque converter driven automotive transmission - laminar flow approach

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    Alexa, O.; Marinescu, M.; Olaru, Gh; Costache, D.; Ilie, C. O.; Vinturis, V.

    2015-11-01

    When discussing a torque converter driven, automotive transmission with respect to the vehicle's coasting mode, automotive engineers have to take into account the slip between the converter's propeller and turbine. If the turbine isn't locked to the propellers during coasting process, drag phenomena within the converter's fluid occur and they have to be properly assessed when computing the coasting process dynamics. The best way to make the needed evaluation is to have a separate torque converter and test it on a test bench, if the data provided by the manufacturer, in this respect, weren't available. But there are several issues that could baffle this action. Among them, one could find the lack of information from the manufacturer, missing (bankrupted) manufacturer, classified information, old (out of date) products and so on. An even more challenging situation consists in dealing with a military special vehicle. Actually, the vehicle that would be subjected to the following topic is a military tracked, heavy vehicle (MBT) with a planetary driveline, driven by its engine via a hydraulic torque converter. In the attempt to assess its’ coasting dynamic performances, we faced the problem of the reverse rotation of the torque converter that strongly influences the general drag of the vehicle's motion. Hence, this paper tries to provide a method to determine the transmission overall drag considering the torque converter as being its main contributor. The method is based on the experimental research our team has performed in the last several months. Using high-quality software and adjacent mathematics while assuming a certain sort of flow type within the torque converter, we aimed at determining the parameter of interest of the flow. The method can be successfully used for all type of hydrodynamic components of the transmission under the condition of developing the necessary experimental research. As far as the test were concerned, they were the typical ones designed

  4. Methane emission from automobile equipped with three-way catalytic converter while driving

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    Takigawa, A. [Maebashi Inst. of Technology, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Maebashi, Gunma (Japan); Matsunami, A.; Arai, N. [Nagoya Univ., Research Center for Advanced Energy Conversion, Nagoya (Japan)

    2005-03-01

    In this study, the hydrocarbon emission from a three-way catalytic converter with a gasoline engine was investigated experimentally. The results reveal that converters have lower catalytic oxidation activity for methane than the other hydrocarbons, and degradation of the catalyst with use results in a significant effect on methane emission. The maximum methane concentration in exhaust using a converter with 78,000 km use is about 100 ppm, which is 1.4 times that for a new converter. The light-off temperature of the catalytic converter for hydrocarbon oxidation also rises from 548 to 598 K with an increase in the operating age of catalytic converter from 0 to 78,000 km. The ratio of CH{sub 4} concentration to total hydrocarbon increases with increasing vehicle speed and methane emission from the fuel of regular grade is higher than that of the premium grade. (Author)

  5. Thermal analysis and testing of a vacuum insulated catalytic converter

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    Burch, S D; Potter, T F; Keyser, M A; Benson, D K

    1994-11-01

    Based on a recent US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study, about 95% of all trips start after a cold-soak period of 16 hours or less. By preserving the heat in the catalyst between trips, exhaust gases could be processed without warm-up delay and without the usual cold-start emissions. Vacuum insulation and phase-change thermal storage have been incorporated into a catalytic converter design to enhance its heat-retention time. Laboratory testing of a bench-scale prototype showed that a ``light off`` temperature (above 350 C) could be maintained during a 10-hour cold soak. Design improvements currently being tested should increase this heat-retention time to more than 16 hours. The thermal conductance of the vacuum insulation will be made continuously variable to prevent overheating and excessive thermal cycling. This approach to thermal management may be more durable and less costly than quick-heat methods using electric or fuel-fired preheat catalysts.

  6. Thermal analysis and testing of a vacuum insulated catalytic converter

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    Burch, S.D.; Keyser, M.A.; Potter, T.F.; Benson, D.K.

    1994-10-01

    Based on a recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study, about 95% of all trips start after a cold-soak period of 16 hours or less. By preserving the heat in the catalyst between trips, exhaust gases could be processed without warm-up delay and without the usual cold-start emissions. Vacuum insulation and phase-change thermal storage have been incorporated into a catalytic converter design to enhance its heat-retention time. Laboratory testing of a bench-scale prototype showed that a `light off` temperature (above 350{degree}C) could be maintained during a 10-hour cold soak. Design improvements currently being tested should increase this heat-retention time to more than 16 hours. The thermal conductance of the vacuum insulation will be made continuously variable to prevent overheating and excessive thermal cycling. This approach to thermal management may be more durable and less costly than quick-heat methods using electric or fuel-fired preheat catalysts. 10 refs., 4 figs.

  7. 车用三元催化转化器快速老化试验研究%Accelerated Aging Tests of Three-way Catalytic Convener on Automotive

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    郝宝玉; 侯献军; 彭辅明; 刘华刚; 颜伏伍

    2011-01-01

    根据国内外三元催化转化器老化评价方法,建立了车用催化器快速老化试验装置,并对试验装置进行优化.试验数据表明,三元催化转化器经过100 h老化后CO、HC、NOx的起燃温度分别升高42℃、40℃、30℃,对催化器起燃不利,HC的转化效率显著降低,催化器老化后空燃比特性曲线的高效窗口几乎不复存在,催化器性能趋向恶化.%Based on experiences of auto catalytic converter evaluation method, automotive catalytic converter rapid aging test e-quipment was developed and optimized. Experimental data show that,after three-way catalytic converter being aged,the ignition temperature of CO, HC, Nox, respectively increased by 42℃ ,40℃ ,30℃. The ignition temperature increase performed negative effects on the catalytic converter, and HC significantly reduced the conversion efficiency of catalytic device. The efficient window of air -fuel ratio curve had almost disappeared after catalytic converter aged,and catalyst performance deteriorated.

  8. Development and test of a new catalytic converter for natural gas fuelled engine

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    M A Kalam; H H Masjuki; M Redzuan; T M I Mahlia; M A Fuad; M Mohibah; K H Halim; A Ishak; M Khair; A Shahrir; A Yusoff

    2009-06-01

    This paper presents characteristics of a new catalytic converter (catco) to be used for natural gas fuelled engine. The catco were developed based on catalyst materials consisting of metal oxides such as titanium dioxide (TiO2) and cobalt oxide (CoO) with wire mesh substrate. Both of the catalyst materials (such as TiO2 and CoO) are inexpensive in comparison with conventional catalysts (noble metals) such as palladium or platinum. In addition, the noble metals such as platinum group metals are now identified as human health risk due to their rapid emissions in the environment from various resources like conventional catalytic converter, jewelers and other medical usages. It can be mentioned that the TiO2/CoO based catalytic converter and a new natural gas engine such as compressed natural gas (CNG) direct injection (DI) engine were developed under a research collaboration program. The original engine manufacture catalytic conveter (OEM catco) was tested for comparison purposes. The OEM catco was based on noble metal catalyst with honeycomb ceramic substrate. It is experimentally found that the conversion efficiencies of TiO2/CoO based catalytic converter are 93%, 89% and 82% for NOx, CO and HC emissions respectively. It is calculated that the TiO2/CoO based catalytic converter reduces 24%, 41% and 40% higher NOx, CO and HC emissions in comparison to OEM catco respectively. The objective of this paper is to develop a low-cost three way catalytic converter to be used with the newly developed CNG-DI engine. Detailed review on catalytic converter, low-cost catalytic converter development characteristics and CNGDI engine test results have been presented with discussions.

  9. Traffic and catalytic converter - related atmospheric contamination in the metropolitan region of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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    da Silva, Lílian Irene Dias; de Souza Sarkis, Jorge Eduardo; Zotin, Fátima Maria Zanon; Carneiro, Manuel Castro; Neto, Arnaldo Alcover; da Silva, Alzira dos Santos Amaral Gomes; Cardoso, Mauri José Baldini; Monteiro, Maria Inês Couto

    2008-03-01

    In this work, 24-h PM10 samples were collected in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and analysed for trace elements (Cd, Ce, Cu, La, Mo, Ni, Pb, Pd, Rh, Sb and Sn). The sampling was carried out at five locations (Bonsucesso; Centro, downtown city; Copacabana; Nova Iguaçu and Sumaré) with different traffic densities and anthropogenic activities. An analytical method based on the EPA method for the determination of trace elements in airborne particulate matter (PM), using ultrasonic-assisted extraction and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) was applied. Our results suggest that vehicular traffic is the most important source of environmental pollution at the studied sites. The presence of Mo, Pd and Rh in the analysed filters reflects an additional source of pollution caused by the erosion and deterioration of automotive catalytic converters. PMID:18082244

  10. Catalytic converter applications for two stroke, spark-ignited marine engines

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    Fujimoto, Hiroaki; Isogawa, Atsushi; Matsumoto, Naoto

    1995-12-31

    When catalytic converters are used for cleansing of exhaust gas from two-stroke marine engines, new issues must be brought up in combination with prior technology. Therefore, a study was made of V6, 2600cc engine having a large volume of hydrocarbon emissions with respect to three issues: (1) To what degree seawater effects catalytic converter performance and possible countermeasures; (2) Effects attained on cleansing level and catalyst temperature; (3) Finding abatement levels for catalyst deterioration and exhaust emission output in the marine mode. It was found that physical adsorption was a significant factor in catalytic degradation resulting from direct contact with seawater. The cleansing levels obtained when a marine engine is equipped with a catalyst converter were found by clarifying the extent of effects of catalyst volume, performance and temperature. The reduction obtained in exhaust emission allowing for a deterioration factor, is shown in a catalytic converter heated to the maximum temperature of 960 C.

  11. The influence of platinum washing-out time on its recovery from used auto catalytic converters

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    A. Fornalczyk

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available The used catalytic converters contain small amounts of precious metals. Recovery of these metals is essential for environmental and economic reasons. This work presents a method of Platinum Group Metals (PGM recovery from auto catalytic converters in which they are washed out by a liquid metal. The magneto-hydro-dynamic pump was used to force circulation of liquid metal under the influence of electromagnetic fields The influence of process time on platinum recovery was also carried out.

  12. WELD CRACK RECTIFICATION IN CATALYTIC CONVERTER BY FABRICATION OF CUSTOMIZED JIG PLATES

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    A. Vignesh; P. Kritin Ram

    2015-01-01

    The main objective of this paper is to “rectify the weld cracks by the fabrication of customized jig plates”. In the engine section of the industry, there were frequent rejections of the catalytic converters due to weld cracks. When the catalytic converter assembly line was inspected, tiny cracks in the weld were found vi sually. Then they were tested through bench magnifiers and dye penetration test for confirmation and it was confirmed to have cracks in ...

  13. Effects of Gas Velocity and Temperature on Nitric Oxide Conversion in Simulated Catalytic Converter

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    Sathaporn Chuepeng

    2012-01-01

    Problem statement: Gaseous emissions from gasoline engine such as carbon monoxide, unburned hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxides were usually reduced in three-way catalytic converter simultaneously around theoretical fuel and air combustion. Engine speed and load and other parameters were varied over a wide range of operating conditions, resulting in different exhaust gas composition and condition intake into catalytic converter. This work was studied the conversion of Nitric Oxide (NO) in exhaust...

  14. Compact catalytic converter system for future diesel emissions standards; Kompaktes Katalysatorsystem fuer kuenftige Diesel-Emissionsnormen

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    Harth, Klaus [BASF Corporation, Iselin, NJ (United States)

    2012-09-15

    The Euro 6 emissions standard for diesel passenger cars will broaden the application of exhaust aftertreatment systems that use selective catalytic reduction. This will mean a further increase in the volume and complexity of the exhaust aftertreatment system. BASF has developed a compact integrated catalytic converter that combines the functions of particulate filtration and NO{sub x} reduction in a single unit. (orig.)

  15. Reversing flow catalytic converter for a natural gas/diesel dual fuel engine

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    Liu, E.; Checkel, M.D. [Alberta Univ., Edmonton, AB (Canada). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; Hayes, R.E. [Alberta Univ., Edmonton, AB (Canada). Dept. of Chemical and Materials Engineering; Alberta Univ., Edmonton, AB (Canada). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; Zheng, M.; Mirosh, E. [Alternative Fuel Systems Inc., Calgary, AB (Canada)

    2001-07-01

    An experimental and modelling study was performed for a reverse flow catalytic converter attached to a natural gas/diesel dual fuel engine. The catalytic converter had a segmented ceramic monolith honeycomb substrate and a catalytic washcoat containing a predominantly palladium catalyst. A one-dimensional single channel model was used to simulate the operation of the converter. The kinetics of the CO and methane oxidation followed first-order behaviour. The activation energy for the oxidation of methane showed a change with temperature, dropping from a value of 129 to 35 kJ/mol at a temperature of 874 K. The reverse flow converter was able to achieve high reactor temperature under conditions of low inlet gas temperature, provided that the initial reactor temperature was sufficiently high. (author)

  16. Demonstration of a Catalytic Converter Using a Lawn Mower Engine

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    Young, Mark A.

    2010-01-01

    Catalytic conversion is an important tool in environmental-remediation strategies and source removal of pollutants. Because a catalyst is regenerated, the chemistry can be extremely effective for conversion of undesirable pollutant species to less harmful products in situations where the pollutants have accumulated or are being continuously…

  17. SCR-catalytic converter technology using urea for industrial and thermal power plants. SCR-Katalysatortechnik mit Harnstoff fuer Industrie- und Heizkraftwerke

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    Hartenstein, A. (H und H Innotech GmbH (Switzerland)); Mayer, A. (H und H Innotech GmbH (Switzerland))

    1994-01-01

    The subjects are dealt with in 6 chapters: 1. Fuels, pollutants, prices 2. fields of application of catalytic converter systems 3. system description of the SCR catalytic converter plant using area 4. catalytic converter reactor and applications 5. efficiencies of catalytic converter plants 6. examples and profitability. (HW)

  18. Mixed-Signal PI Controller in Current-Mode DC-DC Buck Converter for Automotive Applications

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    Moursy, Yasser; Khalil, Raouf; Lecce, Sergio; Poletto, Vanni; Iskander, Ramy; Louërat, Marie-Minerve

    2016-01-01

    International audience This paper proposes a fully-integrated solution for the PI compensation circuits in current-mode DC-DC converters used in automotive applications. In such applications, the switching frequencies are low and hence conventional PI compensation circuits employ large capacitors. The proposed analog/mixed-signal PI comprises an analog proportional amplifier and a digital integrator. The analog proportional amplifier provides the required response time and maintains system...

  19. Reducing catalytic converter pressure loss with enhanced inlet-header diffusion

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    Wendland, D.W.; Kreucher, J.E.; Andersen, E.

    1995-12-31

    The function of the inlet header of a catalytic converter is to diffuse the inlet exhaust flow, decreasing its velocity and increasing its static pressure with as little loss in total pressure as possible. In practice, very little diffusion takes place in most catalytic converter inlet headers because the flow separates at the interface of the pipe and the tapered section leading to the substrate. This leads to increased converter pressure loss and flow maldistribution. An improved inlet-header design called the Enhanced Diffusion Header (EDH) was developed which combines a short, shallow-angle diffuser with a more abrupt expansion to the substrate cross section. Tests conducted in room air (cold flow) and engine exhaust showed that improved inlet-jet diffusion leads to substantial reductions in converter restriction. EDH performance was not compromised by the presence of a right-angle bend upstream of the converter.

  20. Optimization of the catalytic converter internal flow by using 3D-CFD; Sanjigen nagare kaiseki ni yoru shokubai converter nai nagare no saitekika

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    Toi, M.; Sugiura, S. [Toyota Motor Corp., Tokyo (Japan)

    1997-10-01

    By using computational fluid dynamics and statistical quality control method, we investigated the contribution of front and rear catalytic converter cone shape for the pressure loss and the partial flow, also led the optimal terms and the predictional formulations efficiently. According to this, we can investigate the optimal position of the catalytic converter from the planning. 8 figs., 6 tabs.

  1. Thermal reliability and performance improvement of close-coupled catalytic converter

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    Hijikata, Toshihiko; Kurachi, Hiroshi; Katsube, Fumio [NGK Insulators, Ltd., Nagoya (Japan); Honacker, H. van

    1996-09-01

    This paper proposes a high temperature catalytic converter design using a ceramic substrate and intumescent matting. It also describes the improvement of converter performance using an advanced thin wall ceramic substrate. Due to future tightening of emission regulations and improvement of fuel economy, higher exhaust gas temperatures are suggested. Therefore, reduction of thermal reliability of an intumescent mat will be a concern because the catalytic converter will be exposed to high temperatures. For this reason, a new design converter has been developed using a dual cone structure for both the inlet and outlet cones. This minimizes heat conduction through the cone and decreases the temperature affecting the mat area. This design converter, without the use of a heat-shield, reduces the converter surface temperature to 441 C despite a catalyst bed temperature of 1,050 C. The long term durability of the converter is demonstrated by the hot vibration test. Since the new design converter does not need a heat-shield, the catalyst diameter can be enlarged by the width of the air gap used in the current design converter. By using an advanced thin wall ceramic substrate, such as 0.11 mm/620 kcpsm (4 mil/400 cpsi), it is possible to improve emission performance and pressure drop compared with the conventional 0.16 mm/620 kcpsm (6 mil/400 cpsi) ceramic substrate.

  2. Raising i.c. engine catalytic converter temperature

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    Bowman, T.J.

    1994-10-19

    The engine when cold has delayed completion of combustion and advance of the exhaust event. Combustion of the exhaust gases is completed within the exhaust system in order to raise the temperature of the catalytic convertor. An ECV receives engine speed, load and temperature inputs and controls ignition timing, and/or the injection timing of part or all the fuel, and/or exhaust recirculation, and/or the number of inlet valves per cylinder and/or the number of spark plugs per cylinder which are operative and the timing of exhaust valve closure or the complete exhaust event in a four-stroke engine or the exhaust port geometry in a two-stroke engine. An afterburner may be provided upstream of the convertor. (UK)

  3. Study on the thermal deactivation of motorcycle catalytic converters by laboratory aging tests.

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    Chen, Yi-Chi; Chen, Lu-Yen; Yu, Yi-Hsien; Jeng, Fu-Tien

    2010-03-01

    Catalytic converters are used to curb exhaust pollution from motorcycles in Taiwan. A number of factors, including the length of time the converter is used for and driving conditions, affect the catalysts' properties during periods of use. The goal of this study is to resolve the thermal deactivation mechanism of motorcycle catalytic converters. Fresh catalysts were treated under different aging conditions by laboratory-scale aging tests to simulate the operation conditions of motorcycle catalytic converters. The aged catalysts were characterized by analytical techniques in order to provide information for investigating deactivation phenomena. The time-dependent data of specific surface areas were subsequently used to construct kinetics of sintering at the specific temperature. According to the analytical results of the catalysts' properties, the increase in aging temperature causes an increase in pore size of the catalysts and a decrease in the specific surface area. The aged catalysts all exhibited lower performances than the fresh ones. The reduction in catalytic activity is consistent with the reduction in the loss of specific surface area. The finding of catalytic properties' dependence on temperature is consistent with the thermally activated theory. In contrast, the effect of the aging time on the specific surface area was only significant during the initial few hours. The high correlation between specific surface areas measured by the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) method and predicted by the constructed model verifies that the prediction models can predict the sintering rate reasonably under the aging conditions discussed in this study. As compared to automobile catalytic converters, the differences of structures and aging conditions are made less obvious by the deactivation phenomena of motorcycles.

  4. Laboratory data for three-way catalytic converter modelling

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    Schweich, D. [Laboratoire de Genie des Procedes Catalytiques, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS, Villeurbanne Cedex (France)

    1995-12-31

    Numerical simulations could be advantageously substituted for some expensive experiments with an engine bench. However, the reliability of the numerical results depends on the assumptions made and on the quality of the physical and chemical parameters involved in the model. Converter models work well for specified experimental conditions, but there is no decisive proof of their predictive ability in a wide range of conditions. This is because four important topics deserve further attention: kinetics, external heat and mass transfer processes, internal diffusion in the wash-coat layer, and flow distribution in the monolith. The experimental and interpretation problems related to these topics are reviewed. Kinetic expressions are probably the most crucial data for model reliability. These data are certainly different from one catalyst to the other. However, the reactions are the same, and the catalyst formulations are similar. This suggests that the structures of the rate expressions are probably independent of the catalyst, whereas the parameters are dependent. Elucidating the structure of the rate expressions at steady state, estimating the time constants of transient surface processes and reversible poisoning, knowing whether internal diffusion is a limiting process would be more significant contributions than accumulating light-off curves obtained with complex mixtures. Although these curves are technically meaningful, they cannot be interpreted from a scientific point of view, especially when the reactor behaviour is not well controlled. The second challenge concerns hydrodynamic data in commercial converters. The `flow distribution index` of Wendland and Matthes (1986) and Bella et al. (199l) is a first approach to the problem. However, further work is necessary to correlate this index to the operating conditions. As long as flow maldistribution is not accounted for in the models, simulation of vehicle tests will not be reliable. 8 figs., 19 refs., 1 appendix

  5. Low temperature dynamic characteristics of a three-way catalytic converter

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    Balenovic, M.; Backx, A.C.P.M. [Technische Univ. Eindhoven (Netherlands). Dept. of Electrical Engineering; Harmsen, J.M.A.; Hoebink, J.H.B.J. [Technische Univ. Eindhoven (Netherlands). Lab. of Chemical Reactor Engineering

    2001-07-01

    A mathematical model of a three-way catalytic converter based on a detailed chemical kinetic model has been created mainly to analyze the converter's dynamic behavior at low temperatures. The light-off process of the converter is analyzed in detail. Competition of species for empty noble metal surface determines the light-off characteristic, as inhibition processes increase light-off temperatures of some exhaust gas components in the complete exhaust mixture. Perturbations of the exhaust gas mixture around stoichiometry can in certain conditions decrease the effect of inhibition and lower the light-off temperature for some exhaust components. (orig.)

  6. Low temperature dynamic characteristics of a three-way catalytic converter

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    Balenovic, M.; Backx, A.C.P.M. [Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands). Dept. of Electrical Engineering; Harmsen, J.M.A.; Hoebink, J.H.B.J. [Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands). Laboratory of Chemical Reactor Engineering

    2001-07-01

    A mathematical model of a three-way catalytic converter based on a detailed chemical kinetic model has been created mainly to analyze the converter's dynamic behavior at low temperatures. The light-off process of the converter is analyzed in detail. Competition of species for empty noble metal surface determines the light-off characteristic, as inhibition processes increase light-off temperatures of some exhaust gas components in the complete exhaust mixture. Perturbations of the exhaust gas mixture around stoichiometry can in certain conditions decrease the effect of inhibition and lower the light-off temperature for some exhaust components. (author)

  7. Development of a model-based controller for a three-way catalytic converter

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    Bie, T. de; Balenovic, M.; Backx, T.

    2002-01-01

    The performance of a three-way catalytic converter under transient operation can be improved by controlling the level of oxygen stored on ceria at some optimal level. A model-based controller with the model estimating the level of ceria coverage by oxygen, can achieve this goal. A simple, dynamic mo

  8. DuraFoil{sup TM} ICR-a new material for catalytic converter substrates

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    Sukonnik, I.M.; Chang, S.; Jha, B. [Texas Instruments, Inc., Attleboro, MA (United States)

    1997-12-31

    A new type of FeCrAl material for catalytic converter substrate applications, DuraFoil{sup TM} ICR, has been developed by solid state bonding of strip layers of steel and aluminum. Such clad material is further rolled to intermediate gauge and then subjected to a thermal in situ reaction to form a solid solution material. Such monolithic material is subsequently thermomechanically processed to foil gauges. The combination of roll bonding followed by thermo-mechanical processing to produce FeCrAl foil for metallic catalytic converter substrate offers many metallurgical and economic advantages over conventional ingot metallurgy practice. The fact that thermal diffusion was performed at the intermediate gauge prior to reaching the final foil thickness gives material properties for use in the wider design range of catalytic converters. In its simplest form, the requirements for a catalytic converter substrate (foil material) are dictated by four major factors: oxidation resistance; shape stability; formability (applicable ductility); and compatibility with typical substrate processing technologies such as brazing and washcoating. To this end, the microstructures, mechanical properties, chemical homogeneity, surface chemistry and morphology of two DuraFoil{sup TM} new grades foil materials, i.e., ICR-H (hard) and ICR-F (soft), were characterized. This study has shown those superior properties, desirable formability can be achieved from diffusion-made material. (orig.)

  9. Relation between the structure and catalytic activity for automotive emissions. Use of x-ray anomalous dispersion effect

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    Mizuki, J; Tanaka, H

    2003-01-01

    The employment of the X-ray anomalous dispersion effect allows us to detect the change in structure of catalytic converters with the environment exposed. Here we show that palladium atoms in a perovskite crystal move into and out of the crystal by anomalous X-ray diffraction and absorption techniques. This movement of the precious metal plays an important role to keep the catalytic activity long-lived. (author)

  10. Catalytic converter technologies for future exhaust emission standards; Katalysatortechnologien fuer zukuenftige Abgasgrenzwerte

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    Kueper, P.F. [Porsche (F.) AG, Weissach (Germany); Bruestle, C. [Porsche (F.) AG, Weissach (Germany)

    1994-12-31

    Due to the Californian exhaust gas legislation for the period after 1995 and the expected tightening of the European standards, new impulses were given to increase the effectiveness of the exhaust aftertreatment. A list is presented which attempts to give an overview of the question of which exhaust aftertreatment or which additional devices must be applied in order to meet the future exhaust emission standards. The ageing of the catalytic converters has been taken into account. The actual exhaust emission standards are met with the conventional systems. Additional measurements such as secondary ventilation are necessary for TLEV. In order to achieve LEV additional measurements such as lighter exhaust gas systems and modifications of the cold starting and warm-up parameters could be sufficient. There are two different systems which meet the ULEV standards: 1. Active systems with an external energy supply for heating up the main or a starting catalytic converter. These systems do not necessarily require a catalytic converter position close to the engine. 2. Passive systems with switchable starting catalytic converters and without an external energy supply for heating up the main catalytic converter. It offers an alternative to the active systems. Furthermore the switchable catalytic converter suggested by the company Porsche can be applied in charged engines. A further reduction of HC-emission will be achieved by the combination of the two systems mentioned above with HC absorbing and desorbing systems. (orig.) [Deutsch] Durch die kalifornische Abgasgesetzgebung fuer die Zeit nach 1995 und die zu erwartenden Verschaerfungen der europaeischen Grenzwerte wurden neue Entwicklungsimpulse zur Steigerung der Effektivitaet der Abgasnachbehandlung ausgeloest. Eine Antwort auf die Frage, welche Abgasnachbehandlungssysteme bzw. welche Zusatzeinrichtungen zur Erfuellung der zukuenftigen Abgasgrenzwerte eingesetzt werden muessen, wird nachfolgend versucht aufzulisten, wobei die

  11. Development of a para-orthohydrogen catalytic converter for a solid hydrogen cooler

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    Nast, T. C.; Hsu, I. C.

    1984-01-01

    Design features of a tested catalytic converter for altering vented cryogenic parahydrogen used as a coolant on spacecraft into a para-ortho equilibrium for channeling to other cooling functions are described. The hydrogen is expected to be stored in either liquid or solid form. A high surface area Ni-on-Si catalyst was selected for tests at an operating pressure of 2 torr at a ratio of 1000 gr catalyst for a gr/sec hydrogen flow. Cylindrical and radial flow geometries were tried and measurements centered on the converter efficiencies at different operating temperatures when the converter was placed in the vent line of the H2 cooler. Efficiencies ranging from 10-100 percent were obtained for varying flow rates. Further testing is necessary to characterize the converter performance under a wider range of operating temperatures and environments.

  12. Fuzzy logic for burner, solar boiler and catalytic converter; Brander, zonneboiler en katalysator vaag geregeld

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    Voorter, P.H.C.

    1995-05-01

    The application of fuzzy logic in the process control of a cement furnace at a Dutch cement industry (Enci in Maastricht) proved to be successful: the production increased by 4% and the energy consumption was reduced by 3% per ton product. Fuzzy logic can also be used in smaller energy equipment. Applications in a burner of a central heating boiler, a solar water heater and a catalytic converter in a motorcycle are discussed. 5 figs., 1 tab., 2 refs.

  13. Optimizing fuel consumption and pollutant emissions of gasoline-HEV with catalytic converter

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    Michel, Pierre; Charlet, Alain; Colin, Guillaume; Chamaillard, Yann; Bloch, Gérard; Nouillant, Cédric

    2016-01-01

    International audience Because of more and more stringent vehicle emission standards, Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) are developed. Gasoline-HEV are equipped with 3-Way Catalytic Converter (3WCC). So the energy management systems of such vehicles , which must reduce not only fuel consumption, but also vehicle pollutant emissions, have to consider the 3WCC heating. A pollutant constrained energy management strategy is presented. A 3WCC multi-0D model is built from physical equations, with a...

  14. Modelling three-way monolithic catalytic converter. Comparison between simulation and experimental data

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    Siemund, S.; Schweich, D.; Leclerc, J.P.; Villermaux, J. [Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique CNRS, LSGC, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Industries Chimiques ENSIC, Nancy (France)

    1995-12-31

    A two-dimensional model for the three-way catalytic converter is presented. The proposed model with the necessary simplifying assumptions are represented. Then the simulation results and experimental data, which are obtained by engine test bench, are compared. By adjusting the kinetic parameters a good agreement is obtained for the temperature evolution, a less good agreement for the conversion. Finally, the necessary improvements are briefly discussed. 9 figs., 18 refs.

  15. Modification of Surface Roughness and Area of FeCrAl Substrate for Catalytic Converter using Ultrasonic Treatment

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    Yanuandri Putrasari; P Untoro; Sulaiman Hasan; Naili Huda; Darwin Sebayang

    2012-01-01

    Surface roughness and area play important role especially in deposition and reaction of the catalyst in the catalytic converter substrate. The aim of this paper is to show the modification of surface roughness and area of FeCrAl substrate for catalytic converter using ultrasonic method. The method was conducted by agitating the FeCrAl in 10 minutes 35 kHz ultrasonic cleaning bath. The  surface roughness, morphology, and chemical components of FeCrAl catalytic converter substrate after ultraso...

  16. Effects of Gas Velocity and Temperature on Nitric Oxide Conversion in Simulated Catalytic Converter

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    Sathaporn Chuepeng

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Gaseous emissions from gasoline engine such as carbon monoxide, unburned hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxides were usually reduced in three-way catalytic converter simultaneously around theoretical fuel and air combustion. Engine speed and load and other parameters were varied over a wide range of operating conditions, resulting in different exhaust gas composition and condition intake into catalytic converter. This work was studied the conversion of Nitric Oxide (NO in exhaust gas catalytic converter affected by gas velocity and inlet temperature using numerical modeling. Approach: The simulation was based on a one-dimensional time-dependent model within a single monolith channel of the converter. Upon certain assumptions, the study was considered heterogeneous combustion reaction between gas and solid phases based on lumped kinetic reactions. In this study, constants and variables used for mass and heat transfers were dependent on gas or solid phase temperature and mole fraction. Finite difference scheme incorporated with the generated computer code was established for solving species and energy balances within gas and solid phases. Results: The NO conversion was increased with transient period in initial and reached steady state at different values. The lower inlet gas temperature was resulted in lesser NO conversion at the same inlet NO concentration and gas velocity. The light-off temperatures were up to 520 K and a sudden rise in NO conversion was from 550-605 K and decreasing onwards, generating working temperature window. NO conversion increased throughout the catalyst bed from the inlet and the conversion decreased as the gas velocity increased. Conclusion/Recommendations: Gas space velocity and gas temperature intake to the converter affected the NO conversion over the time and the axial distance from the catalyst bed inlet. The numerical results have summarily demonstrated a good approximation compared to experimental

  17. Present Situation of Purification Technologies for Automotive Exhaust in China

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    2000-01-01

    It is presented that eliminating and controlling the current automotive exhaust emission should be important and urgent in China, and the Chinese state emission standards have been getting stricter and stricter. Also the present purification technologies for automotive exhaust are elucidated. It is indicated that the development and the commercialization of Rare Earth based on three way catalytic converters is pretty necessary and urgent to address the current harsh automotive exhaust emission problems in China. In addition, the future automotive exhaust purification technologies are prospected.

  18. Development of FD Catalytic Converter for Super Ultra Low Emission (SULE) Standards%满足超低排放要求的FD净化器研制

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    肖益鸿; 蔡国辉; 郑勇; 魏笑峰; 魏可镁

    2011-01-01

    福州大学化肥催化剂国家工程研究中心研制出多种尾气净化用高性能纳米复合材料,并应用组合技术开发成功的FD净化器能满足欧Ⅳ、欧V等超低排放的要求.%National Engineering Research Center of Chemical Fertilizer Catalyst at Fuzhou University has developed many kinds of high performance nano-composite materials used for automotive emission purification. The catalytic converters which were made of these materials with compounding technology can meet the EURO phase IV and V Super Ultra Low Emission legislation limits.

  19. Experimental study of a reverse flow catalytic converter for a duel fuel engine

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    Liu, B.; Checkel, M. D. [Alberta Univ., Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Edmonton, ANB (Canada); Hayes, R. E. [Alberta Univ., Dept, of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Edmonton, AB, (Canada)

    2001-08-01

    Performance of a reverse flow catalytic converter for a methane/diesel dual fuel engine is evaluated under steady and transient engine conditions. The converter is of the monolith honeycomb type with palladium catalyst washcoat. Results of the reverse flow converter's performance was found to be superior for several steady state engine operations when compared to unidirectional flow operation. In transient operations following a step change in engine operating conditions, reverse flow was found to be better than unidirectional flow when the change in engine operation was such as to reduce the exhaust gas temperature. When exhaust gas temperature was increased, reverse flow decreased the rate of increase in the reactor temperature. Testing was done using the transient Japanese 6-Mode tests. Best results were achieved with a switch time in the five seconds to fifteen seconds range. 31 refs., 9 tabs., 24 figs.

  20. Calculating the rate of exothermic energy release for catalytic converter efficiency monitoring

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    Hepburn, J.S.; Meitzler, A.H. [Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, MI (United States)

    1995-12-31

    This paper reports on the development of a new methodology for OBD-II catalyst efficiency monitoring. Temperature measurements taken from the center of the catalyst substrate or near the exterior surface of the catalyst brick were used in conjunction with macroscopic energy balances to calculate the instantaneous rate of exothermic energy generation within the catalyst. The total calculated rate of exothermic energy release over the FTP test cycle was within 10% of the actual or theoretical value and provided a good indicator of catalyst light-off for a variety of aged catalytic converters. Normalization of the rate of exothermic energy release in the front section of the converter by the mass flow rate of air inducted through the engine was found to provide a simple yet practical means of monitoring the converter under both FTP and varying types of road driving.

  1. Comparative efficiency evaluation of buck and hybrid buck DC-DC converters for automotive applications

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    Pelan, Ovidiu; Cornea, Octavian; Muntean, Nicolae;

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents and discusses design considerations and efficiency investigation of a conventional step-down and a hybrid switched-capacitor DC-DC converter. Three MOSFETs with low on-resistance have been tested for each converter in order to find the most adequate switch for this application...

  2. Condition in ci engine’s exhaust pipe in light of application nox sensor to determine of catalytic converter efficiency

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    Rychter, M.

    2010-01-01

    The development of a catalytic converter required an analysis of selected physical parameters of the supports. This resulted from the necessity to assume given parameters of the supports applied in the tests in exhaust gas environment in the CI engines. An analysis of ionic conductors which constitute the basic solution in voltage sensors providing signals through NOx electrocatalysis. The aim of this paper is to determine the basis for the monitoring of catalytic converters in compression ig...

  3. Converting Light Energy to Chemical Energy: A New Catalytic Approach for Sustainable Environmental Remediation

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    2016-01-01

    We report a synthetic approach to form cubic Cu2O/Pd composite structures and demonstrate their use as photocatalytic materials for tandem catalysis. Pd nanoparticles were deposited onto Cu2O cubes, and their tandem catalytic reactivity was studied via the reductive dehalogenation of polychlorinated biphenyls. The Pd content of the materials was gradually increased to examine its influence on particle morphology and catalytic performance. Materials were prepared at different Pd amounts and demonstrated a range of tandem catalytic reactivity. H2 was generated via photocatalytic proton reduction initiated by Cu2O, followed by Pd-catalyzed dehalogenation using in situ generated H2. The results indicate that material morphology and composition and substrate steric effects play important roles in controlling the overall reaction rate. Additionally, analysis of the postreacted materials revealed that a small number of the cubes had become hollow during the photodechlorination reaction. Such findings offer important insights regarding photocatalytic active sites and mechanisms, providing a pathway toward converting light-based energy to chemical energy for sustainable catalytic reactions not typically driven via light.

  4. Effects of a catalytic converter on PCDD/F, chlorophenol and PAH emissions in residential wood combustion.

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    Kaivosoja, T; Virén, A; Tissari, J; Ruuskanen, J; Tarhanen, J; Sippula, O; Jokiniemi, J

    2012-07-01

    Catalytic converters can be used to decrease carbon monoxide, organic compounds and soot from small-scale wood-fired appliances. The reduction is based on the oxidation of gaseous and particulate pollutants promoted by catalytic transition metal surfaces. However, many transition metals have also strong catalytic effect on PCDD/F formation. In this study birch logs were burned in a wood-fired stove (18 kW) with and without a catalytic converter with palladium and platinum as catalysts. PCDD/F, chlorophenol and PAH concentrations were analyzed from three phases of combustion (ignition, pyrolysis and burnout) and from the whole combustion cycle. PCDD/F emissions without the catalytic converter were at a level previously measured for wood combustion (0.15-0.74 ng N m(-3)). PAH emissions without the catalytic converter were high (47-85 mg N m(-3)) which is typical for batch combustion of wood logs. Total PAH concentrations were lower (on average 0.8-fold), and chlorophenol and PCDD/F levels were substantially higher (4.3-fold and 8.7-fold, respectively) when the catalytic converter was used. Increase in the chlorophenol and PCDD/F concentrations was most likely due to the catalytic effect of the platinum and palladium. Platinum and palladium may catalyze chlorination of PCDD/Fs via the Deacon reaction or an oxidation process. The influence of emissions from wood combustion to human health and the environment is a sum of effects caused by different compounds formed in the combustion. Therefore, the usage of platinum and palladium based catalytic converters to reduce emissions from residential wood combustion should be critically evaluated before wide-range utilization of the technology. PMID:22397840

  5. Different in vivo functions of the two catalytic domains of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE)

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    Bernstein, Kenneth E.; Shen, Xiao Z.; Gonzalez-Villalobos, Romer A.; Billet, Sandrine; Okwan-Duodu, Derick; Ong, Frank S.; Fuchs, Sebastien

    2010-01-01

    Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) can cleave angiotensin I, bradykinin, neurotensin and many other peptide substrates in vitro. In part, this is due to the structure of ACE, a protein composed of two independent catalytic domains. Until very recently, little was known regarding the specific in vivo role of each ACE domain, and they were commonly regarded as equivalent. This is not true, as shown by mouse models with a genetic inactivation of either the ACE N- or C-domains. In vivo, most ang...

  6. Transient simulation of a catalytic converter for a dual fuel engine

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    Liu, B.; Checkel, D. [Alberta Univ., Dept. of Mechanical Enginering, Edmonton, AB (Canada); Hayes, R. E. [Alberta Univ., Department of Chemical and Material Engineering, Edmonton, AB (Canada); Zheng, M.; Mirosh, E. [Alternative Fuel Systems Inc., Calgary, AB (Canada)

    2000-06-01

    A catalytic converter of a ceramic monolith honeycomb substrate, coated with a washcoat of catalyst and attached to a natural gas/diesel dual fuel engine was simulated and studied experimentally. The paper describes the application of one-dimensional finite element model for the transient and steady state operation. Laminar flow was approximated using a dispersed plug flow model, and chemical kinetics were simulated using LHHW (Langmuir/ Hinshelwood/ Hougan/ Watson) type expressions. Simulation results were compared with experimental results for heating and cooling cycles which resulted from speed and load changes on the engine. The comparison showed a maximum difference between the two sets of emission levels of about 10 per cent, showing that the one-dimensional model is acceptable model for this dual fuel engine converter combination. 50 refs., 3 tabs., 13 figs.

  7. Biologic effects of auto emissions. I. Exhaust from engine with and without catalytic converter.

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    Lee, S D; Malanchuk, M; Finelli, V N

    1976-05-01

    This paper relates to the efficacy of a catalytic converter in reducing the levels of certain pollutants emitted from an automobile engine and to the reduction and/or elimination of gross biologic damages in animals exposed to emissions from an exhaust system containing such catalysts. Groups of rats were exposed to diluted emissions from an automobile engine with and without catalyst. Concomitantly, a comparative experiment was conducted by exposing a group of rats to carbon monoxide alone (575 mg/m3). The parameters measured included hematocrit, serum LDH, GOT, and lysozyme. An elevation in hematocrit was observed in animals of the experiment run without catalyst and in those exposed to carbon monoxide; the use of the catalyst reduced the carbon monoxide levels in the exposure chambers by more than tenfold and prevented these bioeffects from occurring. Serum LDH activity was elevated in the groups of rats in the experiment conducted without catalyst, but no alternation was observed in the animals from the experiment utilizing the catalyst or in those exposed to carbon monoxide alone. The data obtained in this study showed that acute exposure to noncatalytic emissions caused significant alterations in certain biologic parameters. Conversely, the introduction of an oxidizing catalytic converter into the engine exhaust system reduced or prevented such biologic damage. PMID:58066

  8. Vapour Treatment Method Against Other Pyro- and Hydrometallurgical Processes Applied to Recover Platinum From Used Auto Catalytic Converters

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    Agnieszka FORNALCZYK; Mariola SATERNUS

    2013-01-01

    Today more and more cars are produced every year.All of them have to be equipped with catalytic converters,the main role of which is to obtain substances harmless to the environment instead of exhausted gases.Catalytic converters contain platinum group metals (PGM) especially platinum,palladium and rhodium.The price of these metals and their increasing demand are the reasons why today it is necessary to recycle used auto catalytic converters.There are many available methods of recovering PGM metals from them,especially platinum.These methods used mainly hydrometallurgical processes; however pyrometallurgical ones become more and more popular.The article presents results of the research mainly concerning pyrometallurgical processes.Two groups of research were carried out.In the first one different metals such as lead,magnesium and copper were used as a metal collector.During the tests,platinum went to those metals forming an alloy.In other research metal vapours were blown through catalytic converter carrier (grinded or whole).In the tests metals such as calcium,magnesium,cadmium and zinc were applied.As a result white or grey powder (metal plus platinum) was obtained.The tables present results of the research.Processing parameters and conclusions are also shown.To compare efficiency of pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical methods catalytic converter carrier and samples of copper with platinum obtained from pyrometallurgical method were solved in aqua regia,mixture of aqua regia and fluoric acid.

  9. Novel techniques for the synthesis of three-way catalytic converter support materials

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    Anyaba, Prince Nwabueze

    Current automobiles use catalytic converters, consisting of noble metals on an oxide support, to convert noxious engine exhaust pollutants into less harmful species. The development of mesoporous oxide supports with optimal pore geometries could enable these devises to decrease in size and weight and significantly reduce the metal loadings required to achieve optimal performance. Thus, in this work, I investigated a wide range of techniques for the synthesis of mesoporous oxides to determine if they could be adapted to ceria-zirconia-yttria mixed oxide (CZY) systems, which are the industry standard for the optimal oxide support for catalytic converter applications. Additionally, I compared and critically evaluated the catalytic performance of the CZY mixed oxides, which were synthesized from the various templating techniques. The catalytic performance test was broken up into two: catalyst activity test which was determined based on the light-off temperatures at which 50% conversion of the reacting species have been converted; and resistance to surface area loss under accelerated aging at heating rate of 20°C/min form 700 to 1000°C, with the final temperature being held fixed for 4 h. To date, the most cost effective methods for preparing mesoporous materials are via techniques that employ templates or structure directing agents. These templates can be divided into two groups: endo-templates (i.e., soft templates, such as surfactants, dendrimers, and block copolymers) and exo-templates (i.e., hard templates, such as porous carbons and resins). The soft templating techniques generally involve both sol-gel and templating methods, while the hard templates required no sol-gel chemistry to achieve the desired templating effect. The precursors for ceria, zirconia, and yttria used were cerium (III) nitrate hexahydrate, zirconyl nitrate, and yttrium nitrate hexahydrate, respectively. The mesoporous CZY materials that were synthesized had surface area values that were

  10. A multi-dimensional numerical method for predicting warm-up characteristic of automobile catalytic converter systems

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    Sugiura, Shigeki; Ijuin, Koichi; Yamada, Toshio; Yaegashi, Takehisa; Baba, Naoki

    1995-12-31

    A multi-dimensional numerical method for predicting the warm-up characteristic of automobile catalytic converter systems was developed to effectively design catalytic converter systems which achieve low tail pipe emissions with satisfactory package ability. The features of the method are: (1) consideration of the governing phenomena such as gas flow, heat transfer, and chemical reactions and (2) capability of predicting warm-up characteristic for not only the catalytic converters but also the system as a whole during emission test modes such as the USA LA-4 mode. The description of the method is presented. The experimental verifications of the method were conducted to assure the accuracy of it. The effect of design parameters such as electrically heated catalyst (EHC), high loading of noble metal and thin honeycomb wall on warm-up characteristic of the catalyst are analyzed in the paper.

  11. Modification of Surface Roughness and Area of FeCrAl Substrate for Catalytic Converter using Ultrasonic Treatment

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    Yanuandri Putrasari

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Surface roughness and area play important role especially in deposition and reaction of the catalyst in the catalytic converter substrate. The aim of this paper is to show the modification of surface roughness and area of FeCrAl substrate for catalytic converter using ultrasonic method. The method was conducted by agitating the FeCrAl in 10 minutes 35 kHz ultrasonic cleaning bath. The  surface roughness, morphology, and chemical components of FeCrAl catalytic converter substrate after ultrasonic treatment were analyzed using atomic force microscope (AFM and examined with scanning electron microscope (SEM in combination with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS. The ultrasonic treatment assisted with Al2O3 powders successfully increased the roughness and surface area of FeCrAl better than SiC powders. 

  12. Control of gaseous pollutants emission with EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) and catalytic converter

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    Porto, Fernando Silva de Araujo [Faculdade de Engenharia Quimica de Lorena (FAENQUIL), SP (Brazil); Mann, Jens; Ueberschaer, Dietmar [Fachhochschule Darmstadt (Germany). Fachbereich Maschinenbau; Balestieri, Jose Antonio Perrella; Nascimento, Nazem [UNESP, Guaratingueta, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Engenharia]. E-mail: ftilor@eu.ansp.br; perrella@feg.unesp.br; nazem@feg.unesp.br

    1997-07-01

    Study of gaseous pollutant emission from engine tests simulating real work conditions, using spark point manually controlled and exhaust gas recirculation in diverse proportion levels. The objective of this present work is to re-examine the potential of the EGR conception, a well-known method of combustion control, employed together electronic fuel injection and three-way catalytic converter closed-loop control at a spark ignition engine, verifying the performance characteristics and technical availability of this conception to improve pollution control and fuel economy. The pollutant emissions under operational conditions were analyzed and compared with the expected by concerning theory and real tests performed by EGR equipped engines by factory. (author)

  13. Aluminum clad ferritic stainless steel foil for metallic catalytic converter substrate applications

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    Chang, C.S.; Pandey, A.; Jha, B.

    1996-09-01

    A roll bonding process was developed to produce Al clad ferritic stainless steel foil for the metallic catalytic converter substrate application. Clad foils with different chemistry were produced and their properties were evaluated. Heat treatment conditions for the homogenization of clad foils were identified. This article includes results from oxidation tests and mechanical tests on as-rolled and heat treated clad foil. Results from commercial ingot metallurgy foil were also included for comparison. The oxidation weight gain study indicates that the Al content in the foils is directly related to the usable life of the foil. However, rare earth addition is necessary to improve the oxidation resistance of this material for the high temperature applications by slowing down the weight gain kinetics and thus extend the usable life of foils. The heat treated clad foil also exhibit excellent tensile ductility when compared to the ingot metallurgy foil.

  14. A theoretical study for one-dimensional modeling for VOC in a catalytic converter

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    Chauhan, S.; Sharma, L.; Srivastava, V. K.

    2010-07-01

    Modeling for catalytic oxidation of a volatile organic compound, acetaldehyde for the purpose of controlling tail-pipe emissions from vehicular exhaust was carried out. The model developed was one-dimensional unsteady state model, using mass and energy balance equations to predict results for acetaldehyde conversion in an adiabatic monolith operating under warm-up conditions. The equations consisted of a set of partial differential equations that are coupled and solved using Backward Implicit Scheme. Analysis of the behavior of the converter during warm up period was carried out and it was observed that the warm up was faster for a fresh catalyst and this warm up period could be reduced by introducing hot incoming exhaust gas at higher temperature.

  15. QM/MM investigation of the catalytic mechanism of angiotensin-converting enzyme.

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    Mu, Xia; Zhang, Chunchun; Xu, Dingguo

    2016-06-01

    Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) converts angiotensin I to angiotensin II and degrades bradykinin and other vasoactive peptides. ACE inhibitors are used to treat diseases such as hypertension and heart failure. It is thus highly desirable to understand the catalytic mechanism of ACE, as this should facilitate the design of more powerful and selective ACE inhibitors. ACE exhibits two different active domains, the C-domain and the N-domain. In this work, we systematically investigated the inhibitor- and substrate-binding patterns in the N-domain of human ACE using a combined quantum mechanical and molecular mechanical approach. The hydrolysis of hippuryl-histidyl-leucine (HHL) as catalyzed by the N-domain of human somatic ACE was explored, and the effects of chloride ion on the overall reaction were also investigated. Two models, one with and one without a chloride ion at the first binding position, were then designed to examine the chloride dependence of inhibitor-substrate binding and the catalytic mechanism. Our calculations indicate that the hydrolysis reaction follows a stepwise general base/general acid catalysis path. The estimated mean free energy barrier height in the two models is about 15.6 kcal/mol, which agrees very well with the experimentally estimated value of 15.8 kcal/mol. Our simulations thus suggest that the N-domain is in a mixed form during ACE-catalyzed hydrolysis, with the single-chloride-ion and the double-chloride-ion forms existing simultaneously. Graphical Abstract Superposition of ACE C- and N- domains. PMID:27184002

  16. Evaluation of SI engine exhaust gas emissions upstream and downstream of the catalytic converter

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    Silva, C.M.; Costa, M.; Farias, T.L. [Mechanical Engineering Department, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Avenida Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisbon (Portugal); Santos, H. [Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestao, Instituto Politecnico de Leiria, Leiria (Portugal)

    2006-11-15

    The conversion efficiency of a catalytic converter, mounted on a vehicle equipped with a 2.8l spark ignition engine, was evaluated under steady state operating conditions. The inlet and outlet chemical species concentration, temperature and air fuel ratio (A/F) were measured as a function of the brake mean effective pressure (BMEP) and engine speed (rpm). Oil temperature, coolant temperature, brake power and spark advance were also monitored. In parallel, a mathematical model for the catalytic converter has been developed. The main inputs of the model are the temperature, flow rate, chemical species mass flow and local A/F ratio as measured at the catalyst inlet section. The main conclusions are: (i) the exhaust gas and substrate wall temperatures at the catalyst outlet increase with BMEP and rpm; (ii) the HC conversion efficiency increases with the value of BMEP up to a maximum beyond which it decreases; (iii) the CO conversion efficiencies typically increase with BMEP; (iv) the NO{sub x} conversion efficiency remains nearly constant regardless of BMEP and rpm; (v) except for idle, the NO{sub x} conversion efficiency is typically the highest, followed in turn by the CO and HC conversion efficiencies; (vi) conversion efficiencies are lower for idle conditions, which can be a problem under traffic conditions where idle is a common situation; (vii) regardless of rpm and load, for the same flow rate the conversion efficiency is about the same; (viii) the model predictions slightly over estimate the exhaust gas temperature data at the catalyst outlet section with the observed differences decreasing with BMEP and engine speed; (ix) in general, the model predictions of the conversion efficiencies are satisfactory. (author)

  17. NUMERICAL SIMULATION OF EFFECTS OF WALL THICKNESS AND CELL DENSITY ON THE THREE-WAY CATALYTIC CONVERTER PERFORMANCE

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    Wu Guojiang; Tan Song; Huang Zhen

    2005-01-01

    The transient symmetric mathematical model is established, and the effects of the wall thickness and cell density on the performance of a three-way catalytic converter are studied using numerical modeling. The conclusions show that the light-off time and the pressure drop through a converter are decreased, and the conversion efficiency during the warm-up period keeps almost invariant with reduction of the wall thickness of substrates, and that the pressure drop through a converter and a conversion efficiency during the warm-up state increases, and the light-off time almost keeps invariant when increasing cell density of substrates. Therefore, future catalytic converters should develop in the direction of thin wall thickness and high cell density substrates simultaneously.

  18. Component Analysis of Deposits in Selective Catalytic Reduction System for Automotive Diesel Engine

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    Zhu Neng

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, deposits in exhaust pipes for automotive diesel engines were studied by various chemical analysis methods and a kind of analysis process to determine the compositions of organic matter was proposed. Firstly, the elements of the deposits were determined through the element analysis method. Then using characteristic absorption properties of organic functional groups to the infrared spectrum, the functional groups in the deposits were determined. Finally, by GC-MS (gas chromatography - mass spectrometry test, the content of each main component was determined quantitatively. Element analysis results indicated that the deposits adsorbed metal impurities from fuel oil, lubricating oil, mechanical wear and urea water solution. The result of GC-MS test showed that the area percentage of cyanuric acid was the biggest (about 85%, the second was urea (about 4%, and the content of biuret and biurea was scarce.

  19. Folding in solution of the C-catalytic protein fragment of angiotensin-converting enzyme.

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    Vamvakas, Sotirios-Spyridon M; Leondiadis, Leondios; Pairas, George; Manessi-Zoupa, Evy; Spyroulias, Georgios A; Cordopatis, Paul

    2009-08-01

    Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) is a key molecule of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system which is responsible for the control of blood pressure. For over 30 years it has become the target for fighting off hypertension. Many inhibitors of the enzyme have been synthesized and used widely in medicine despite the lack of ACE structure. The last 5 years the crystal structure of ACE separate domains has been revealed, but in order to understand how the enzyme works it is necessary to study its structure in solution. We present here the cloning, overexpression in Escherichia coli, purification and structural study of the Ala(959) to Ser(1066) region (ACE_C) that corresponds to the C-catalytic domain of human somatic angiotensin-I-converting enzyme. ACE_C was purified under denatured conditions and the yield was 6 mg/l of culture. Circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy indicated that 1,1,1-trifluoroethanol (TFE) is necessary for the correct folding of the protein fragment. The described procedure can be used for the production of an isotopically labelled ACE(959-1066) protein fragment in order to study its structure in solution by NMR spectroscopy.

  20. Pattern Formation and Chaotic Dynamics in a Cross-Flow Catalytic Converter with Kinetics of Detoxification of Exhaust Gases

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    Kohout, M.

    2012-01-01

    In this contribution, the range of patterns occurring due to interaction of transport and reactions characteristic of the three-way catalytic converter (TWC) have been explored. We examined whether and how spatiotemporal structures such as spatially nonhomogeneous steady states and travelling waves are produced. Furthermore we found that the system displays a wide variety of chaotic spatiotemporal patterns, which were examined in detail.

  1. Auto-thermal combustion of lean gaseous fuels utilizing a recuperative annular double-layer catalytic converter

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    Budzianowski, W.M. [Wroclaw Univ. of Technology, Wroclaw (Poland). Div. of Chemical and Biochemical Processes, Faculty of Chemistry; Miller, R. [Wroclaw Univ. of Technology, Wroclaw (Poland). Inst. of Power Engineering and Fluid Mechanics, Faculty of Mechanical and Power Engineering

    2008-08-15

    This study investigated the auto-thermal combustion of lean gaseous fuels in a recuperative annular double-layer catalytic converter. An analysis of the stationary and transient performance of annular converters was presented. The feasibility of lean gaseous mixture combustion in auto-thermally operated recuperative annular double-layer catalytic converters was investigated. The aim of the study was to build a process model using mass, energy, and momentum differential balances. The model was used to study the static behaviour of a recuperative annular double layer converter; an annular converter operating in transient conditions; and energy accumulation and recuperation interactions. The effects of fuel temperature, external cooling, and fuel concentration were examined. Results of the study showed that a substantial reduction of the inter- and intra-phase resistances to mass and heat transfer was obtained. It was demonstrated that the use of a low value for the substrate's thermal conductivity accelerated ignition and retarded extinction. The recuperative converter was able to transfer short-time inlet disturbances of various parameters due to the energy accumulation and temporal reversed recuperation which counteracted destructive overheating of the catalysts. The stability analyses showed stable and unstable branches of solutions for the different parameters of the recuperative converter. 21 refs., 1 tab., 23 figs.

  2. Impact of Hong Kong's Voluntary Catalytic Converter Replacement Programme on Roadside Air Quality

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    Simpson, I. J.; Guo, H.; Louie, P. K. K.; Luk, C.; Lyu, X.; Meinardi, S.; Yam, Y. S.; Blake, D. R.

    2015-12-01

    As part of its ongoing policies to improve roadside air quality, in 2013 the Hong Kong government launched an incentive programme to replace catalytic converters and oxygen sensors in taxis and light buses mainly fueled by liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). The majority of replacements occurred from October 2013 to April 2014, with 75% of eligible vehicles participating in the programme, or 16,472 vehicles. Based on taxi exhaust measurements at a Hong Kong vehicle testing facility, the concentrations of n-butane, propane and i-butane (the primary components of LPG) decreased by 97% following the replacements. To determine the impact of the programme on roadside air quality, long-term measurements of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were analyzed before, during and after the replacement programme, mainly at a busy roadside location in Mong Kok, Hong Kong. A clear decrease in the levels of major pollutants associated with LPG vehicle exhaust was observed at the roadside. For example, average (± 1 standard deviation) n-butane levels from October to April decreased from 13.0 ± 3.6 and 13.9 ± 2.6 ppbv in the two years preceding the programme, to 9.2 ± 2.9 ppbv during the programme, to 6.2 ± 1.7 ppbv the year after the programme. By contrast, compounds such as i-pentane that are not strongly associated with LPG or with LPG exhaust remained steady, averaging 0.90 ± 0.34, 1.01 ± 0.31, 0.93 ± 0.37, and 0.91 ± 0.42 ppbv from October to April of 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15, respectively. Impacts of the programme on roadside levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and ozone (O3) will also be discussed. Because many taxis are high mileage vehicles that travel several hundred kilometers daily, their catalytic converters need to be replaced approximately every 18 months. Therefore ongoing vehicle maintenance will be required in order to preserve the gains made from this initial subsidy programme.

  3. Evaluation and development of measurement components for a catalytic converter test system

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    Chan, A.K.

    1997-08-01

    The purpose of this research and development project was to evaluate and configure the components of a test system designed for the analysis of full-scale vehicle-aged automobile catalytic converters. The components tested included an exhaust gas analyzer for measuring hydrocarbon, CO, CO{sub 2} and O{sub 2} contents and a chemiluminescence detector (CLD) for measuring NO{sub x}, as well as thermocouples and pressure meters. A software package (TestPoint vers.2.Ob, Capital Equipment) was used to develop a computer-based data sampling and acquisition interface with the components and sensors connected to the test system. Tests of the Sun MGA-1200, a non-dispersive infrared (NDIR) analyzer, with CO, CO{sub 2} and various hydrocarbons (propane and octane) revealed sensitivity to large pressure changes (greater than 500 mbar). There was no significant cross-sensitivity between the gases except for the slight response of the hydrocarbon (HC) register to water vapor and CO. However, the low range of HC(5-30 vppm) expected in car exhaust after the converter means any cross-sensitivity could have an effect on the measurement, depending on measurement conditions. Tests of the EcoPhysics CLD 700 NO{sub x} meter also indicated sensitivity to pressure. An executable TestPoint run-time application was created to allow near real-time monitoring of the test system using a desktop computer. Nine channels of analog data are fed to a desktop computer via an A/D board and seven exhaust gas parameters through an RS-232C interface with the MGA-1200 23 refs, 32 figs, 10 tabs. Examination paper

  4. A study of measurement and analysis of flow distribution in a close-coupled catalytic converter

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    Cho, Y.S.; Kim, D.S. [Kookmin University, Seoul (Korea); Joo, Y.C. [Soonchunhyang University, Asan (Korea)

    2001-04-01

    In this study, results from an experimental and numerical study of flow distribution in a close-coupled catalytic converter (CCC) are presented. The experiments were carried out using a flow measurement system. Flow distribution at the exit of the first monolith in the CCC was measured using a pitot tube under steady and transient flow conditions. Numerical analysis was done using a CF D code at the same test conditions, and the results were compared with the experimental results. Experimental results showed that the uniformity index of exhaust gas velocity decreases as Reynolds number increases. Under the steady flow conditions, flow through each exhaust pipe concentrates on a small region of the monolith. Under the transient flow conditions, flow through each exhaust pipe with the engine firing order interacts with each other to spread the flow over the monolith face. The numerical analysis results support the experimental results, and help explain the flow pattern in the entry region of the CCC. (author). 6 refs., 8 figs.

  5. Evaluation of a catalyzed ceramic diesel particulate filter and catalytic converter on an underground mine vehicle

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    Bickel, K.L.; Majewski, W.A. [Bureau of Mines, Minneapolis, MN (United States)]|[Diesel Controls, Ltd., Willowdale, Ontario (Canada)

    1995-12-31

    The U.S. Bureau of Mines (USBM) and Diesel Controls Limited evaluated a new diesel emission control system on an underground mine vehicle. The system was a catalyzed ceramic wall-flow diesel particulate filter (CDPF) combined with an catalytic converter, or diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC). This paper describes the design and installation of the system on a load-haul-dump (LHD). The results of screening tests conducted by the USBM are also given. The screening tests were conducted to determine if the device`s particulate collection efficiency, regeneration temperature, and effect on gaseous hydrocarbon (HC) and carbon monoxide (CO) emissions changed over the period it was being used. The system was removed from the LHD and evaluated in the laboratory after operating for 308 and 1200 hours. After 308 hours of operation, laboratory testing revealed its particulate collection efficiency varied from 41.0 to 93.5 percent, depending on engine operating conditions. Its regeneration temperature was about 415{degrees}C. It reduced HC emissions by up to 97.6 percent, and CO by up to 95.0 percent. When tested in the laboratory after operating for 1200 hours on the vehicle, no significant change in performance was observed.

  6. Emission reduction from a diesel engine fueled by pine oil biofuel using SCR and catalytic converter

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    Vallinayagam, R.; Vedharaj, S.; Yang, W. M.; Saravanan, C. G.; Lee, P. S.; Chua, K. J. E.; Chou, S. K.

    2013-12-01

    In this work, we propose pine oil biofuel, a renewable fuel obtained from the resins of pine tree, as a potential substitute fuel for a diesel engine. Pine oil is endowed with enhanced physical and thermal properties such as lower viscosity and boiling point, which enhances the atomization and fuel/air mixing process. However, the lower cetane number of the pine oil hinders its direct use in diesel engine and hence, it is blended in suitable proportions with diesel so that the ignition assistance could be provided by higher cetane diesel. Since lower cetane fuels are prone to more NOX formation, SCR (selective catalyst reduction), using urea as reducing agent, along with a CC (catalytic converter) has been implemented in the exhaust pipe. From the experimental study, the BTE (brake thermal efficiency) was observed to be increased as the composition of pine oil increases in the blend, with B50 (50% pine oil and 50% diesel) showing 7.5% increase over diesel at full load condition. The major emissions such as smoke, CO, HC and NOX were reduced by 70.1%, 67.5%, 58.6% and 15.2%, respectively, than diesel. Further, the average emissions of B50 with SCR and CC assembly were observed to be reduced, signifying the positive impact of pine oil biofuel on atmospheric environment. In the combustion characteristics front, peak heat release rate and maximum in-cylinder pressure were observed to be higher with longer ignition delay.

  7. A methodical approach to modelling the mechanical stability of metallic catalytic converter substrates; Methodische Vorgehensweise zur Modellierung der mechanischen Stabilitaet von metallischen Katalysatortraegern

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    Guist, C. [Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW), Muenchen (Germany)

    2000-02-01

    Simulation is gaining increasing significance in automotive development, thanks to the advantages it brings with regard to cutting costs and reducing development time. A characteristic feature of simulation is that the solution is devised on a virtual plane, irrespective of the technical taks. Translating the technical system onto the virtual plane, or the modelling process, is critical to the outcome. This aspect is considered using the example of the simulation of the mechanical stability of metallic catalytic converter substrates (EMITEC) in a close-coupled arrangement on a BMW six-cylinder engine. The objective is to highlight the approach used in this process, as it is also transferable to other engineering tasks. (orig.) [German] Die Simulation nimmt aufgrund der sich dadurch bietenden Vorteile hinsichtlich Kosteneinsparung und Entwicklungszeitverkuerzung an Bedeutung bei der Fahrzeugentwicklung zu. Charakteristisch fuer die Simulation ist, dass die Loesung, unabhaengig von der technischen Aufgabenstellung, in der virtuellen Ebene erfolgt. Die Uebertragung des technischen Systems in die virtuelle Ebene, das Modellieren, stellt den erfolgsbestimmenden Schritt dar. Dieser Aspekt soll am Beispiel der Simulation der mechanischen Stabilitaet von metallischen Katalysatortraegern (Emitec) bei motornaher Anordnung an einem BMW-Sechszylindermotor betrachtet werden. Das Ziel ist, die dabei angewandte Methodik, die sich auch auf andere technische Aufgaben uebertragen laesst, darzustellen. (orig.)

  8. Correct Used and Trouble Diagnosis of Catalytic Converter%催化转化器的正确使用及故障诊断

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    蒋耘农; 杨亚东

    2001-01-01

    The paper introduces some cautions for correct use of catalyticconverter, i.e., correct use of lubrication oil, use of superior nonleaded gasoline, keep of better automotive working status, normal working condition of electronic control system of engine, installation of over heat alarm and etc. In addition, describes the trouble diagnosis of catalytic converter by using the comparing method of double waste-gases, the comparing method of cold and heat idle speed, the temperature differential method in idle speed, the vacuum measuring method and etc.%介绍了正确使用催化转化器的一些注意事项,即正确使用润滑油,使用高品质的无铅汽油,保持发动机良好的工作状态,发动机电控系统必须正常及安装过热报警器等。另外,阐述了利用两次废气对比法、冷热怠速对比法、怠速温差法及真空测量法等方法对催化转化器的故障诊断。

  9. Dissolution of Ceramic Monolith of Spent Catalytic Converters by Using Hydrometallurgical Methods / Rozpuszczanie Monolitu Ceramicznego Zużytych Katalizatorów Na Drodze Hydrometalurgicznej

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    Willner J.

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Catalytic converters contain the catalytic substance in their structure, which is a mixture of Platinum Group Metals (PGMs: platinum, palladium and rhodium. The prices of these metals and a growing demand for them in the market, make it necessary to recycle spent catalytic converters and recovery of PGMs. The ceramic monolith of catalytic converters is still a predominant material in its construction among of multitude of catalytic converters which are in circulation. In this work attempts were made to leach additional metals (excluding Pt from comminuted ceramic monolith. Classic leachant oxidizing media 10M H2SO4, HCl and H3PO4 were used considering the possibility of dissolution of the ceramic monolith.

  10. Effect of the Sequence of the Thermoelectric Generator and the Three-Way Catalytic Converter on Exhaust Gas Conversion Efficiency

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    Su, Chuqi; Tong, Naiqiang; Xu, Yuman; Chen, Shan; Liu, Xun

    2013-07-01

    The potential for thermoelectric exhaust heat recovery in vehicles has increased with recent improvements in the efficiency of thermoelectric generators (TEGs). The problem with using thermoelectric generators for vehicle applications is whether the device is compatible with the original vehicle exhaust system, which determines the quality of the exhaust gas treatment and the realization of energy conservation and emission reduction. Based on ANSYS CFX simulation analysis of the impact of two positional relationships between the TEG and three-way catalytic converter in the exhaust system on the working efficiency of both elements, it is concluded that the layout with the front three-way catalytic converter has an advantage over the other layout mode under current conditions. New ideas for an improvement program are proposed to provide the basis for further research.

  11. Oxidative destruction of biomolecules by gasoline engine exhaust products and detoxifying effects of the three-way catalytic converter.

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    Blaurock, B; Hippeli, S; Metz, N; Elstner, E F

    1992-01-01

    Aqueous solutions of engine exhaust condensation products were derived from cars powered by diesel or four-stroke gasoline engines (with and without three-way catalytic converter). The cars were operated on a static test platform. Samples of the different exhaust solutions accumulated in a Grimmer-type distillation trap (VDI 3872) during standard test programs (Federal Test Procedure) were incubated with important biomolecules. As indicators of reactive oxygen species or oxidative destruction, ascorbic acid, cysteine, glutathione, serum albumin, the enzymes glycerinaldehyde phosphate dehydrogenase and xanthine oxidase, and the oxygen free-radical indicator keto-methylthiobutyrate were used. During and after the incubations, oxygen activation (consumption) and oxidative destruction were determined. Comparison of the oxidative activities of the different types of exhaust condensates clearly showed that the exhaust condensate derived from the four-stroke car equipped with a three-way catalytic converter exhibited by far the lowest oxidative and destructive power. PMID:1283938

  12. Ignition harness for safeguarding of catalytic converter function and EMC. Zuendgeschirr zur Sicherung der Katalysatorfunktion und der EMV

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    Bergold, M.

    1994-10-01

    In modern electronically controlled petrol engines ignition reliability and the reduction of the electromagnetic interference caused by ignition are becoming more and more important. These requirements must be met by modern ignition cables with suppressor connectors, expecially with regard to protection of the catalytic converter and fault-free functioning of vehicle electronics, some of which are essential safety features, over the entire service life of the vehicle. Bosch develops and manufactures ignition harnesses with suppression at its Waiblingen location. (orig.)

  13. Experimental Investigation on Combined Effect of EGR and Three-way Catalytic Converter for IDI Diesel Engine.

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    P Suresh Kumar; Ramesh Kumar Donga; Sahoo, P. K.

    2013-01-01

    In the past few decades, an alternate source of energy has been the growing concern with respect to environment and energy reserves utilization. Also the enhancement of industrialization and motorization at global level has strengthened further towards the alternate energy sources like bio fuels etc. The objective of the research work was to effectively reduce the nitrogen oxides (NOX) emissions with the combination of exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and three-way catalytic converter fuelled ...

  14. Experimental Investigation on Combined Effect of EGR and Three-way Catalytic Converter for IDI Diesel Engine.

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    P. Suresh Kumar

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available In the past few decades, an alternate source of energy has been the growing concern with respect to environment and energy reserves utilization. Also the enhancement of industrialization and motorization at global level has strengthened further towards the alternate energy sources like bio fuels etc. The objective of the research work was to effectively reduce the nitrogen oxides (NOX emissions with the combination of exhaust gas recirculation (EGR and three-way catalytic converter fuelled with diesel, jatropha biodiesel (JBD and their blends at full load of indirect injection (IDI diesel engines. The engine was tested by diesel, 100% biodiesel (JB 100, blends of 80% diesel and 20% biodiesel (JB 20 and other blends like JB 40, JB 60 and JB 80. The engine characteristics with jatropha biodiesel were compared against those obtained using diesel fuel. From results it is observed that nitrogen oxide emissions of JBD are more than that diesel fuel. These high NOX emissions are due to the presence of unsaturated fatty acids and the advanced injection caused by the higher bulk modulus of JBD and their blends. A four stroke single cylinder water cooled IDI diesel engine was used for investigation. Nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and smoke were recorded and various engine performance parameters were also evaluated. The results and discussion based on the effect of emission controlling systems on engine performance and emission characteristics of JB 100, JB 80, JB 60, JB 40, JB 20 and diesel fuel without emission controlling systems. The performance parameters and nitrogen oxide emissions are measured and recorded for diesel fuel, JBD and their blends. The results showed that at 5% EGR + three way catalytic converter for JB 100, at 40% EGR + three way catalytic converter for JB 80, JB60 and JB 40. And at 35% EGR + three way catalytic converter for JB 20 and diesel fuels, the N0x emissions effectively reduced compared to without emission

  15. DESIGN NOTE: A compact catalytic converter for the production of para-hydrogen

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    Juarez, A. M.; Cubric, D.; King, G. C.

    2002-05-01

    The design and operation of a compact converter to produce a constant flow of para-hydrogen from normal hydrogen is described. The converter features a paramagnetic compound (nickel sulfate) that catalyses the conversion of ortho- to para-hydrogen at temperatures of 14-21 K. The converter has been tested by measuring rotationally resolved photoelectron spectra in the para-hydrogen produced. The percentage of the para-hydrogen species in the converted gas was determined to be >97%.

  16. Roadside Accumulation of Pt, Pd, Rh and Other Trace Elements From Automobiles: Catalytic Converter Attrition and Platinum-Group Element Mobility in the Roadside Environment.

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    Ely, J. C.; Dahlheimer, S. R.; Neal, C. R.

    2003-12-01

    Elemental abundances of Pt, Pd and Rh have been documented across the industrialized world in roadside environments due to attrition of automotive catalytic converters (Zereini and Alt, 2000, Anthropogenic PGE Emissions, Springer, 308pp; Ely et al., 2001, EnvSci&Tech, 35:3816-3822; Whiteley and Murray, 2003, SciTotEnv, in press). In our ongoing study, the highest reported roadside Pt abundance 1.8 ppm has been found immediately adjacent to the road at a field site in South Bend, IN, USA. Furthermore, initial studies show positive correlations of Pt, Pd and Rh with some trace elements (Ni, Cu, Zn and Pb), which has been confirmed by further analysis for these and other elements (Ce, Cr). It has been demonstrated that elements such as Ce are present in catalytic converters at concentrations of 100's ppm to 3-wt.%. These elements are also being attrited with Pt, Pd and Rh and aerially transported and deposited. Our field site was established next to US-933 adjacent to the Notre Dame campus. Areas were cleared of the top 2-4 cm of soil (removing surficial Pt, Pd and Rh) at 1, 5, 10 and 50 meters from the roadside. Within 3 months the 1-meter site contained 67% of the initial Rh and Pt concentrations and 100% of the initial Pd concentration. The sites at 5, 10 and 50 meters showed similar results, in some cases exceeding the initial concentrations. After 6 months the concentrations of Pt, Pd and Rh were all within error of the initial concentrations, indicating steady state abundances had probably been reached. Grass samples from each site showed that washed vs. unwashed samples were within error of each other, and there may be a slight enrichment (approx. 1 ppb) in the grasses of Pd and Pt, but this enrichment was independent of distance from the road. The steady-state situation suggests that the PGEs are being removed from the immediate roadside environment, which requires that the metals are being oxidized and/or complexed in such a way to facilitate transport. The

  17. Low-emission diesel engine with catalytic converter. Schadstoffarmer Dieselmotor mit Katalysator; Verminderung der Schadstoffemissionen bei Nutzfahrzeugdieselmotoren durch motorische Massnahmen. Abschlussbericht

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    Held, W.

    1994-01-01

    The report describes investigations for the purpose of reducing pollutant emissions in diesel engines. Subjects: State of the art; Experimental procedure; Fuel injection systems; Optimisation, mixing and combustion; Measures not involving engine reconstruction; Oxidative catalytic converters. (HW)

  18. A non-stationary model for catalytic converters with cylindrical geometry

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    Hoernel, J. -D.

    2006-01-01

    We prove some existence and uniqueness results and some qualitative properties for the solution of a system modelling the catalytic conversion in a cylinder. This model couples parabolic partial differential equations posed in a cylindrical domain and on its boundary.

  19. Automotive factory network renewal

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    Scicluna, Christopher

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this applied thesis was to plan, implement, and study the upgrading the network infrastructure in Valmet Automotive Oy, specifically in its Uusikaupunki factory. Valmet Automotive is a Finnish automotive service provider, focusing on premium vehicles, convertible roof systems and electric vehicles. The objective was to plan and implement a networking infrastructure that could support the load of a factory in full-scale production, while ensuring near-constant availability. T...

  20. Platinum levels in natural and urban soils from Rome and Latium (Italy): significance for pollution by automobile catalytic converter.

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    Cinti, D; Angelone, M; Masi, U; Cremisini, C

    2002-07-01

    Platinum concentrations in topsoil samples collected in 1992 (48) and in 2001 (16) from the urban area of Rome have been determined by ICP-MS. Concentrations in 47 soil samples collected in 1992 from natural sites of Latium (an area around Rome) have been determined for a first assessment of natural background levels. The Pt concentrations in Rome urban soils collected in 1992 range from 0.8 to 6.3 ng/g (mean = 3.8 +/- 1.0) overlapping the concentration range of natural soils from Latium (mean = 3.1 +/- 2.1 ng/g). No significant correlation has generally been found between Pt contents in the 'natural' soils and related bedrock or major pedogenetic parameters. These results suggest that there is no evidence of Pt pollution in Rome urban soils at that time, because the massive use of the automobile catalytic converter has only just started. Higher (up to six times more) Pt concentrations, than those measured in the 1992 samples, have been measured, in some cases, in Rome urban soils collected in 2001, suggesting a possible start of Pt accumulation because of the large-scale use in the last decade of automobile catalytic converters. At the same time, a clear decrease of lead levels in Rome urban soils with respect to the levels measured in 1992 has been observed, paralleling the decreasing number of lead gasoline-fuelled cars. Here we present one of the first systematic studies for defining background levels of Pt in Italian natural soils, thus allowing for monitoring, in the future, should any possible Pt pollution caused by the use of automobile catalytic converter, especially in urban soils, occur. PMID:12109480

  1. Platinum levels in natural and urban soils from Rome and Latium (Italy). Significance for pollution by automobile catalytic converter

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    Cinti, D.; Masi, U. [Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Universita ' La Sapienza' , 00185 Rome (Italy); Angelone, M.; Cremisini, C. [ENEA, TEIN CHIM, C.R.Casaccia, V. Anguillarese 301, 00060 S. M. Di Galeria, Rome (Italy)

    2002-07-03

    Platinum concentrations in topsoil samples collected in 1992 (48) and in 2001 (16) from the urban area of Rome have been determined by ICP-MS. Concentrations in 47 soil samples collected in 1992 from natural sites of Latium (an area around Rome) have been determined for a first assessment of natural background levels. The Pt concentrations in Rome urban soils collected in 1992 range from 0.8 to 6.3 ng/g (X=3.8{+-}1.0) overlapping the concentration range of natural soils from Latium (X=3.1{+-}2.1 ng/g). No significant correlation has generally been found between Pt contents in the 'natural' soils and related bedrock or major pedogenetic parameters. These results suggest that there is no evidence of Pt pollution in Rome urban soils at that time, because the massive use of the automobile catalytic converter has only just started. Higher (up to six times more) Pt concentrations, than those measured in the 1992 samples, have been measured, in some cases, in Rome urban soils collected in 2001, suggesting a possible start of Pt accumulation because of the large-scale use in the last decade of automobile catalytic converters. At the same time, a clear decrease of lead levels in Rome urban soils with respect to the levels measured in 1992 has been observed, paralleling the decreasing number of lead gasoline-fuelled cars. Here we present one of the first systematic studies for defining background levels of Pt in Italian natural soils, thus allowing for monitoring, in the future, should any possible Pt pollution caused by the use of automobile catalytic converter, especially in urban soils, occur.

  2. The catalytic converter - The all-purpose remedy for tractors?; Der Katalysator, ein Allheilmittel fuer den Traktor? Wirkung und Langzeitverhalten eines Abgaskatalysators an einem Obstbautraktor mit Dieselmotor

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    Stadler, E. [Eigenoessische Forschungsanstalt fuer Agrarwirtschaft und Landtechnik (FAT), Taenikon (Switzerland)

    2001-07-01

    This illustrated report by the Swiss Federal Research Institute for Agricultural Economics and Engineering examines the effect and long-term behaviour of an exhaust catalytic-converter system for a tractor used in orchards. The problems posed by the emissions from diesel engines in 'off-road' use like oxides of nitrogen, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, soot particles and obnoxious odours are discussed and attempts to solve these problems using catalytic converters are described. The report discusses the special health problems for personnel caused by diesel emissions in poorly ventilated workplaces such as orchards, vineyards and greenhouses. Details on a converter that was fitted experimentally to a tractor used in an orchard are given and results of measurements made on emissions, motor power and fuel consumption are presented and discussed in detail. The report is concluded with a summary of the main findings and recommends the installation of add-on catalytic converters for tractors used in poorly ventilated areas.

  3. Mathematical Model for Elliptic Torus of Automotive Torque Converter and Fundamental Analysis of Its Effect on Performance

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    Chunbao Liu; Changsuo Liu; Wenxing Ma

    2015-01-01

    Passenger car torque converters have been designed with an increasingly flatter profile in recent years for the purpose of achieving a weight saving and more compact size. However, a flatter design tends to result in the reduced hydrodynamic performance. To improve its performance, a new flat torus of elliptic type method concentrating on the solution to flat TC was put forward, and four torque converters of different flatness ratios were designed to judge the superiority of the flat torus de...

  4. THREE-WAY-CATALYTIC CONVERTERS: ANALYTICAL INVESTIGATION OF A TWO-PHASE MODELL I. SEPARATION METHOD

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    Volkmann, J.; Migranov, N.

    2010-01-01

    The two-phase-model describes the thermal and chemical behaviour of a three-way-catalytic onverter (TWC). According to this model energy, mass balance equations for gas and solid phase are taking into account. These equations are investigated by the separation of variables method in order to construct solutions.

  5. CFD simulation of the effect of upstream flow distribution on the light-off performance of a catalytic converter

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    Wu Guojiang [School of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China)]. E-mail: wugj@citiz.net; Song Tan [School of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China)

    2005-08-15

    This paper describes the evolutions of the distributions of temperature and concentration in the monolith during the cold-start period and the effects of the flow distributions in the monolith on the performance of a catalytic converter using numerical simulation. The effects of the flow distributions on the light-off, warm-up performance and the temporal variation of the solid temperature were studied through numerical simulation. The following conclusions were obtained from the predicted light-off curves and the steady conversion efficiency: (1) The light-off time increases and the total outlet conversion efficiency reduces as the flow uniformity index decreases, which is in good agreement with experimental results. (2) The conversion efficiency decreases due to the reduction of residence time caused by the increase of the velocity as the radius is reduced. The analyses on the distribution of temperature in the monolith show that the temperatures of the solid in the area near the front face of the substrate rise as the radius increases, and the radial gradient of the temperature of the solid becomes greater as the flow uniformity index decreases. An experiment on the flow distribution in a catalytic converter with a honeycomb spherical arc was conducted. Experimental results show that the flow distribution in the monolith can be improved greatly by installing the honeycomb spherical arc in the tapered inlet header with a penalty of a relatively small increase of pressure drop.

  6. Study of divided converter catalytic system satisfying quick warm up and high heat resistance

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    Takada, Toshihiro; Hirayama, Hiroshi; Itoh, Takaaki; Yaegashi, Takehisa [Toyota Motor Corp., Aichi (Japan)

    1996-09-01

    Catalyst specifications and converter layouts were studied to identify the high conversion performance under various in-use driving conditions, high mileage intervals and extended life cycle. The effects of volumes, configuration, selection and loading distribution of precious metals, additive components and substrate type for catalyst were studied on engine dynamometers and vehicle tests to optimize a catalyst converter system. Moreover, model gas experiments were conducted to analyze deterioration mechanisms and conversion characteristics of catalysts. As a result, the concept of a divided catalyst converter system, which provides separate functions for a close-coupled and an under-floor catalyst, was found to be effective for the future exhaust system. For reducing HC emissions, the close-coupled catalyst should warm up quickly and resist a high temperature. The under-floor catalyst, located at a rather low temperature position, is durable and maintains high NOx conversion.

  7. Characterization and application of an externally mounted catalytic converter for aircraft measurements of NOy

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    Lange, L.; Fischer, H.; Parchatka, U.; Gurk, C.; Zenker, T.; Harris, G. W.

    2002-08-01

    A novel design for an airborne NOy converter was implemented, characterized in the laboratory, and used extensively for in situ tropospheric and stratospheric measurements of total reactive nitrogen (NOy). During field deployments, the converter is mounted outside the aircraft fuselage, avoiding the need for an inlet line. In flight, the converter can be calibrated by the addition of standard gases close to the sample inlet, compensating for any changes in the instrument sensitivity caused by changing operating conditions. The system has been used successfully during several Stratosphere Troposphere Experiments by Aircraft Measurements campaigns in the lowermost stratosphere and upper troposphere for the measurement of total reactive nitrogen. The detection limit of the system is approximately 100 pptv for 10 s integrated data (2σ). The precision, deduced from the reproducibility of the in-flight calibrations, is 7% and the accuracy is about 30%. Laboratory studies demonstrate that interference from HCN, NH3, and CH3CN is negligible for background conditions.

  8. 汽车尾气催化器温度场的研究%Temperature fields in automotive catalytic converters

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    王翔; 王维城; 王栋; 王建昕

    2002-01-01

    为研究汽车尾气催化器在汽车启动过程中的温度场,建立了描述催化器内复杂物理化学过程的二维非稳态数理模型.利用热流体计算软件Phoenics1.4 对模型进行了稳态与非稳态的计算,分析了尾气流量、载体上贵金属活性中心表面积等对催化器温度场及其转化效率的影响.为验证模型的可靠性,在实际的发动机台架上研究了国产催化器内的温度场及其转化效率.研究表明: 加大尾气流量,增加载体上贵金属活性中心表面积等措施可加快催化器的起燃速度; 但当催化器接近稳态时,尾气流量越大,催化器的转化效率反而越低.

  9. Numerical Simulation of Automotive Catalytic Converters%车用催化转换器的数值模拟

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    许建民; 袁志群; 任恒山; 刘金武

    2009-01-01

    用CFD软件对2种不同形状扩张管的催化转换器的速度场、压力场和温度场进行了三维稳态流动数值模拟,模拟结果显示:入口扩张管的形状对催化转换器的气流分布有很大影响,采用圆滑过渡的入口扩张管,不仅可减少压力损失,而且可以使其内部速度分布和温度分布更加均匀.

  10. Targeted Catalytic Inactivation of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme by Lisinopril-Coupled Transition Metal Chelates

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    Joyner, Jeff C.; Hocharoen, Lalintip; Cowan, J. A.

    2012-01-01

    A series of compounds that target reactive transition metal chelates to somatic Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (sACE-1) have been synthesized. Half maximal inhibitory concentrations (IC50) and rate constants for both inactivation and cleavage of full length sACE-1 have been determined and evaluated in terms of metal-chelate size, charge, reduction potential, coordination unsaturation, and coreactant selectivity. Ethylenediamine-tetraacetic acid (EDTA), nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA), 1,4,7,10-tet...

  11. Mathematical Model for Elliptic Torus of Automotive Torque Converter and Fundamental Analysis of Its Effect on Performance

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    Chunbao Liu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Passenger car torque converters have been designed with an increasingly flatter profile in recent years for the purpose of achieving a weight saving and more compact size. However, a flatter design tends to result in the reduced hydrodynamic performance. To improve its performance, a new flat torus of elliptic type method concentrating on the solution to flat TC was put forward, and four torque converters of different flatness ratios were designed to judge the superiority of the flat torus design method. The internal flow characteristics were numerically investigated using CFD codes and resulted in good agreement with experimental data. The results indicate that the main cause of this performance degradation can be attributed to deterioration of the velocity fields of the pump, and a case of flatness ratio 0.8 illustrates the reason that the performance designed by the flat torus design method based on the elliptic shape is more excellent than that of the traditional one. Furthermore, this study proposed a structure of removal of inner ring to improve the performance of torque converter.

  12. Modelling of an SCR catalytic converter for diesel exhaust after treatment: Dynamic effects at low temperature

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    Tronconi, Enrico; Nova, Isabella; Ciardelli, Cristian [Dipartimento di Chimica, Materiali e Ingegneria Chimica ' G. Natta' , Politecnico di Milano, P.zza L. Da Vinci 32, 20133 Milano (Italy); Chatterjee, Daniel; Bandl-Konrad, Brigitte; Burkhardt, Thomas [DaimlerChrysler AG Abteilung RBP/C, HPC: 096-E220, D-70546 Stuttgart (Germany)

    2005-08-15

    As part of a fundamental and applied work on the development of an unsteady mathematical model of the NH{sub 3}-selective catalytic reduction (SCR) process for design and control of integrated after-treatment systems of heavy-duty engines, we present herein a transient kinetic analysis of the standard SCR NO+NH{sub 3} system which provides new insight in the catalytic kinetics and mechanism prevailing at low temperatures. Based on kinetic runs performed over a commercial powdered V{sub 2}O{sub 5}-WO{sub 3}-TiO{sub 2} catalyst in the 175-450{sup o}C T-range feeding NH{sub 3} and NO (1000ppm) in the presence of H{sub 2}O (1-10%, v/v) and O{sub 2} (2-6%, v/v), an original dual-site modified redox rate law is derived which effectively accounts for NH{sub 3} inhibition effects observed during transient reactive experiments at T<250{sup o}C. We also demonstrate that implementation of the novel modified redox kinetics into a fully predictive 1D+1D model of SCR monolith reactors can significantly improve simulations of SCR transient runs at different scales, including engine test bench experiments over full-scale SCR honeycomb catalysts.

  13. Synthetic Peptides as Structural Maquettes of Angiotensin-I Converting Enzyme Catalytic Sites

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    Zinovia Spyranti

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The rational design of synthetic peptides is proposed as an efficient strategy for the structural investigation of crucial protein domains difficult to be produced. Only after half a century since the function of ACE was first reported, was its crystal structure solved. The main obstacle to be overcome for the determination of the high resolution structure was the crystallization of the highly hydrophobic transmembrane domain. Following our previous work, synthetic peptides and Zinc(II metal ions are used to build structural maquettes of the two Zn-catalytic active sites of the ACE somatic isoform. Structural investigations of the synthetic peptides, representing the two different somatic isoform active sites, through circular dichroism and NMR experiments are reported.

  14. Laser Velocimeter Measurements in the Pump of an Automotive Torque Converter Part I – Effect of Speed Ratio

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    Steven B. Ainley

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available A torque converter was tested at four turbine/pump rotational speed ratios (0.200, 0.400, 0.600, and 0.800 all with a constant pump rotational speed in order to determine the effect of speed ratio on the torque converter pump flow field. Laser velocimetry was used to measure three components of velocity within the pump and a shaft encoder was employed to record the instantaneous pump angular position. Shaft encoder information was correlated with measured velocities to develop flow field blade-to-blade profiles and vector plots. Measurements were obtained in both the pump mid- and exit planes for all four speed ratios. Results showed large separation regions and jet/wake flows throughout the pump. The midplane flow was found to have strong counter-clockwise secondary components and the exit plane flow had strong clockwise secondary components. Mass flows were calculated from the velocity data and were found to decrease as the speed ratio was increased. Also, the vorticity and slip factors were calculated from the experimental data and are included. The mid-plane slip factors compare favorably to those for conventional centrifugal pumps but less slip was present in the exit plane than the mid-plane. Neither the slip factor nor the vorticity were seen to be strongly affected by the speed ratio. Finally, the torque core-to-shell and blade-to-blade torque distributions are presented for both planes.

  15. New data on the mobility of Pt emitted from catalytic converters.

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    Fliegel, Daniel; Berner, Zsolt; Eckhardt, Detlef; Stüben, Doris

    2004-05-01

    The mobility and speciation of Pt was investigated in dust deposited in highway tunnels and in gully sediments. For this, a sequential extraction technique was used in combination with a microwave digestion procedure, followed by detection of Pt with high resolution ICP-MS. A digestion procedure using HNO(3)/HCl/H(2)O(2) was developed and its efficiency tested for environmental materials. Total Pt contents ranged from approximately 100 to 300 microg/kg. The high share of chemically mobile Pt in the tunnel dust (up to about 40%) indicates that Pt is predominantly emitted in a mobile form from the converter. The absence of a mobile fraction in the gully sediment is explained by the elution of Pt by run-off. Except for the mobile and easily mobilised fractions none of the other fractions of the sequential extraction contains Pt, neither in the dust samples nor in the gully sediment.

  16. Control Oriented Modelling of Three-way Catalytic Converter%面向控制的三效催化转化器建模

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    何玲; 于秀敏; 许楠; 于洪洋

    2011-01-01

    为了利用Pt/Rh/CeO2/γAl2O3三效催化转化器的动态特性降低排放,开发了面向控制的三效催化转化器模型,将求解的Ce表面相对O2覆盖率(ROC)作为推理传感器,为控制器提供反馈信号准备.结果表明,面向控制的三效催化转化器模型精度满足要求,模型求解的氧存储能力(OSC)可用于OBD在线诊断三效催化转化器是否老化,并可准确求解三效催化转化器出口过量空气系数和Ce表面相对O2覆盖率.%A control oriented model of three-way catalytic converter was developed to reduce emission by using the dynamic characteristics of Pt/Ph/CeO2/γ-Al2O3 three-way catalytic converter. The calculated relative oxygen coverage of Ce surface was taken as the deduction sensor to provide feedback signal preparation for controller. The results show that precision of the control oriented model of three-way catalytic converter can meet the requirements and the calculated oxygen storage capacity (OSC) can be used to determine the aging state of the three-way catalytic converter through OBD online diagnosis. Moreover,the excess air ratio of the three-way catalytic converter outlet and relative oxygen coverage of Ce surface can be calculated correctly.

  17. Implications of platinum-group element accumulation along U.S. roads from catalytic-converter attrition.

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    Ely, J C; Neal, C R; Kulpa, C F; Schneegurt, M A; Seidler, J A; Jain, J C

    2001-10-01

    Automobile catalytic converters are dispersing platinum-group elements (PGEs) Rh, Pt, and Pd into the environment (1-3). This paper represents the first detailed study to assess the PGE content of soils and grasses from U.S. roadsides. These soils were analyzed using cation exchange pretreatment and ultrasonic nebulizer-ICP-MS (4). Highway and several urban sites showed Pt abundances of 64-73 ng/g immediately adjacent to the roadside, with corresponding Pd and Rh abundances of 18-31 ng/g and 3-7 ng/g, respectively. All Pt and most Pd and Rh abundances are statistically above local background soil values. Platinum, Rd, and Rh show positive correlations with traffic-related elements (Ni, Cu, Zn, and Pb) but no correlations with nontraffic-related elements (Y, Ga). Iridium and Ru show no correlations with any of these trace elements. These PGE abundances are comparable to European studies (5-7) and are approaching concentrations that would be economically viable to recover. This study also demonstrates transport of Pt statistically above background more than 50 m from the roadside. Further study is necessary to see how mobile the PGEs are in roadside environments, but these initial data indicate only Pt is taken up by plants. PMID:11642438

  18. LDV measurement, flow visualization and numerical analysis of flow distribution in a close-coupled catalytic converter

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    Kim, Duk Sang; Cho, Yong Seok [Kookmin Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2004-11-01

    Results from an experimental study of flow distribution in a Close-coupled Catalytic Converter (CCC) are presented. The experiments were carried out with a flow measurement system specially designed for this study under steady and transient flow conditions. A pitot tube was a tool for measuring flow distribution at the exit of the first monolith. The flow distribution of the CCC was also measured by LDV system and flow visualization. Results from numerical analysis are also presented. Experimental results showed that the flow uniformity index decreases as flow Reynolds number increases. In steady flow conditions, the flow through each exhaust pipe made some flow concentrations on a specific region of the CCC inlet. The transient test results showed that the flow through each exhaust pipe in the engine firing order, interacted with each other to ensure that the flow distribution was uniform. The results of numerical analysis were qualitatively accepted with experimental results. They supported and helped explain the flow in the entry region of CCC.

  19. The effects of the catalytic converter and fuel sulfur level on motor vehicle particulate matter emissions: gasoline vehicles.

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    Maricq, M Matti; Chase, Richard E; Xu, Ning; Podsiadlik, Diane H

    2002-01-15

    Scanning mobility and electrical low-pressure impactor particle size measurements conducted during chassis dynamometer testing reveal that neither the catalytic converter nor the fuel sulfur content has a significant effect on gasoline vehicle tailpipe particulate matter (PM) emissions. For current technology, port fuel injection, gasoline engines, particle number emissions are < or = 2 times higher from vehicles equipped with blank monoliths as compared to active catalysts, insignificant in contrast to the 90+% removal of hydrocarbons. PM mass emission rates derived from the size distributions are equal within the experimental uncertainty of 50-100%. Gravimetric measurements exhibit a 3-10-fold PM mass increase when the active catalyst is omitted, which is attributed to gaseous hydrocarbons adsorbing onto the filter medium. Both particle number and gravimetric measurements show that gasoline vehicle tailpipe PM emissions are independent (within 2 mg/mi) of fuel sulfur content over the 30-990 ppm concentration range. Nuclei mode sulfate aerosol is not observed in either test cell measurements or during wind tunnel testing. For three-way catalyst equipped vehicles, the principal sulfur emission is SO2; however a sulfur balance is not obtained over the drive cycle. Instead, sulfur is stored on the catalyst during moderate driving and then partially removed during high speed/load operation. PMID:11827063

  20. Bio-Diesel production and Effect of Catalytic Converter on Emission performance with Bio-Diesel Blends

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    R.Murali Manohar

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Bio-Diesel the word itself defines almost all the features of the Bio-Diesel literary. In the Era of this Global Warming where the people are making their living more and more comfortable and they are deteriorating the environment also. The uses of the automobiles with the conventional source of fuel leads to the production of the toxic gaseous substances like carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, oxide of sulphur, hydro-carbons etc. The limitation comes with the rise in the price of the fuel as well as the produce of the green house gases as the exhaust gas. In the present study, a new method has been employed to produce Bio-Diesel in a homely basis. Theproduction of the Bio-Diesel is done by using Bio-Diesel processor. It requires the used vegetable oil, methanol and the lye with the accurate proportionate. Generally, emissions of regulated compounds changed linearly with the blend level. The objective is to detect any posit ive or negative effects depending on blend levels, because conventional diesel fuel and biodiesel can be blended in every ratio. The known positive and negative effects of biodiesel varied accordingly and investigate the effect of Catalytic Converter on emission performance with Bio- Diesel Blends.

  1. FE-analysis of a catalytic converter during canning process and in operating state of the vehicle; FE-Analyse eines Katalysators beim Fertigungsprozess und im Fahrzeugbetrieb

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    Wenz, M.; Lakshminarayanan, Saravanan; Wirth, G.; Dong Ming [J. Eberspaecher GmbH und Co. KG, Esslingen (Germany)

    2006-01-01

    Since the introduction of three-way catalytic converter in exhaust system of spark-ignition engines in Europe had started during the year of the 1980s, the mechanical and thermal loads on this system has been considerably increased. The oscillation accelerations and temperatures of this part have increased because of shifting it from the under body construction unit to the manifold. The present article from Eberspaecher describers the FEM analysis of loads and safety factors of the mat materials in a catalytic converter during the canning process and in the operating state of the vehicle. The mounting of the ceramic substrate in the tin can takes place, like increasingly applied today, by usage of an aluminum oxide fiber mat. (orig.)

  2. Heat transfer and chemical kinetics in the exhaust system of a cold-start engine fitted with a three-way catalytic converter

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    Chan, S.H.; Hoang, D.L. [Nanyang Technological Univ., School of Mechanical and Production Engineering, Nanyang (Singapore); Zhou, P.L. [Newcastle upon Tyne Univ., Dept. of Marine Technology, Newcastle upon Tyne (United Kingdom)

    2000-10-01

    Modelling of cold-start engine exhaust behaviour is a difficult task as it involves complicated heat transfer processes associated with water condensation and evaporation at the walls of the exhaust manifold/pipe and monolith cells, and the chemical reactions of CO/HC/NO in the three-way catalytic converter. This paper presents a model that is capable of predicting the exhaust gas temperatures along the exhaust system and across the catalyst monolith, both spatially and temporally, from the moment when the engine is cranked. The conversions of CO/HC/NO to harmless carbon dioxide, water and nitrogen at the catalytic converter downstream have been validated satisfactorily by the experimental data. The distortion of measured NO emission data/signals due to the dynamic behaviour of the chemiluminescence analyser has been reconstructed by means of a signal inference technique before these signals were used to validate the predictive capability of the model developed. (Author)

  3. The SINOx catalytic converter for diesel engines, the optimum exhaust purification system for industrial vehicles; Der SINOx-Dieselkatalysator - das zukunftsweisende Abgasreinigungssystem fuer Lkw

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    Doelling, W.; Mathes, W. [Siemens AG, Redwitz (Germany)

    1997-07-01

    The SINOx catalytic converter system was developed by Siemens in cooperation with Iveco, Mercedes Benz and MAN. It removes nitric oxides and hydrocarbons from exhaust and reduces the number of particulate emissions. The SINOx catalytic converter system, which is currently being tested on the road, turns the diesel engine into an economical and clean drive system with good future prospects. (orig./AKF) [Deutsch] Das von Siemens in Zusammenarbeit mit Iveco, Mercedez Benz und MAN entwickelte SINOx-Katalysatorsystem beseitigt neben diesen Stickoxiden auch die Kohlenwasserstoffe aus dem Abgas und laesst die Partikelmasse sinken. Mit dem z.Z. im Strassentest befindlichen SINOx-Katalysator ist der Dieselmotor ein wirtschaftlicher und sauberer Antrieb fuer die Zukunft. (orig./AKF)

  4. Three-dimensional distribution analysis of platinum, palladium and rhodium in auto catalytic converters using imaging-mode laser-induced breakdown spectrometry

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    Lucena, Patricia; Laserna, J. Javier

    2001-02-01

    Laser-induced breakdown spectrometry (LIBS) is reported here as an effective technique to describe the volume distribution of platinum, rhodium and palladium in catalytic converters installed in motor vehicles. Using the second harmonic output of a Nd:YAG laser and a CCD-based atomic emission spectrometer, LIBS is used in multielemental, imaging-mode to permit the simultaneous analysis of the several elements present in the converter, including the internal standard. The data are reported with a lateral resolution of 1.75 mm over a fresh catalytic structure which is 128 mm long. The concentrational variability of the platinum group metals (PGMs) varies in the range ˜3-23% relative standard deviation depending on the element, the substrate and the direction investigated. The causes of the dispersion observed are discussed.

  5. Comparative Studies on Performance Parameters and Exhaust Emissions from Two Stroke Copper Coated Spark Ignition Engine with Alcohol Blended Gasoline with Catalytic Converter

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    S. Narasimha Kumar*1; M.V.S. Murali Krishna; P.V.K.Murthy

    2014-01-01

    Experiments were conducted to evaluate the performance and control the exhaust emissions from two-stroke, single cylinder, spark ignition (SI) engine, with alcohol blended gasoline (80% gasoline, 10% methanol, 10% ethanol by volume) having copper coated combustion chamber [CCCC, copper-(thickness, 300 µ) coated on piston crown, inner side of cylinder head] provided with catalytic converter with sponge iron as catalyst and compared with conventional SI engine (CE) with pure gas...

  6. Environmental risk of particulate and soluble platinum group elements released from gasoline and diesel engine catalytic converters

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    Moldovan, M.; Palacios, M.A.; Gomez, M.M. [Departamento de Quimica Analitica, Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 28040- Madrid (Spain); Morrison, G.; Rauch, S. [Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg (Sweden); McLeod, C.; Ma, R. [University of Sheffield, Sheffield (United Kingdom); Caroli, S.; Alimonti, A.; Petrucci, F.; Bocca, B. [Istituto Superiore di Sanita, Rome (Italy); Schramel, P.; Zischka, M. [GSF National Research Centre for Environment and Health, Neuherberg (Germany); Pettersson, C. [Scandiaconsult Sverige AB, Gothenburg (Sweden); Wass, U. [Volvo Technological Development Corporation, Gothenburg (Sweden); Luna, M. [Ford, Madrid (Spain); Saenz, J.C. [INTA Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aeroespacial, Madrid (Spain); Santamaria, J. [Seat, Barcelona (Spain)

    2002-09-16

    A comparison of platinum-group element (PGE) emission between gasoline and diesel engine catalytic converters is reported within this work. Whole raw exhaust fumes from four catalysts of three different types were examined during their useful lifetime, from fresh to 80000 km. Two were gasoline engine catalysts (Pt-Pd-Rh and Pd-Rh), while the other two were diesel engine catalysts (Pt). Samples were collected following the 91441 EUDC driving cycle for light-duty vehicle testing, and the sample collection device used allowed differentiation between the particulate and soluble fractions, the latter being the most relevant from an environmental point of view. Analyses were performed by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) (quadrupole and high resolution), and special attention was paid to the control of spectral interference, especially in the case of Pd and Rh. The results obtained show that, for fresh catalysts, the release of particulate PGE through car exhaust fumes does not follow any particular trend, with a wide range (one-two orders of magnitude) for the content of noble metals emitted. The samples collected from 30000-80000 km present a more homogeneous PGE release for all catalysts studied. A decrease of approximately one order of magnitude is observed with respect to the release from fresh catalysts, except in the case of the diesel engine catalyst, for which PGE emission continued to be higher than in the case of gasoline engines. The fraction of soluble PGE was found to represent less than 10% of the total amount released from fresh catalysts. For aged catalysts, the figures are significantly higher, especially for Pd and Rh. Particulate PGE can be considered as virtually biologically inert, while soluble PGE forms can represent an environmental risk due to their bioavailability, which leads them to accumulate in the environment.

  7. Effect of support on a catalytic converter for removing CO and HC emissions from a two-stroke motorcycle

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    Lee, C.H.; Chen, Y.W. [National Central Univ., Chungli (Taiwan, Province of China). Dept. of Chemical Engineering

    1997-12-01

    The effect of support on the noble metal catalysts for carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon oxidation was investigated. The reactions were performed under the stoichiometric and oxygen-deficient conditions. Under the stoichiometric point, the activities of the powder catalysts for CO and C{sub 3}H{sub 6} oxidation are in the order Pt/K{sub 2}O/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} > Pt/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} > Pt/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-SiO{sub 2}, that is, the same as the order of basicity of these catalysts. Under an oxygen-deficient condition, Pt supported on an acidic support, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-SiO{sub 2}, exhibits the higher C{sub 3}H{sub 6} conversion and the higher activity for the steam re-forming reaction. In contrast, Pt supported on a basic support, K{sub 2}O/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, exhibits the higher CO conversion and the higher activity for the water-gas shift reaction. The order of activity of the powder catalysts for the water-gas shift reaction is the same as the order of basicity of these catalysts. On the other hand, the testing results of the monolithic PtRh-containing catalysts by the simulative gases and the ECE-40 mode driving cycle also reveal the same trend as that of the Pt powder catalysts. Furthermore, the addition of K{sub 2}O on PtRh/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-CeO{sub 2} not only increases the basicity of the catalyst but also significantly reduces the CO emission under the ECE-40 mode driving cycle test. Therefore, K{sub 2}O could be a promising additive to a catalytic converter of a two-stroke motorcycle since it can significantly enhance CO conversion.

  8. Comparison of Properties of Tumor Necrosis Factor-α Converting Enzyme (TACE) and Some Matrix Metalloproteases (MMPs) in Catalytic Domains

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    2006-01-01

    The crystal structural data of TACE, MMP-1, MMP-2, MMP-3 and MMP-9 were obtained from PDB database, and then their catalytic domains' properties including conformation, molecular surface hydrophobicity and electrostatic potential were analyzed and compared by using Insight Ⅱ molecular modeling software. It was found that the conformation and molecular surface hydrophobicity of catalytic domains of TACE and MMPs were not obviously different, but the molecular surface electrostatic potential of catalytic domain of TACE and MMPs had obvious differences.The findings are helpful in the Rational Drug Design of TACE selective inhibitor.

  9. Reducing cold-start emission from internal combustion engines by means of a catalytic converter embedded in a phase-change material

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    Korin, E. [Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Beer-Sheva (Israel); Reshef, R.; Tschernichovesky, D.; Sher, E. [Ben-Gurion Univ. of the Negev, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Beer-Sheva (Israel)

    1999-11-01

    Under normal operating conditions, catalytic converters appear to be the most effective means of reducing air pollution from internal combustion (IC) engines. The conversion efficiency, however, declines very steeply for temperatures below about 350degC and is practically zero during the starting and warming-up period. Improving the conversion efficiency under these conditions is important, particularly in large cities, where the number of startings per vehicles per day tend to be high. Among the more successful solutions are preheating of the catalyst electrically, warming up of the catalyst in an external combustion chamber, installation of an auxiliary small-capacity catalytic converter, and employment of an adsorbing unit between two catalysts. Although these methods are quite effective, their disadvantage lies in the fact that they require an external energy source, an additional component (a control unit) or a three-stage catalyst. In the present work an investigation was made of a solution based on the exploitation of thermal capacitance to keep the catalyst temperature high during off-operation periods. A phase-change material (PCM) with a transition temperature of 352.7degC, which is slightly above the light-off temperature of the metallic catalyst, was specially formulated, and a system comprising a catalytic converter embedded in the PCM was designed and tested. Under normal engine operating conditions, some of the thermal energy of the exhaust gases was stored in the PCM. During the time that the vehicle was not in use, the PCM underwent partial solidification, and the latent heat thus produced was exploited to maintain the catalyst temperature within the desired temperature range for maximum conversion efficiency. (Author)

  10. The Effect of a Three-Way Catalytic Converter on Particulate Matter from a Gasoline Direct-Injection Engine During Cold-Start

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    Whelan, Ian; Timoney, David; Smith, William; et al

    2013-01-01

    This work investigates the effect of a three-way catalytic converter and sampling dilution ratio on nano-scale exhaust particulate matter emissions from a gasoline direct-injection engine during cold-start and warm-up transients. Experimental results are presented from a four cylinder in-line, four stroke, wall-guided direct-injection, turbo-charged and inter-cooled 1.6 litre gasoline engine. A fast-response particulate spectrometer for exhaust nano-particle measurement up to 1000 nm was util...

  11. The performance of a monolithic catalytic converter of automobile exhaust gas with oscillatory feeding of CO, NO, and O{sub 2}. A modelling study

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    Nievergeld, A.J.L.; Hoebink, J.H.B.J.; Marin, G.B. [Lab. voor Chemische Technologie, Eindhoven Univ. of Technology, Eindhoven (Netherlands)

    1995-12-31

    An isothermal monolithic catalytic converter of automobile exhaust gas was modelled in order to assess the effects of oscillatory feeding of CO, O{sub 2} and NO on the performance of the reactor. The influence of the temperature, frequency, and amplitude on the time average conversions was investigated. An improvement relative to the steady state conversion of 8% for CO and 30% for NO can be obtained. An explanation is given in terms of strongly changing surface coverage during cycling of the feed concentrations. 9 figs., 5 tabs., 16 refs.

  12. Numerical Simulation of Catalytic Converter ignition Characteristics%车用催化转化器起燃特性的数值模拟

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    高伟; 孙希

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, the two-dimensional geometric model and finite element of carrier single channel of a catalytic converter was established by using ANSYS Workbench software. In FLUENT software by using laminar flow finite-rate turbulence model, the ignition characteristics of catalytic converter was numerical simulated. The temperature、flow rate、pressure and the changing process of exhaust gas components in carrier was analyzed.These results basically reflect the actual situation of catalytic converter ignition process.The trend of velocity field, temperature field, pressure field and gas components mass fraction distribution are correct and reasonable. On the basis, The impact of carrier parameters on the catalytic converter ignition characteristic and conversion efficiency were analyzed.The inlet velocity and temperature of carrier were optimized.The simulated results show that the exhaust gas conversion rate increases with the increasing temperature of the inlet. When the inlet speed increases, exhaust gas conversion rate increases first and then reduces.%利用ANSYS Workbench软件建立某催化转化器载体单孔道二维几何模型及有限元模型,在FLUENT软件中,采用层流有限速率湍流模型,对其起燃特性进行了数值模拟,分析了载体内温度、流速、压力及尾气各气体组分的变化过程,基本上反映了催化转化器起燃过程的实际情况,所得到的速度场、温度场、压力场和各组分质量分数分布图趋势均正确合理。在此基础上,分析了载体参数对催化转化器起燃特性和转化效率的影响,并对载体入口速度和温度进行了优化设计。结果表明,尾气各气体转化率随着入口温度的增加而增加,当入口速度增加时,尾气各气体转化率先增加后减小。

  13. Comparison between a Water-Based and a Solvent-Based Impregnation Method towards Dispersed CuO/SBA-15 Catalysts: Texture, Structure and Catalytic Performance in Automotive Exhaust Gas Abatement

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    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Supported copper oxide nanoparticles are a potential candidate for replacing the rare and expensive precious metals within the automotive three-way catalyst. However, a well-designed dispersion method is necessary to allow a stable high loading of active material, compensating its lower intrinsic activity and stability. In this work, a CuO-loaded SBA-15 catalyst has been manufactured by two methods. The ammonia-driven deposition precipitation (ADP and the molecular designed dispersion (MDD methods are both considered as efficient deposition methods to provide well-dispersed copper oxide-based catalysts. Their morphology, copper dispersion and the chemical state of copper were characterized and compared. Due to the differences in the synthesis approach, a difference in the obtained copper oxide phases has been observed, leading to a distinct behavior in the catalytic performance. The structure-activity correlation of both catalysts has also been revealed for automotive exhaust gas abatement. Results demonstrate that various copper species can be formed depending on the precursor–support interaction, affecting selectivity and conversion during the catalytic reaction.

  14. Study on the best packaging technology of catalytic converter%催化转换器最优封装工艺研究

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    徐火青; 齐喜岑; 李金阁; 句孝飞

    2012-01-01

    In this paper,the results of the temperature fields were applied to the mechanical field with thermal-mechanical coupled, which based on the welding thermo-elastic-plastic finite element analysis theory,taking into account the material mechanical properties with temperature and strain hardening.The welding residual stress fields and the welding deformation of three catalytic converters were simulated by SYSWELD.Finally,three catalytic converters were compared from the welding residual stress,welding deformation,manufacturing time and hot-crack resistance, and the better manufacturing technology was proposed.%通过热-力单向耦合,将温度场结果施加到应力场上,依据焊接热弹塑性有限元分析理论,考虑到材料随温度变化的力学性能以及材料的应变强化,对三种封装工艺的催化转换器进行应力和变形的数值模拟.最后,从残余应力、变形、封装时间和焊缝抗热裂性等方面对比三种封装工艺的催化转换器,从实际生产效率和产品质量的角度,得出较好的封装焊接工艺.

  15. In situ deposition of silver and palladium nanoparticles prepared by the polyol process, and their performance as catalytic converters of automobile exhaust gases

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    Bonet, F.; Grugeon, S.; Herrera Urbina, R.; Tekaia-Elhsissen, K.; Tarascon, J.-M.

    2002-04-01

    In situ deposition of silver particles onto alumina and palladium particles onto mixed CeZr oxides has been achieved upon chemical reduction of the corresponding metal species (AgNO 3 and PdCl 2) by ethylene glycol in the presence of polyvinylpyrrolidone. The support oxide powders were found to keep their crystalline structure and morphology after treatment with hot ethylene glycol while the BET surface area decreased after metal deposition. Microprobe maps obtained from energy dispersive X-ray analysis revealed a homogeneous distribution of metal nanoparticles on the surfaces of alumina and of the mixed CeZr oxides. Supported silver and palladium were tested as catalytic converters of simulated exhaust automobile gases. The catalytic activity of silver-loaded alumina powder catalyst for CO and hydrocarbon oxidation as well as NO and NO x reduction, was found to be higher than that of a reference silver catalyst. Palladium-loaded mixed CeZr oxides powder catalyst showed a similar performance to that of a reference palladium catalyst as a three-way catalyst converter.

  16. Study on Noise Characteristics of Vehicle Catalytic Converters%基于GT-Power的车用催化器消声特性研究

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    芮鹏飞; 刘志恩; 颜伏伍; 谢志清

    2012-01-01

    This article conducts an experiment test and simulation researches on one section of vehicle catalytic converters. Using white noise test method to obtain its transmission loss and realizing simulation analysis of its sound characteristics based on GT-Power software. Experimental results show that catalytic converters have obvious silencer band and pass-by noise. The top sound attenuation reaches 20 dB. The transmission plot of single-pipe model which has the same porosity with the converter is close to the experimental plot, however, with lower attenuation. The porosity, number and diameter of pipes in the carrier have important influence on transmission loss. Double bed converter has higher TL than single bed. TL of double level converters also increases a lot than single level, which improves sound attenuation obvious-ly.%对一款车用催化器的消声特性进行了试验测试和仿真研究.利用白噪声测试法获得其传声损失,基于GT-Power软件实现了对其声学性能的仿真分析.试验结果表明催化器具有明显的消声频段和通过噪声,峰值消声量可达到20 dB;与催化器孔隙率相等的单管催化器模型传声损失曲线形状与试验结果接近,但消声量偏低;催化器载体的孔隙率以及管径、管数对传声损失有重要影响;双床催化器较单床催化器传声损失有较大提高,两级催化器较单级催化器传声损失也有很大的提高,消声特性改善明显.

  17. Influence of fuel properties, nitrogen oxides, and exhaust treatment by an oxidation catalytic converter on the mutagenicity of diesel engine emissions

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    Buenger, Juergen; Bruening, Thomas [Ruhr University Bochum, Research Institute for Occupational Medicine of the Institutions for Statutory Accident Insurance and Prevention (BGFA), Bochum (Germany); Krahl, Juergen; Schroeder, Olaf [Federal Agricultural Research Centre, Institute of Biosystems Engineering, Braunschweig (Germany); Weigel, Andreas; Mueller, Michael; Hallier, Ernst; Westphal, Goetz [University of Goettingen, Department of Occupational and Social Medicine, Gottingen (Germany)

    2006-08-15

    Particle emissions of diesel engines (DEP) content polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) these compounds cause a strong mutagenicity of solvent extracts of DEP. We investigated the influence of fuel properties, nitrogen oxides (NO{sub x}), and an oxidation catalytic converter (OCC) on the mutagenic effects of DEP. The engine was fuelled with common diesel fuel (DF), low-sulphur diesel fuel (LSDF), rapeseed oil methyl ester (RME), and soybean oil methyl ester (SME) and run at five different load modes in two series with and without installation of an OCC in the exhaust pipe. Particles from the cooled and diluted exhaust were sampled onto glass fibre filters and extracted with dichloromethane in a soxhlet apparatus. The mutagenicity of the extracts was tested using the Salmonella typhimurium/mammalian microsome assay with tester strains TA98 and TA100. Without OCC the number of revertant colonies was lower in extracts of LSDF than in extracts of DF. The lowest numbers of revertant colonies were induced by the plant oil derived fuels. In three load modes, operation with the OCC led to a reduction of the mutagenicity. However, direct mutagenic effects under heavy duty conditions (load mode A) were significantly increased for RME (TA98, TA100) and SME (TA98). A consistent but not significant increase in direct mutagenicity was observed for DF and LSDF at load mode A, and for DF at idling (load mode E) when emissions were treated with the OCC. These results raise concern over the use of oxidation catalytic converters with diesel engines. We hypothesise that the OCC increases formation of direct acting mutagens under certain conditions by the reaction of NO{sub x} with PAH resulting in the formation of nitrated-PAH. Most of these compounds are powerful direct acting mutagens. (orig.)

  18. Influence of fuel properties, nitrogen oxides, and exhaust treatment by an oxidation catalytic converter on the mutagenicity of diesel engine emissions.

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    Bünger, Jürgen; Krahl, Jürgen; Weigel, Andreas; Schröder, Olaf; Brüning, Thomas; Müller, Michael; Hallier, Ernst; Westphal, Götz

    2006-08-01

    Particle emissions of diesel engines (DEP) content polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) these compounds cause a strong mutagenicity of solvent extracts of DEP. We investigated the influence of fuel properties, nitrogen oxides (NO( x )), and an oxidation catalytic converter (OCC) on the mutagenic effects of DEP. The engine was fuelled with common diesel fuel (DF), low-sulphur diesel fuel (LSDF), rapeseed oil methyl ester (RME), and soybean oil methyl ester (SME) and run at five different load modes in two series with and without installation of an OCC in the exhaust pipe. Particles from the cooled and diluted exhaust were sampled onto glass fibre filters and extracted with dichloromethane in a soxhlet apparatus. The mutagenicity of the extracts was tested using the Salmonella typhimurium/mammalian microsome assay with tester strains TA98 and TA100. Without OCC the number of revertant colonies was lower in extracts of LSDF than in extracts of DF. The lowest numbers of revertant colonies were induced by the plant oil derived fuels. In three load modes, operation with the OCC led to a reduction of the mutagenicity. However, direct mutagenic effects under heavy duty conditions (load mode A) were significantly increased for RME (TA98, TA100) and SME (TA98). A consistent but not significant increase in direct mutagenicity was observed for DF and LSDF at load mode A, and for DF at idling (load mode E) when emissions were treated with the OCC. These results raise concern over the use of oxidation catalytic converters with diesel engines. We hypothesise that the OCC increases formation of direct acting mutagens under certain conditions by the reaction of NO( x ) with PAH resulting in the formation of nitrated-PAH. Most of these compounds are powerful direct acting mutagens. PMID:16555046

  19. EMISSION REDUCTION FROM A DIESEL ENGINE FUELED BY CERIUM OXIDE NANO-ADDITIVES USING SCR WITH DIFFERENT METAL OXIDES COATED CATALYTIC CONVERTER

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    B. JOTHI THIRUMAL

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    Full Text Available This paper reports the results of experimental investigations on the influence of the addition of cerium oxide in nanoparticle form on the major physiochemical properties and the performance of diesel. The fuel is modified by dispersing the catalytic nanoparticle by ultrasonic agitation. The physiochemical properties of sole diesel fuel and modified fuel are tested with ASTM standard procedures. The effects of the additive nanoparticles on the individual fuel properties, the engine performance, and emissions are studied, and the dosing level of the additive is optimized. Cerium oxide acts as an oxygen-donating catalyst and provides oxygen for the oxidation of CO during combustion. The active energy of cerium oxide acts to burn off carbon deposits within the engine cylinder at the wall temperature and prevents the deposition of non-polar compounds on the cylinder wall which results in reduction in HC emission by 56.5%. Furthermore, a low-cost metal oxide coated SCR (selective catalyst reduction, using urea as a reducing agent, along with different types of CC (catalytic converter, has been implemented in the exhaust pipe to reduce NOx. It was observed that a reduction in NOx emission is 50–60%. The tests revealed that cerium oxide nanoparticles can be used as an additive in diesel to improve complete combustion of the fuel and reduce the exhaust emissions significantly.

  20. Electrochemical behaviour of metal hexacyanoferrate converted to metal hydroxide films immobilized on indium tin oxide electrodes-Catalytic ability towards alcohol oxidation in alkaline medium

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    Graphical abstract: - Abstract: In this work, we demonstrate a simple method to modify indium tin oxide (ITO) electrodes in order to perform electro-catalytic oxidation of alcohols in alkaline medium. Metal hexacyanoferrate (MHCF) films such as nickel hexacyanoferrate (NiHCF) and copper hexacyanoferrate (CuHCF) were successfully immobilized on ITO electrodes using an electrochemical method. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were employed to characterize the structural and morphological aspects of MHCF films. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) was used to study the redox properties and to determine the surface coverage of these films on ITO electrodes. Electrochemical potential cycling was carried out in alkaline medium in order to alter the chemical structure of these films and convert to their corresponding metal hydroxide films. SEM and XPS were performed to analyze the structure and morphology of metal hydroxide modified electrodes. Electro-catalytic oxidation ability of these films towards methanol and ethanol in alkaline medium was investigated using CV. From these studies we found that metal hydroxide modified electrodes show a better catalytic performance and good stability for methanol oxidation along with the alleviation of CO poisoning effect. We have obtained an anodic oxidation current density of ∼82 mA cm-2 for methanol oxidation, which is at least 10 fold higher than that of any metal hydroxide modified electrodes reported till date. The onset potential for methanol oxidation is lowered by ∼200 mV compared to other chemically modified electrodes reported. A plausible mechanism was proposed for the alcohol oxidation based on the redox properties of these modified electrodes. The methodology adapted in this work does not contain costlier noble metals like platinum and ruthenium and is economically viable.

  1. Precious Metals in Automotive Technology: An Unsolvable Depletion Problem?

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    Ugo Bardi

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Since the second half of the 20th century, various devices have been developed in order to reduce the emissions of harmful substances at the exhaust pipe of combustion engines. In the automotive field, the most diffuse and best known device of this kind is the “three way” catalytic converter for engines using the Otto cycle designed to abate the emissions of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and unburnt hydrocarbons. These catalytic converters can function only by means of precious metals (mainly platinum, rhodium and palladium which exist in a limited supply in economically exploitable ores. The recent increase in prices of all mineral commodities is already making these converters significantly expensive and it is not impossible that the progressive depletion of precious metals will make them too expensive for the market of private cars. The present paper examines how this potential scarcity could affect the technology of road transportation worldwide. We argue that the supply of precious metals for automotive converters is not at risk in the short term, but that in the future it will not be possible to continue using this technology as a result of increasing prices generated by progressive depletion. Mitigation methods such as reducing the amounts of precious metals in catalysts, or recycling them can help but cannot be considered as a definitive solution. We argue that precious metal scarcity is a critical factor that may determine the future development of road transportation in the world. As the problem is basically unsolvable in the long run, we must explore new technologies for road transportation and we conclude that it is likely that the clean engine of the future will be electric and powered by batteries.

  2. Evaluation of an EMITEC resistively heated metal monolith catalytic converter on two M100 neat methanol-fueled vehicles

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    Piotrowski, Gregory K.; Schaefer, Ronald M.

    1992-12-01

    The report describes the evaluation of a resistively heated catalyst system on two different methanol fueled vehicles. The EMITEC catalyst consisted of a compact resistively heated metal monolith in front of a larger conventional main converter. The EMITEC catalyst was evaluated on two neat methanol-fueled vehicles, a 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit and a 1988 Toyota Corolla. Emission testing was conducted over the Federal Test Procedure (FTP) CVS-75 test cycle. The emissions of primary interest were cold start methanol (unburned fuel), carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde.

  3. Oxidative leaching process with cupric ion in hydrochloric acid media for recovery of Pd and Rh from spent catalytic converters

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    Nogueira, C.A., E-mail: carlos.nogueira@lneg.pt [Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia, I.P., Campus do Lumiar, 1649-038 Lisboa (Portugal); Paiva, A.P., E-mail: appaiva@fc.ul.pt [Centro de Química e Bioquímica, Departamento de Química e Bioquímica, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, 1749-016 Lisboa (Portugal); Oliveira, P.C. [Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia, I.P., Campus do Lumiar, 1649-038 Lisboa (Portugal); Costa, M.C., E-mail: mcorada@ualg.pt [Centro de Ciências do Mar, Departamento de Química e Farmácia, Faculdade de Ciências e de Tecnologia, Campus de Gambelas, 8005-139 Faro (Portugal); Costa, A.M. Rosa da, E-mail: amcosta@ualg.pt [Centro de Investigação em Química do Algarve, Departamento de Química e Farmácia, Faculdade de Ciências e de Tecnologia, Campus de Gambelas, 8005-139 Faro (Portugal)

    2014-08-15

    Highlights: • A new leaching process based on Cu{sup 2+}/HCl media for recovering Pd and Rh from spent autocatalytic converters is presented. • Palladium and rhodium were efficiently leached, with attained maximum yields of 95% and 86%, respectively. • Temperature, time, and HCl and Cu{sup 2+} concentrations were found to be significant factors in the leaching of Pd and Rh. - Abstract: The recycling of platinum-group metals from wastes such as autocatalytic converters is getting growing attention due to the scarcity of these precious metals and the market pressure originated by increase of demand in current and emerging applications. Hydrometallurgical treatment of such wastes is an alternative way to the most usual pyrometallurgical processes based on smelter operations. This paper focuses on the development of a leaching process using cupric chloride as oxidising agent, in HCl media, for recovery of palladium and rhodium from a spent catalyst. The chloride media allows the adequate conditions for oxidising and solubilising the metals, as demonstrated by equilibrium calculations based on thermodynamic data. The experimental study of the leaching process revealed that Pd solubilisation is clearly easier than that of Rh. The factors temperature, time, and HCl and Cu{sup 2+} concentrations were significant regarding Pd and Rh leaching, the latter requiring higher factor values to achieve the same results. Leaching yields of 95% Pd and 86% Rh were achieved under optimised conditions (T = 80 °C, t = 4 h, [HCl] = 6 M, [Cu{sup 2+}] = 0.3 M)

  4. 汽车排气催化转化器中的现象分析%Analysis of the phenomena in automotive catalytic converters

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    冯长根; 王亚军; 王丽琼; 游少雄; 安琴

    2000-01-01

    催化转化器己广泛用于汽车排放控制,深入了解其中发生的现象对改进催化剂和转化器的设计以及建立合理的转化器模型都具有重要意义.本文分析了整装催化转化器中发生的现象,其中主要物理、化学过程包括传热、传质、气流分布、化学动力学过程、储放氧和催化剂中毒等.

  5. 应用数值模型分析汽车催化器的性能参数%Numerical Analysis on Performance of Automotive Catalytic Converters

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    宋金瓯; 邬静川; 邓康耀; 解茂昭

    2000-01-01

    本文介绍了催化器非稳态数学模型,并利用非稳态模型分析了催化器性能的各种影响因素,如催化剂的装载量、装载方式、载体结构参数及催化器安装位置.

  6. Study of the Matching of Catalytic Converter with Automotive Engines%催化转化器与发动机匹配研究

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    董力平; 侯献军; 阮杰; 杜传进

    2000-01-01

    论述了不良设计对催化转化器及发动机的危害,举例说明了匹配设计所需的有效而科学的手段,认为良好的匹配设计将给国产催化剂带来广阔的市场应用空间.

  7. 车用三效催化转化器发展概况%Advance of automotive three way catalytic converter

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    阎存仙; 何凤英

    2002-01-01

    从载体及三效催化剂角度论述了车用三效催化转化器的发展;指出了影响车用三效催化转化器性能的因素,这些因素的作用是协同的;为提高催化转化器的性能,必须采用系统的方法对其进行优化设计.

  8. 车用催化转化器流场的数值模拟%Numerical Simulation of Automotive Catalytic Converters

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    帅石金; 王建昕; 庄人隽

    2000-01-01

    本文用当量连续法建立了蜂窝载体的流体力学模型,并用CFD软件对整个催化器的流场进行了稳态流动数值模拟.模拟结果显示:气流在圆锥管壁面附近出现了分离并产生较强的扰动,造成气流局部压力损失和载体前气流速度分布不均匀;此外,扩张角越大,催化器流速分布不均匀性和压力损失越大,但当扩张角增大到一定程度后,扩张角对流速分布和压力损失的影响变小.

  9. Gas Flow Features of Automotive Catalytic Converters%车用催化转换器气流特性分析

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    许建民; 袁志群; 任恒山; 刘金武

    2009-01-01

    用CFD软件对三种不同入口扩张管角度的催化转换器的速度场、压力场进行了三维稳态流动数值模拟.模拟结果显示.入口扩张管的角度对催化转换器的气流分布有很大影响,采用较小角度的入口扩张管,不仅可减少压力损失,而且可以使其内部速度分布更加均匀.

  10. Numerical Simulation of Internal Flow Field and Structure Optimization of SCR Catalytic Converter%SCR催化转化器内流场数值模拟与结构改进

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    高伟; 邓召文

    2012-01-01

    利用计算流体动力学(CFD)软件,对结构改进前后的SCR催化转化器内流场进行了三维稳态流动数值模拟,对比分析了改进前后两种不同结构的催化转化器内流动特性.模拟结果显示:结构因素对催化转化器的内流动特性有很大影响,通过结构改进,减小了压力损失,使其内部速度分布和温度分布更加均匀.%The numerical simulation of three-dimension steady state flow is carried out on the internal flow filed of SCR catalytic converters before and after structure optimization, by using the computational fluid dynamics ( CFD) code. The internal flow characteristics of two different SCR catalytic converters have been contrastively analyzed. The results show that; the structure factor has a great impact on the flow of catalytic converters. Through the improvement of structure, the pressure loss can be reduced, which makes velocity and temperature distribution in the catalytic converters to be more uniform.

  11. Fast automotive diesel exhaust measurement using quantum cascade lasers

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    Herbst, J.; Brunner, R.; Lambrecht, A.

    2013-12-01

    Step by step, US and European legislations enforce the further reduction of atmospheric pollution caused by automotive exhaust emissions. This is pushing automotive development worldwide. Fuel efficient diesel engines with SCRtechnology can impede NO2-emission by reduction with NH3 down to the ppm range. To meet the very low emission limits of the Euro6 resp. US NLEV (National Low Emission Vehicle) regulations, automotive manufacturers have to optimize continuously all phases of engine operation and corresponding catalytic converters. Especially nonstationary operation holds a high potential for optimizing gasoline consumption and further reducing of pollutant emissions. Test equipment has to cope with demanding sensitivity and speed requirements. In the past Fraunhofer IPM has developed a fast emission analyzer called DEGAS (Dynamic Exhaust Gas Analyzer System), based on cryogenically cooled lead salt lasers. These systems have been used at Volkswagen AG`s test benches for a decade. Recently, IPM has developed DEGAS-Next which is based on cw quantum cascade lasers and thermoelectrically cooled detectors. The system is capable to measure three gas components (i.e. NO, NO2, NH3) in two channels with a time resolution of 20 ms and 1 ppm detection limits. We shall present test data and a comparison with fast FTIR measurements.

  12. Oxidative leaching process with cupric ion in hydrochloric acid media for recovery of Pd and Rh from spent catalytic converters.

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    Nogueira, C A; Paiva, A P; Oliveira, P C; Costa, M C; da Costa, A M Rosa

    2014-08-15

    The recycling of platinum-group metals from wastes such as autocatalytic converters is getting growing attention due to the scarcity of these precious metals and the market pressure originated by increase of demand in current and emerging applications. Hydrometallurgical treatment of such wastes is an alternative way to the most usual pyrometallurgical processes based on smelter operations. This paper focuses on the development of a leaching process using cupric chloride as oxidising agent, in HCl media, for recovery of palladium and rhodium from a spent catalyst. The chloride media allows the adequate conditions for oxidising and solubilising the metals, as demonstrated by equilibrium calculations based on thermodynamic data. The experimental study of the leaching process revealed that Pd solubilisation is clearly easier than that of Rh. The factors temperature, time, and HCl and Cu(2+) concentrations were significant regarding Pd and Rh leaching, the latter requiring higher factor values to achieve the same results. Leaching yields of 95% Pd and 86% Rh were achieved under optimised conditions (T = 80 °C, t = 4h, [HCl] = 6M, [Cu(2+)] = 0.3M).

  13. Effect of K{sub 2}O on a Pd-containing catalytic converter for removing CO and HC emissions from a two-stroke motorcycle

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    Lee, C.H.; Chen, Y.W. [National Central Univ., Chung-Li (Taiwan, Province of China). Dept. of Chemical Engineering

    1998-04-01

    Noble metals (Pt, Pd, and Rh) supported on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, K{sub 2}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, CeO{sub 2}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and K{sub 2}O/CeO{sub 2}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} were prepared and characterized with respect to surface area, pore volume, and temperature-programmed desorption of CO{sub 2}. The effects of K{sub 2}O on the noble-metal catalysts for carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon oxidation were investigated. The reactions were carried out under the stoichiometric and oxygen-deficient conditions. Under the stoichiometric point, the Pd-containing catalysts exhibit higher activity than the Pt-containing catalysts for both CO and C{sub 3}H{sub 6} oxidation. Moreover, Pd/K{sub 2}O/CeO{sub 2}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} is the most active catalyst among the powder catalysts in this study. Under the oxygen-deficient conditions and in the presence of water, the CO conversions on Pd/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Pd/CeO{sub 2}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} are significantly lower than those on Pt/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Pt/CeO{sub 2}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, respectively. In contrast, the Pd-containing catalysts exhibit higher C{sub 3}H{sub 6} conversion than the Pt-containing catalysts. However, the CO conversions on the Pd-containing catalysts can be promoted by the addition of K{sub 2}O. On the other hand, the test results of the monolithic catalysts revealed that the CO conversion on PdRh/K{sub 2}O/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}--CeO{sub 2} is quite close to that on PtRh/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-CeO{sub 2} under the simulative gases and the ECE-40 mode driving cycle test. PtRh/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-CeO{sub 2} is the typical composition of catalytic converters for two-stroke motorcycles. It infers that PdRh/K{sub 2}O/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-CeO{sub 2} is a promising catalytic converter for a two-stroke motorcycle.

  14. 某汽油机催化器系统的CFD分析%CFD Analysis on Catalytic Converter System of Gasoline Engine

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    王丹; 刘双喜; 牟江峰; 陈浩

    2014-01-01

    Numerical simulation of catalytic converter system for certain gasoline engine was conducted by CFD software of STAR-CCM+. By using porous media modal to simulate the internal flow of the catalyst, the pressure drop and uniformity of the flow filed were discussed,and the positions of oxygen sensors were evaluated. Based on the calculated results,optimization recommendations were pointed out. The research will provide theoretical basis for structure design and performance improvement of exhaust system.%利用三维流体分析软件STAR- CCM+对某汽油机催化器系统进行了模拟分析,运用多孔介质模型模拟催化器内部的流动,重点考察了该催化器系统的压力损失和气流分布均匀性,并对氧传感器的位置进行了评估。综合各项分析评价指标,提出优化建议,为排气系统的结构设计和性能改进提供理论依据。

  15. Effect of ethanol-diesel blend fuels on emission and particle size distribution in a common-rail direct injection diesel engine with warm-up catalytic converter

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    Kim, Hwanam [Graduate School of Mechanical Engineering, Chonnam National University, Gwangju 500-757 (Korea); Choi, Byungchul [Graduate School of Mechanical Engineering, Chonnam National University, Gwangju 500-757 (Korea); School of Mechanical Systems Engineering, Chonnam National University, Gwangju 500-757 (Korea)

    2008-10-15

    In this study, the exhaust gas from a common-rail direct injection diesel engine was investigated both upstream and downstream warm-up catalytic converters (WCC). Three different types of ultra-low sulfur fuels (ethanol-diesel blend, ethanol-diesel blend with cetane improver and pure diesel) were tested in this study. The objective of the work was to study the engine performance and the formation of THC (total hydro carbon), CO (carbon monoxide), NO{sub x} (nitrogen oxides), smoke and PM (particulate matters) when using these fuels. THC and CO emissions of the ethanol-diesel blend fuels were slightly increased, and about 50-80% mean conversion efficiencies of THC and CO on catalysts were achieved in the ECE R49 13-mode cycle. Smoke was decreased by more than 42% in the entire ECE 13-mode cycles. From the measurement of scanning mobility particle sizer (SMPS) for the particle size range of 10-385 nm, the total number and total mass of the PM of the ethanol-diesel blend fuels were decreased by about 11.7-15% and 19.2-26.9%, respectively. (author)

  16. The Influence of Catalytic Converter on Benzene Emissions from Gasoline Engine%催化器对汽油机苯排放的影响

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    黎苏; 赏星耀; 李西秦; 刘冰

    2011-01-01

    Using unleaded gasoline widely in vehicles makes the emissions of harmful benzene and benzene series increase. In order to know the influence of three-way catalytic converter on emissions of benzene from gasoline combustion process, a series of tests are carried out on a HL495IQ electronic fuel injection gasoline engine. The exhaust emissions are collected by an activated carbon sampling pipe. The emissions of benzene and benzene series are measured by a gas phase chromatography. The formatting rules of benzenes are analyzed.%无铅汽油的广泛使用,使得汽油机苯及苯系物等有害物质的排放量有所增加.为了解三元催化器对汽油燃烧过程中苯及苯系物生成的影响,在HL495IQ电喷汽油机上进行了一系列试验.通过活性炭采样管收集尾气中的排放物,经气相色谱仪分析得到苯及苯系物的排放量,并对其生成规律进行了分析.

  17. Uptake and bioaccumulation of platinum group metals (Pd, Pt, Rh) from automobile catalytic converter materials by the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha).

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    Zimmermann, Sonja; Messerschmidt, Jürgen; von Bohlen, Alex; Sures, Bernd

    2005-06-01

    The uptake and bioaccumulation of the platinum group metals (PGM) platinum (Pt), palladium (Pd), and rhodium (Rh) by the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) were investigated in exposure studies using ground material from unused automobile catalytic converters as metal source. The mussels were exposed to the metals in tap water or humic water. In the soft tissue samples of exposed mussels mean Pt levels ranged in dependence on the type of tank water and the exposure period (6, 9, or 18 weeks) between 780 and 4300 ng/g, the Pd levels ranged between 720 and 6300 ng/g, and the Rh levels ranged between 270 and 1900 ng/g. In contrast, the control mussels had metal concentrations of <20 ng/g (Pt), <50 ng/g (Pd), and <40 ng/g (Rh). Considerably higher PGM levels were found in the exposed mussels of the humic water group than in those of the tap water group. Although there is a cumulative increase of the PGM concentrations in the environment since the introduction of the automobile catalyst more than 20 years ago, only little information about the PGM contamination in the biosphere, especially the fauna, is available. Due to the high capacity of D. polymorpha to accumulate PGM, this bivalve could be used as a potential sentinel for monitoring the noble metals in aquatic ecosystems. PMID:15820726

  18. Emission reduction efforts in Germany. First catalytic converter for diesel engines in industrial vehicles and cogeneration systems; Deutschland ist kein Russ-Land. Erster Diesel-Kat fuer Nutzfahrzeuge und Blockheizkraftwerke

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    Lossau, N.

    1998-09-01

    Diesel engines still have too high emissions of nitric oxides and soot. Siemens engineers have developed a catalytic converter for large-volume diesel engines and were awarded the Philip Morris research award for it. The new catalytic converter will be installed in the Berlin Reichstag building to purify the emissions of the building`s cogeneration system. (orig.) [Deutsch] Noch geben die Dieselmotoren in Lastwagen und Blockheizkraftwerken zu viel Stickoxide und Russ ab. Um zu verhindern, dass Deutschland ein Russ-Land bleibt, haben Siemens-Forscher einen Katalysator fuer grossvolumige Dieselmotoren entwickelt und dafuer den Philip Morris Forschungspreis erhalten. Dieser Katalysator wird kuenftig sogar die Abgase des Blockheizkraftwerkes im Berliner Reichstagsgebaeude reinigen. (orig.)

  19. Comment on 'Artificial neural network based modeling of heated catalytic converter performance' by M. Ali Akcayol and Can Cinar [Applied Thermal Engineering 25 (2005) 2341

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    Sha, W. [Metals Research Group, School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, The Queen' s University of Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN (United Kingdom)

    2007-02-15

    A paper has been published in Applied Thermal Engineering, using feed-forward artificial neural network (ANN) in the modeling of heated catalytic converter performance. The present paper attempts to discuss and comment on the paper. The amount of data used in the paper are not enough to determine the number of fitting parameters in the network. Therefore, the model is not mathematically sound or justified. The conclusion is that ANN modeling should be used with care and enough data. (author)

  20. Development of oxidation resistance Fe-Cr-Al alloy for substrate of catalytic converter; Shokubai tantaiyo taisankasei Fe-Cr-Al gokinhaku no kaihatsu

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    Ishii, K.; Kono, M.; Shimizu, H.; Togashi, F.; Kawasaki, T. [Kawasaki Steel Corp., Tokyo (Japan)

    1993-10-01

    Development has been made on an Fe/20Cr/5Al/0.08La/0.03Zr alloy having excellent oxidation resistance and manufacturability as a carrier for catalytic converter used for exhaust gas purification. This paper describes the course of the development. In an experiment, steel lumps with different compositions were repeated with hot rolling, cold rolling after annealing, and annealing to make them into foils. Oxidation experiment, impact experiment, and quantitative analysis were carried out. The relation between La addition and oxidation resistance was discussed. Increasing the addition amount improves the oxidation resistance, but an addition higher than 0.10% would cause it to deposit on grain boundaries resulting in cracks. Looking at the relation of oxidation with Ti and Zr, Ti reduces the oxidation resistance, but Zr improves it, the result having been obtained at 1150{degree}C. As a result of discussing the oxidation resistance from an La/Zr composite addition viewpoint, it was revealed that the oxidation resistance decreases when the Zr addition exceeds a limit. The reason for this was inferred that an addition in excess of the 0.1% limit causes an existence of solid solution of Zr to form ZrO2, which would accelerate diffusion rate of oxygen. A discussion was given on the relation between tenacity reduction as a cause of breakage and elements. It was determined that a condition for good tenacity is that Zr/(C+N) (atom ratio) is from one to 1.5 from data of temperatures at which the impact test value becomes 5 {times} 10{sup 5} J/m{sup 2}. 11 refs., 10 figs., 1 tab.

  1. 三元催化转换器壳体结构改进与试验研究%Experimental Study and Structure Improvement on the Shell of Three-way Catalytic Converter

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    王银山; 石传龙; 岳东鹏; 贾同国

    2011-01-01

    The shell of three-way catalytic converter is designed for improving. The front cone has two expanding angles in order to make more uniform of the speed of before entering the carrier of three-way catalytic converter, because the length of the expanding part is shortened so as to decrease the gas expanding room. So both the conversion efficiency and Service Life are improved. Two terminals of the shell are necked in order to reduce the gas striking against the end of substrate and prevent it from coming off early. The experiment results show that the improved three-way catalytic converter can reduce HC, CO and NOx emission further, especially during the high load operation. The power and fuel economy are also improved.%对三元催化转换器壳体结构进行改进,前端锥采用两个扩张角,缩短了扩张角的长度,壳体两端采用缩颈处理,减少了排气气流对衬垫端面的冲击.试验结果表明,改进后的三元催化转换器,对HC、CO和NOx的转换效率得到提高,且大负荷工况下效果明显,而对发动机的燃油消耗率和功率基本没有影响.

  2. Maintenance of Engine From Analysis of Three-way Catalytic Converter Fault Diagnosis%从三元催化器故障分析发动机的保养注意事项

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    闫云敬

    2016-01-01

    Three-way catalytic converter is the gas purification device in the automobile exhaust system,once damaged,it will bring higher maintenance costs to the owner.Through fault analysis of several car three-way catalytic converter,this article put forward several maintenance measures to avoid and solve three-way catalytic converter faults in view of the failure phenomenon and failure mechanism.%三元催化器,是安装在汽车排气系统中的机外净化装置,一旦损坏,将会给车主带来比较高的维修费用通过对几款车三元催化器故障分析,针对故障现象、故障机理,提出了避免和解决三元催化器故障的发动机保养注意事项。

  3. 从三元催化器故障分析发动机的保养注意事项%Maintenance of Engine From Analysis of Three-way Catalytic Converter Fault Diagnosis

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    闫云敬

    2016-01-01

    Three-way catalytic converter is the gas purification device in the automobile exhaust system,once damaged,it will bring higher maintenance costs to the owner.Through fault analysis of several car three-way catalytic converter,this article put forward several maintenance measures to avoid and solve three-way catalytic converter faults in view of the failure phenomenon and failure mechanism.%三元催化器,是安装在汽车排气系统中的机外净化装置,一旦损坏,将会给车主带来比较高的维修费用通过对几款车三元催化器故障分析,针对故障现象、故障机理,提出了避免和解决三元催化器故障的发动机保养注意事项。

  4. Automotive sensors

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    Marek, Jiri; Illing, Matthias

    2003-01-01

    Sensors are an essential component of most electronic systems in the car. They deliver input parameters for comfort features, engine and emission control as well as for the active and passive safety systems. New technologies such as silicon micromachining play an important role for the introduction of these sensors in all vehicle classes. The importance and use of these sensor technologies in today"s automotive applications will be shown in this article. Finally an outlook on important current developments and new functions in the car will be given.

  5. An Experimental Study on the Performance Matching of Urea-SCR Catalytic Converter with Engine%尿素-SCR催化器与发动机性能匹配试验研究

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    郭红松; 姜艳; 包俊江; 景晓军

    2011-01-01

    A power, fuel economy and emission performances matching test is conducted on a stage-IV heavy duty diesel engine equipped with 3 typical commercial urea-SCR catalytic converters produced by different manufacturers, focusing on the study on performances including pressure drop and light-off characteristics as well as the dynamic response and pollutant conversion rates of catalytic converter. The results show that the fewer the mesh number of converter, the smaller its pressure drop; the catalytic converter with lower light-off temperature and quicker dynamic response has better control result for not only NOX, but also NH3, SO2, N2O and NO2. With same size and structure of SCR, the formula and coating process of catalyst basically have no effects on the power and fuel e-conomy of engine.%对一台国IV重型柴油机装用不同厂家生产的3种典型商用尿素-SCR催化转化器在台架上进行了动力性、经济性和排放等性能匹配试验,重点研究催化转化器的压降特性、起燃特性、动态响应和转化效率等性能.结果表明,催化器目数越少,其压降越小;起燃温度低,动态响应快的催化器具有较好的NOx控制效果,且在减少NH3、SO2、N2O和NO2排放方面效果也较好.SCR尺寸和结构相同时,发动机动力性和经济性基本不受催化剂配方和涂层工艺的影响.

  6. Low-pollution operation of diesel engines. New catalytic converter system reduces all pollutant fractions; Dieselmotoren schadstoffarm betreiben. Neues Katalysatorsystem vermindert alle Schadstoffkomponenten

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    Maurer, B. [HJS Fahrzeugtechnik GmbH und Co., Menden (Germany). Bereich Entwicklung

    1998-07-01

    An exhaust treatment system for diesel engines is currently being developed which will reduce CO, HC, particulate and NO{sub x} emissions efficiently. For the first three (Ch, HC and particulates), the CRT particle filter system has been in use for three years now with good results. The CRT system combines a diesel particulate filter with an upstream high-efficiency oxidation catalyst. In order to account for nitric oxides as well, the soot filter system must be combined with a denox catalyst working b the SCR process in which nitric oxides are reacted with ammonia into nitrogen and water. The ammonia is generated in gaseous form by an onboard generator. The envisaged combination of a CRT system with an SCR catalytic converter will be called SCRT system. The SCRT system will be able to reduce all limited pollutant fractions at once. Results so far show that hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and particulates are reduced down to below the detection limit. Reduction of nitric oxides is in the 75% range, so that the Euro II engine will have nitric oxide emissions of less than 2 g/kWh in the 13-stage test. (orig.) [Deutsch] Fuer Fahrzeuge mit Dieselmotoren wird derzeit ein Abgasnachbehandlungssystem entwickelt, das die Schadstoffkomponenten CO, HC und Partikel sowie die Stickoxide (NO{sub x}) mit hohem Wirkungsgrad absenkt. Zur Verminderung der CO-, HC- und Partikelemissionen ist das seit drei Jahren eingesetzte CRT-Partikelfiltersystem geeignet. Das CRT-System ist die Kombination eines Dieselpartikelfilters mit einem vorgeschalteten hocheffizienten Oxidationskatalysator. Um gleichzeitig die Stickoxidemission zu vermindern, muss das Russfiltersystem mit einem Denox-Katalysator kombiniert werden. Die Umwandlung dieser Schadstoffe erfolgt nach dem SCR-Verfahren. Dabei werden die Stickoxide durch Zugabe von Ammoniak an einem SCR-Katalysator gezielt zu Stickstoff (N{sub 2}) und Wasser (H{sub 2}O) umgesetzt. Das Ammoniak wird in einem Generator an Bord des Fahrzeugs in

  7. Self-regeneration of a Pd-perovskite catalyst for automotive emissions control

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    Nishihata, Y.; Mizuki, J.; Akao, T.; Tanaka, H.; Uenishi, M.; Kimura, M.; Okamoto, T.; Hamada, N.

    2002-07-01

    Catalytic converters are widely used to reduce the amounts of nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and unburned hydrocarbons in automotive emissions. The catalysts are finely divided precious-metal particles dispersed on a solid support. During vehicle use, the converter is exposed to heat, which causes the metal particles to agglomerate and grow, and their overall surface area to decrease. As a result, catalyst activity deteriorates. The problem has been exacerbated in recent years by the trend to install catalytic converters closer to the engine, which ensures immediate activation of the catalyst on engine start-up, but also places demanding requirements on the catalyst's heat resistance. Conventional catalyst systems thus incorporate a sufficient excess of precious metal to guarantee continuous catalytic activity for vehicle use over 50,000miles (80,000km). Here we use X-ray diffraction and absorption to show that LaFe0.57Co0.38Pd0.05O3, one of the perovskite-based catalysts investigated for catalytic converter applications since the early 1970s, retains its high metal dispersion owing to structural responses to the fluctuations in exhaust-gas composition that occur in state-of-the-art petrol engines. We find that as the catalyst is cycled between oxidative and reductive atmospheres typically encountered in exhaust gas, palladium (Pd) reversibly moves into and out of the perovskite lattice. This movement appears to suppress the growth of metallic Pd particles, and hence explains the retention of high catalyst activity during long-term use and ageing.

  8. Automotive Aluminium Recycling

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    Gelas, B. des

    2000-07-01

    This paper aims at providing an overview on the contribution of aluminium recycling in the supply of new aluminium for automotive applications. Based on a presentation on how the global European automotive aluminium supply requirements are met, an analysis of the present and future contribution of automotive aluminium recycling is first presented. Current situation and future developments for automotive aluminium recycling practices are then commented, together with an outline on design principles for easier aluminium recycling. (orig.)

  9. A Study on the Application of Catalytic Converters for the In-Used Gasoline Vehicle%在用汽油车催化转化器的若干应用研究

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    罗玮; 韦安和; 陈特銮; 谢金料; 吴坚

    2001-01-01

    As the pollution of vehicle exhaust gas has grown worse, and thestandards of emissions have become more and more strict, the technology of exhaust emission control has been developed greatly.The application of catalytic converter constitutes the mainstream of emission control technology.Grounded on the up-to-date domestic and foreign technologies of catalytic converters and the situation of their application, this paper presents several better solutions to the control on vehicle exhaust emissions in our country.%随着汽车尾气污染的日益严重及汽车尾气排放标准的日益严格,排放控制技术有了很大发展,尾气催化净化技术成为排放控制技术的主流.文中针对目前国内催化转化器的技术及应用状况,并借鉴国外有关技术,提出了我国在用汽油车排放控制的有关对策.

  10. An Experimental Study on the Fast Light Off of Catalytic Converter in a Gasoline Direct Injection Engine%直喷汽油机催化器快速起燃的试验研究

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    于秀敏; 董伟; 嵇全喜

    2011-01-01

    针对EA888直喷汽油机建立了试验台架及试验测控系统,通过试验研究了过量空气系数和两次喷射比例对催化器起燃特性的影响规律.试验结果表明,采用微稀的混合气有利于催化器的快速起燃,采用两次喷射有助于推迟点火,提高排气温度,缩短催化器起燃时间.%A test bench and its control system are established for EA888 direct injection gasoline engine, and an experimental study is conducted on the rule of the effects of excess air coefficient and the fuel proportion ratio in two-stage fuel injection on the light-off characteristics of catalytic converter. The results show that a slight-lean mixture is conducive to the rapid light off of catalytic converter, and two-stage injection helps delay ignition, raise exhaust temperature and shorten the light-off time of catalyst.

  11. 基于发动机外特性实验的三元催化转换器净化性能研究%Experimental Study on Purification Performance of Three-way Catalytic Converter Based on the External Characteristics of Engine

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    李欣; 杜慧起

    2012-01-01

    文章通过发动机外特性实验,分别对没有安装催化器、安装原催化器和安装改进型催化器三种状态下发动机功率、油耗和尾气进行测量分析,对优化三元催化转化器结构设计及改善三元催化转化器净化效率等方面具有重要意义。%through the external characteristic experiment of the engine,the article measures and analyzes the engine power,fuel consumption and exhaust respectively under the three states of not being fitted with catalytic converters,installation of the original catalytic converters and installation of improved catalytic converters,which is of great significance to the optimization of the structure design of the three-way catalytic converter and the efficiency of improving the purification of the three-way catalytic converter.

  12. Session 6: Novel catalytic converter with low light off temperature based on LaNiO{sub 3} perovskite synthesized from Raney Ni

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    Hamedmonfared, A.A.; Khodadadi, A.A.; Mortazavi, Y. [Tehran, Univ., Catalysis and Reaction Eng. Lab., Chemical Eng. Dept.(Iran, Islamic Republic of); Tousi, F. [Tehran, Univ., Dept. of chemistry, Faculty of Science (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2004-07-01

    In the present investigation we use Raney nickel catalyst to prepare LaNiO{sub 3} perovskite with and without the use of citric acid. The performance of these catalysts was compared with other types of LaNiO{sub 3} made by conventional preparation methods, in which nitrate solutions of nickel and lanthanum are used. The catalytic activities of the catalysts were studied by using a simulated exhaust gas, containing carbon monoxide and ethane. (authors)

  13. EMISSION REDUCTION FROM A DIESEL ENGINE FUELED BY CERIUM OXIDE NANO-ADDITIVES USING SCR WITH DIFFERENT METAL OXIDES COATED CATALYTIC CONVERTER

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    B. JOTHI THIRUMAL; E, JAMES GUNASEKARAN; LOGANATHAN; C.G. Saravanan

    2015-01-01

    This paper reports the results of experimental investigations on the influence of the addition of cerium oxide in nanoparticle form on the major physiochemical properties and the performance of diesel. The fuel is modified by dispersing the catalytic nanoparticle by ultrasonic agitation. The physiochemical properties of sole diesel fuel and modified fuel are tested with ASTM standard procedures. The effects of the additive nanoparticles on the individual fuel properties, the engine performanc...

  14. 草酸溶液清洗三元催化器的实践研究%Practice Research on Cleaning Three-way Catalytic Converter with Oxalic Acid Solution

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    杜慧起

    2016-01-01

    Three-way catalytic converter is one of the most important gas purification device in the automobile exhaust system,it has become a standard equipment which reaches gasoline engine achieveⅢstandards.Due to its expensive cost,low cost maintenance can bring great economic benefits to the owners.%三元催化器是安装在汽车排气系统中最重要的机外净化装置,已经成为汽油机达到国Ⅲ标准的标配。三元催化器的造价比较昂贵,对三元催化器进行低费用修复,能够给车主带来很大的经济效益。

  15. The Affecting Factors to Restrict Increasing Convert Ratio of Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit%制约提高催化裂化转化率的影响因素分析

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    曹小伟

    2012-01-01

    通过运用催化裂化相关理论并结合惠州炼油分公司催化裂化装置的实际生产情况,对影响催化裂化转化率的因素进行了分析,通过分析各操作参数间的相互关系,确定在装置掺炼加氢尾油后,油浆系统是制约提高转化率的关键因素。%On the basis of the fluid catalytic cracking theory,the main process parameters of FCC unit in Huizhou Oil Refining Company were analyzed,that the slurry oil system was the important restrict factor to increase the convert ratio when FCC unit process the feed mixed with hydro-cracking unconverted oil.

  16. European Automotive Congress

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    Clenci, Adrian

    2016-01-01

    The volume includes selected and reviewed papers from the European Automotive Congress held in Bucharest, Romania, in November 2015. Authors are experts from research, industry and universities coming from 14 countries worldwide. The papers are covering the latest developments in fuel economy and environment, automotive safety and comfort, automotive reliability and maintenance, new materials and technologies, traffic and road transport systems, advanced engineering methods and tools, as well as advanced powertrains and hybrid and electric drives.

  17. Automotive Thermoelectric Waste Heat Recovery

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    Meisner, Gregory P.

    2015-03-01

    Considerable fuel energy, as much as 70%, is not converted to useful work by internal combustion engines but is instead rejected as waste heat, and more than half of the waste heat, nearly 40% of fuel energy, is contained in vehicle exhaust gas. This provides an opportunity to recover some of the wasted fuel energy and convert it from heat into useful work, subject to the laws of thermodynamics, and thereby improve vehicle energy efficiency. Thermoelectric (TE) materials have been extensively researched and TE devices are now being developed for operation at high temperatures corresponding to automotive exhaust gases for direct solid-state conversion of heat into electricity. This has stimulated substantial progress in the development of practical TE generator (TEG) systems for large-scale commercialization. A significant enabler of this progress has been the US Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Program through funding for low cost solutions for automotive TE waste heat recovery to improve fuel economy. Our current project at General Motors has culminated in the identification of the potential supply chain for all components and assembly of an automotive TEG. A significant focus has been to develop integrated and iterative modeling tools for a fully optimized TEG design that includes all components and subsystems (TE modules, heat exchangers, thermal interfaces, electrical interconnects, power conditioning, and vehicle integration for maximal use of TEG power). We have built and tested a new, low-cost Initial TEG prototype based on state-of-the-art production-scale skutterudite TE modules, novel heat exchanger designs, and practical solutions to the many technical challenges for optimum TEG performance. We will use the results for our Initial TEG prototype to refine our modeling and design tools for a Final automotive TEG system prototype. Our recent results will be presented. Thanks to: J.R. Salvador, E.R. Gundlach, D. Thompson, N.K. Bucknor, M

  18. Automotive Industry in Malaysia

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    Wad, Peter; Govindaraju, V.G.R. Chandran

    2011-01-01

    This paper explains the evolution and assesses the development of the Malaysian automotive industry within the premise of infant industry and trade protection framework as well as extended arguments of infant industry using a global value chain perspective. The Malaysian automotive industry expan...

  19. Kentucky's Automotive Certification Program.

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    Kentucky State Dept. of Education, Frankfort. Office of Vocational Education.

    The state of Kentucky recognized a need to standardize automotive mechanics training throughout the state and to establish minimum guidelines for the quality of instruction in such programs. To meet these needs, the Office of Vocational Education selected the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and began the certification…

  20. Automotive Technology Skill Standards

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    Garrett, Tom; Asay, Don; Evans, Richard; Barbie, Bill; Herdener, John; Teague, Todd; Allen, Scott; Benshoof, James

    2009-01-01

    The standards in this document are for Automotive Technology programs and are designed to clearly state what the student should know and be able to do upon completion of an advanced high-school automotive program. Minimally, the student will complete a three-year program to achieve all standards. Although these exit-level standards are designed…

  1. Automotive electronics design fundamentals

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    Zaman, Najamuz

    2015-01-01

    This book explains the topology behind automotive electronics architectures and examines how they can be profoundly augmented with embedded controllers. These controllers serve as the core building blocks of today’s vehicle electronics. Rather than simply teaching electrical basics, this unique resource focuses on the fundamental concepts of vehicle electronics architecture, and details the wide variety of Electronic Control Modules (ECMs) that enable the increasingly sophisticated "bells & whistles" of modern designs.  A must-have for automotive design engineers, technicians working in automotive electronics repair centers and students taking automotive electronics courses, this guide bridges the gap between academic instruction and industry practice with clear, concise advice on how to design and optimize automotive electronics with embedded controllers.

  2. Characterization of three-way automotive catalysts

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    Kenik, E.A.; More, K.L. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); LaBarge, W. [Delphi Automotive Systems, Flint, MI (United States)] [and others

    1997-04-01

    The CRADA between Delphi Automotive Systems (Delphi; formerly General Motors - AC Delco, Systems) and Lockheed Martin Energy Research (LMER) on automotive catalysts was completed at the end of FY96, after a ten month, no-cost extension. The CRADA was aimed at improved performance and lifetime of noble metal based three-way-catalysts (TWC), which are the primary catalytic system for automotive emission control systems. While these TWC can meet the currently required emission standards, higher than optimum noble metal loadings are often required to meet lifetime requirements. In addition, more stringent emission standards will be imposed in the near future, demanding improved performance and service life from these catalysts. Understanding the changes of TWC conversion efficiency with ageing is a critical need in improving these catalysts. Initially in a fresh catalyst, the active material is often distributed on a very fine scale, approaching single atoms or small atomic clusters. As such, a wide range of analytical techniques have been employed to provide high spatial resolution characterization of the evolving state of the catalytic material.

  3. Estimation of Kinetic Parameters in an Automotive SCR Catalyst Model

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    Åberg, Andreas; Widd, Anders; Abildskov, Jens;

    2016-01-01

    A challenge during the development of models for simulation of the automotive Selective Catalytic Reduction catalyst is the parameter estimation of the kinetic parameters, which can be time consuming and problematic. The parameter estimation is often carried out on small-scale reactor tests, or p...

  4. National Automotive Center - NAC

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — Encouraged by the advantages of collaboration, the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) worked with the Secretary of the...

  5. Nano sponge Mn₂O ₃ as a new adsorbent for the preconcentration of Pd(II) and Rh(III) ions in sea water, wastewater, rock, street sediment and catalytic converter samples prior to FAAS determinations.

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    Yavuz, Emre; Tokalıoğlu, Serife; Sahan, Halil; Patat, Saban

    2014-10-01

    In this study, a nano sponge Mn2O3 adsorbent was synthesized and was used for the first time. Various parameters affecting the recovery values of Pd(II) and Rh(III) were examined. The tolerance limits (≥ 90 %) for both Pd(II) and Rh(III) ions were found to be 75,000 mg L(-1) Na(I), 75,000 mg L(-1) K(I), 50,000 mg L(-1) Mg(II) and 50,000 mg L(-1) Ca(II). A 30s contact time was enough for both adsorption and elution. A preconcentration factor of 100 was obtained by using 100mg of the nano sponge Mn2O3. The reusability of the adsorbent was 120 times. Adsorption capacities for Pd(II) and Rh(III) were found to be 42 and 6.2 mg g(-1), respectively. The detection limits were 1.0 µg L(-1) for Pd(II) and 0.37 µg L(-1) for Rh(III) and the relative standard deviations (RSD, %) were found to be ≤ 2.5%. The method was validated by analyzing the standard reference material, SRM 2556 (Used Auto Catalyst Pellets) and spiked real samples. The optimized method was applied for the preconcentration of Pd(II) and Rh(III) ions in water (sea water and wastewater), rock, street sediment and catalytic converter samples. PMID:25059126

  6. Measuring the effects of platinum from catalytic converter equipped vehicles by means of plant indicators (food and fodder plants); Wirkungsmessungen von Platin aus katalysatorbetriebenen Kraftfahrzeugen mit pflanzlichen Bioindikatoren (Nahrungs- und Futterpflanzen)

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    Maier-Reiter, W.; Sommer, B. [TUEV Energie und Umwelt GmbH, Filderstadt (Germany). Niederlassung Stuttgart

    1997-12-31

    The essential aim of the present R and D project, titled ``Measuring the effects of platinum from catalytic converter equipped vehicles by means of plant indicators - food and fodder plants (VPT 02)``, was to obtain first orienting results on the potential effects of platinum pollution on plants by means of short-time, high-dose exposure experiments. The most important effect criterion in assessing potential hazards to humans and animals via the food chain, beside any outwardly visible changes (reaction), was the analytical detection of platinum accumulation in the plants. The project was also intended as a first contribution to the ecotoxicology of platinum, in particular the behaviour of metallic platinum and water-soluble platinum compounds in the soil-plant system. [Deutsch] Die wesentliche Zielsetzung des F and E-Vorhabens `Wirkungsmessungen von Platin und Platinverbindungen mit pflanzlichen Bioindikatoren - Nahrungs- und Futterpflanzen (VPT 02)` war es, im Rahmen von Kurzzeit-Belastungsexperimenten im hohen Dosisbereich erste orientierende Ergebnisse zu den moeglichen Auswirkungen von Platin-Belastungen auf Pflanzen abzuleiten. Neben aeusserlich sichtbaren Veraenderungen der Pflanzen (Reaktion) wurde als Wirkungskriterium insbesondere die chemisch-analytisch erfassbare Platin-Anreicherung in den Pflanzen (Akkumulation) betrachtet, die eine Abschaetzung moeglicher Gefaehrdungen von Mensch und Tier ueber die Nahrungskette ermoeglicht. Zudem sollte ein erster Beitrag zur Oekotoxikologie des Platins, insbesondere zum Verhalten von metallischem Platin und wasserloeslichen Platinverbindungen im System Boden-Pflanzen, erarbeitet werden. (orig.)

  7. 适合中国道路的车用催化器快速老化循环研究%Research on Rapid Aging Cycle of Vehicle Catalytic Converter for Chinese Road Conditions

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    业红玲

    2013-01-01

    The thermal aging mechanism of catalytic converter was first analyzed and researched ,the design idea of bench rap-id aging cycle for specific conditions was put forward ,and the bench rapid aging cycle for Chinese road conditions was devel-oped .The results show that the aging for each real vehicle can be predicted by modifying some parameters in the basic shape of developed aging cycle and adjusting the aging time .%首先对催化剂热老化原理进行了理论研究与分析,提出针对具体车用催化器使用条件的台架快速老化循环设计思路,并在试验的基础上开发出适合中国道路条件下的台架快速老化循环。结果表明,开发的老化循环在循环的基本形状上修正一些参数,调整老化时间,能预测每个车型的实车老化。

  8. Search for and identification of gaseous noble metal emissions from catalytic converters. Quantitative and statistic screening of platinum metal aerosols emitted by automotive catalytic converters; Suche und Identifizierung von gasfoermigen katalysatorbuertigen Edelmetallemissionen (VPT 06). Quantitative und statistische Reihenuntersuchungen ueber emittierte Platinmetallaerosole aus Automobilkatalysatoren (VPT 08)

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    Artelt, S. [Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Toxikologie und Aerosolforschung, Hannover (Germany)

    1997-12-31

    The aim of these two projects was to determine whether platinum is contained in catalysed automobile exhaust fumes and in what quantities it is emitted. A further task was to determine the particle size and particle size distribution of emitted particles. For this purpose an engine test stand was set up at the Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Aerosol Research and two different sampling techniques were developed. [Deutsch] Im Rahmen dieser beiden Vorhaben sollte untersucht werden, ob Platin im katalysierten Automobilabgas vorhanden ist und in welcher Menge es emittiert wird. Weiterhin sollte die Partikelgroesse der emittierten Partikel und ihre Verteilung bestimmt werden. Im Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Toxikologie und Aerosolforschung wurde dazu ein Motorstand aufgebaut und zwei unterschiedliche Probenahmetechniken entwickelt. (orig.)

  9. A Study of the Impact of Power Supply Parameters on Metal Flow Velocity in the Channel of a Device for Washing out Precious Metals from of the Automotive Catalytic Converters

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    Fornalczyk A.

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Czas życia katalizatorów samochodowych jest ograniczony. Dzisiejsze przepisy środowiskowe wymagają aby były one poddawane procesowi recyklingu jako cenne źródło platynowców, AI2O3 i złomu stalowego. Metale szlachetne stosowane w tych urządzeniach pełnią funkcje katalityczne, naniesione są na ceramiczny lub metalowy nośnik. Artykuł ten dotyczy procesu odzyskiwania metali szlachetnych ze zużytych katalizatorów samochodowych przy wykorzystaniu metody metalu-zbieracza. W celu przyspieszenia procesu wymywania metali szlachetnych ze struktury kapilarnej katalizatora, przepływ ciekłego metalu-zbieracza zmuszony został przez pole elektromagnetyczne. W pracy przedstawiono wyniki modelowania mające na celu poprawę skuteczności przepływu ciekłego metalu przez nośniki katalizatora za pomocą urządzenia z podwójnym uzwojeniem. Przeanalizowano także różne sposoby zasilania urządzenia. Eksperyment obliczeniowy został zrealizowany jako słabosprzężona analiza pola elektromagnetycznego i pola przepływu.

  10. Automotive Corporate Strategy in CEE

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    Kadlecová, Petra

    2009-01-01

    The diploma thesis shows the status of the automotive industry in the Czech Republic. It shows the trends in the Czech automotive industry in short theoretical presentation. There is a trend of the future competition from developing countries, other problems are growing raw material prices or government's limits in CO2 production. The companies connected to the automotive industry are reacting. The relevant information about the status and reactions of the Czech automotive industry companies,...

  11. The curse of the CATalytic converter.

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    James, E

    1997-01-01

    Addresses the transfer of nurse education from schools of nursing, previously located within health authorities and, more recently, hospital and/or community trusts, to institutions of higher education. The pressures this has produced for both providers and participants in this relatively new educational initiative have had a direct effect on the levels of stress and anxiety that students feel both in their initial professional qualification programmes and in continuing their personal and academic development subsequently. There is a paucity of research into this area of stress and student Angst as a result of the new educational thrust. Suggests that the evidence from student evaluations has not been collated adequately and that the result is a burgeoning of anecdotal evidence which is being ignored by nursing's professional body. Higher education has encouraged and influenced an almost exponential growth in programmes of study, which the nursing profession has used to force its singular aim to create a degree-based profession. PMID:10167879

  12. High integrity automotive castings

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    Weiss, D. [Eck Industries Inc., St. Manitowoc, WI (United States)

    2007-07-01

    This paper described the High Integrity Magnesium Automotive Casting (HI-MAC) program, which was developed to ensure the widespread adoption of magnesium in structural castings. The program will encourage the use of low pressure permanent molds, squeeze casting, and electromagnetic pumping of magnesium into dies. The HI-MAC program is currently investigating new heat treatment methods, and is in the process of creating improved fluid flow and solidification modelling to produce high volume automotive components. In order to address key technology barriers, the program has been divided into 8 tasks: (1) squeeze casting process development; (2) low pressure casting technology; (3) thermal treatment; (4) microstructure control; (5) computer modelling and properties; (6) controlled molten metal transfer and filling; (7) emerging casting technologies; and (8) technology transfer throughout the automotive value chain. Technical challenges were outlined for each of the tasks. 1 ref., 3 tabs., 5 figs.

  13. TENDENCIES IN AUTOMOTIVE TRANSPORT DEVELOPMENT

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    U. D. Antushenay; T. R. Kisel

    2008-01-01

    The paper contains an analysis of export of transport services provided by the Republic automotive transport. Structure of expenses associated with operation of automotive transport facilities is presented in the paper. The paper cites directions pertaining to development of international automotive transportation.

  14. Identification for automotive systems

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    Hjalmarsson, Håkan; Re, Luigi

    2012-01-01

    Increasing complexity and performance and reliability expectations make modeling of automotive system both more difficult and more urgent. Automotive control has slowly evolved from an add-on to classical engine and vehicle design to a key technology to enforce consumption, pollution and safety limits. Modeling, however, is still mainly based on classical methods, even though much progress has been done in the identification community to speed it up and improve it. This book, the product of a workshop of representatives of different communities, offers an insight on how to close the gap and exploit this progress for the next generations of vehicles.

  15. Automotive NVH technology

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    Nijman, Eugenius; Priebsch, Hans-Herwig

    2016-01-01

    This book presents seven chapters examining selected noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) topics that are highly relevant for automotive vehicle development. These include applications following the major trends toward increased passenger comfort, vehicle electrification and lightweight design. The authors of the seven chapters, all of which are experts from the automotive industry and academia, present the foremost challenges and potential solutions in this demanding field. Among others, applications for sound optimization in downsized engines, noise optimization in electric powertrains, weight reduction options for exhaust systems, porous materials description, and the vibro-acoustic analysis of geared systems are discussed.

  16. Automotive Emission Control.

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    Lee, Billy D.; Ragazzi, Ronald

    This guide designed to assist teachers in improving instruction in the area of automotive emission control curriculum includes four areas. Each area consists of one or more units of instruction, with each instructional unit including some or all of the following basic components: Performance objectives, suggested activities for teacher and…

  17. Automotive Power Trains.

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    Marine Corps Inst., Washington, DC.

    This correspondence course, originally developed for the Marine Corps, is designed to provide mechanics with an understanding of the operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of automotive power trains and certain auxiliary equipment. The course contains six study units covering basic power trains; clutch principles and operations; conventional…

  18. Bringing Excellence to Automotive

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    Večeřa, Pavel; Paulová, Iveta

    2012-12-01

    Market situation and development in recent years shows, that organization's ability to meet customer requirements is not enough. Successful organizations are able to exceed the expectations of all stakeholders. They are building their excellence systematically. Our contribution basically how the excellence in automotive is created using EFQM Excellence Model in Total Quality Management.

  19. 78 FR 14546 - Seagull Maritime Agencies Private Ltd. v. Gren Automotive, Inc., Centrus Automotive Distributors...

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    2013-03-06

    ... Seagull Maritime Agencies Private Ltd. v. Gren Automotive, Inc., Centrus Automotive Distributors Inc., and... Limited (``SMA''), hereinafter ``Complainant,'' against Gren Automotive, Inc. (``Gren''), Centrus Automotive Distributors Inc. (``Centrus'') and Mr. Liu Shao hereinafter ``Respondents.'' Complainant...

  20. 78 FR 58518 - Notification of Proposed Production Activity; Benteler Automotive Corporation (Automotive...

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    2013-09-24

    ... Foreign-Trade Zones Board Notification of Proposed Production Activity; Benteler Automotive Corporation (Automotive Suspension and Body Components); Duncan, South Carolina Benteler Automotive Corporation (Benteler... produce automotive suspension components and subassemblies using certain foreign-status components....

  1. 基于SYSWELD催化转换器焊接温度场和应力场模拟%Numerical Simulation of Welding Temperature Field and Stress Field of Catalytic Converter Using SYSWELD Software

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    徐火青; 凌泽民; 齐喜岑; 李金阁

    2012-01-01

    依据产品几何模型,运用Visual Mesh网格划分软件分别建立了网格模型,通过对实际工艺参数和工艺特点的分析,建立了简化的数值模型,考虑了材料随温度变化的热物理性能和对流、辐射换热边界条件,给出了其焊接温度场演变历程和焊缝及其附近热循环曲线.同时实测了催化转换器焊缝附近的焊接热循环曲线,与模拟结果比较,两者基本吻合,证明了焊接温度场模拟结果的可靠性;并通过热-力耦合,将温度场结果施加到应力场,得到了残余应力分布规律,以及焊接变形量大小,与实测结果基本吻合.%Geometric models were established based on the product, and then their mesh models were built by using Visual Mesh software. Simplified numerical models were established with the analysis of actual process parameters and characteristics, which took the material properties with temperature and the heat transfer boundary conditions such as convection and radiation into account. Their temperature evolutions and thermal cycles nearby welding beads were given. Thermal cycles nearby welding beads of catalytic converter were measured, which were almost consistent with the simulation results. The welding temperature field simulations were credible. The results of the temperature fields were applied to the mechanical field with thermal-mechanical coupled. Welding residual stress fields and the welding deformation simulation results were given and analyzed quantitatively, which were almost consistent with measured values.

  2. Rotordynamics of automotive turbochargers

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    Nguyen-Schäfer, Hung

    2015-01-01

    Rotordynamics of automotive turbochargers is dealt with in this book encompassing the widely working field of small turbomachines under real operating conditions at the very high rotor speeds up to 300000 rpm. The broadly interdisciplinary field of turbocharger rotordynamics involves 1) Thermodynamics and Turbo-Matching of Turbochargers 2) Dynamics of Turbomachinery 3) Stability Analysis of Linear Rotordynamics with the Eigenvalue Theory 4) Stability Analysis of Nonlinear Rotordynamics with the Bifurcation Theory 5) Bearing Dynamics of the Oil Film using the Two-Phase Reynolds Equation 6) Computation of Nonlinear Responses of a Turbocharger Rotor 7) Aero and Vibroacoustics of Turbochargers 8) Shop and Trim Balancing at Two Planes of the Rotor 9) Tribology of the Bearing Surface Roughness 10) Design of Turbocharger Platforms using the Similarity Laws The rotor response of an automotive turbocharger at high rotor speeds is studied analytically, computationally, and experimentally. Due to the nonlinear character...

  3. FISITA 2012 World Automotive Congress

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    2013-01-01

    Proceedings of the FISITA 2012 World Automotive Congress are selected from nearly 2,000 papers submitted to the 34th FISITA World Automotive Congress, which is held by Society of Automotive Engineers of China (SAE-China ) and the International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies (FISITA). This proceedings focus on solutions for sustainable mobility in all areas of passenger car, truck and bus transportation. Volume 8: Vehicle Design and Testing (II) focuses on: •Automotive Reliability Technology •Lightweight Design Technology •Design for Recycling •Dynamic Modeling •Simulation and Experimental Validation •Virtual Design, Testing and Validation •Testing of Components, Systems and Full Vehicle Above all researchers, professional engineers and graduates in fields of automotive engineering, mechanical engineering and electronic engineering will benefit from this book.   SAE-China is a national academic organization composed of enterprises and professionals who focus on research, design a...

  4. Hydrogen as automotive fuel

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    An assessment of the technical/economic feasibility of the use of hydrogen as an automotive fuel is made based on analyses of the following: the chemical- physical properties of hydrogen in relation to its use in internal combustion engines; the modifications necessary to adapt internal combustion engines to hydrogen use; hydrogen fuel injection systems - with water vapour injection, cryogenic injection, and the low or high pressure injection of hydrogen directly into the combustion chamber; the current commercialization status of hydrogen automotive fuels; energy efficiency ratings; environmental impacts; in-vehicle storage systems - involving the use of hydrides, high pressure systems and liquid hydrogen storage systems; performance in terms of pay-load ratio; autonomous operation; and operating costs. The paper concludes that, considering current costs for hydrogen fuel production, distribution and use, at present, the employment of hydrogen fuelled vehicles is feasible only in highly polluted urban environments where the innovative vehicle's air pollution abatement characteristics would justify its high operating costs as compared with those of conventional automotive alternatives

  5. Modelling Methods of Magnetohydrodynamic Phenomena Occurring in a Channel of the Device Used to Wash Out the Spent Automotive Catalyst by a Liquid Metal

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    Fornalczyk A.

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The recovery of precious metals is necessary for environmental and economic reasons. Spent catalysts from automotive industry containing precious metals are very attractive recyclable material as the devices have to be periodically renovated and eventually replaced. This paper presents the method of removing platinum from the spent catalytic converters applying lead as a collector metal in a device used to wash out by using mangetohydrodynamic stirrer. The article includes the description of the methods used for modeling of magnetohydrodynamic phenomena (coupled analysis of the electromagnetic, temperature and flow fields occurring in this particular device. The paper describes the general phenomena and ways of coupling the various physical fields for this type of calculation. The basic computational techniques with a discussion of their advantages and disadvantages are presented.

  6. Model Requirements for Simulation of Low-Voltage MOSFET in Automotive Applications

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    Buttay, Cyril; Morel, Hervé; Allard, Bruno; Lefranc, Pierre; Brevet, Olivier

    2006-01-01

    This paper focuses on the modeling of low-voltage automotive power electronic circuits to obtain accurate system simulation, including estimation of losses. The aim is to compare several metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) models to find out which can be used for low-voltage, high-current automotive converter simulations. As these models are intended for system simulation, only analytical models are addressed as they may be implemented into any circuit simulator. The di...

  7. SITUATION IN RUSSIAN AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY AND AUTOMOTIVE MARKET IN CRISIS

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    Starkova, Nadezhda; Tolstova, Alisa; Ubogova, Ekaterina

    2015-01-01

    Todays situation of Russian automotive industry and automotive market has been analyzed. Main factors influencing for their position have been revealed, short-term forecast of development has been presented. Directions for stabilization of situation in production and sales of cars in Russia have been formulated.

  8. Automotive mechatronics automotive networking, driving stability systems, electronics

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    2015-01-01

    As the complexity of automotive vehicles increases this book presents operational and practical issues of automotive mechatronics. It is a comprehensive introduction to controlled automotive systems and provides detailed information of sensors for travel, angle, engine speed, vehicle speed, acceleration, pressure, temperature, flow, gas concentration etc. The measurement principles of the different sensor groups are explained and examples to show the measurement principles applied in different types. Contents Basics of mechatronics.- Architecture.- Electronic control unit.- Software development.- Basic principles of networking.- Automotive networking.- Bus systems.- Automotive sensors.- Sensor measuring principles.- Sensor types.- Electric actuators.- Electrohydraulic actuators.- Electronic transmission control.- Electronic transmission control unit.- Modules for transmission control.- Antilock braking system.- Traction control system.- Electronic stability program.- Automatic brake functions.- Hydraulic modu...

  9. Reliability in automotive ethernet networks

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    Soares, Fabio L.; Campelo, Divanilson R.; Yan, Ying;

    2015-01-01

    This paper provides an overview of in-vehicle communication networks and addresses the challenges of providing reliability in automotive Ethernet in particular.......This paper provides an overview of in-vehicle communication networks and addresses the challenges of providing reliability in automotive Ethernet in particular....

  10. Automotive systems engineering

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    Winner, Hermann

    2013-01-01

    This book reflects the shift in design paradigm in automobile industry. It presents future innovations, often referred as  “automotive systems engineering”.  These cause fundamental innovations in the field of driver assistance systems and electro-mobility as well as fundamental changes in the architecture of the vehicles. New driving functionalities can only be realized if the software programs of multiple electronic control units work together correctly. This volume presents the new and innovative methods which are mandatory to master the complexity of the vehicle of the future.

  11. The automotive transmission book

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    Fischer, Robert; Jürgens, Gunter; Najork, Rolf; Pollak, Burkhard

    2015-01-01

    This book presents essential information on systems and interactions in automotive transmission technology and outlines the methodologies used to analyze and develop transmission concepts and designs. Functions of and interactions between components and subassemblies of transmissions are introduced, providing a basis for designing transmission systems and for determining their potentials and properties in vehicle-specific applications: passenger cars, trucks, buses, tractors, and motorcycles. With these fundamentals the presentation provides universal resources for both state-of-the-art and future transmission technologies, including systems for electric and hybrid electric vehicles.

  12. Automotive battery technology

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    Watzenig, Daniel

    2014-01-01

    The use of electrochemical energy storage systems in automotive applications also involves new requirements for modeling these systems, especially in terms of model depth and model quality. Currently, mainly simple application-oriented models are used to describe the physical behavior of batteries. This book provides a step beyond of state-of-the-art modeling showing various different approaches covering following aspects: system safety, misuse behavior (crash, thermal runaway), battery state estimation and electrochemical modeling with the needed analysis (pre/post mortem). All this different approaches are developed to support the overall integration process from a multidisciplinary point-of-view and depict their further enhancements to this process.

  13. Wavelength Converters

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    Kloch, Allan; Hansen, Peter Bukhave; Wolfson, David;

    1999-01-01

    at 2.5 Gbit/s, the regeneration causes a reduction of the required input power to an in-line EDFA of ~6 dB for a power penalty of 1 dB at a bit error rate of 10-9. If two converters are concatenated the power requirement is reduced ~8 dB. Obviously, the power reduction allows for longer spans between....... It is predicted that jitter accumulation can be minimised by using a 9-10 dB ratio between the signal and CW power also assuring a high extinction ratio. Using this guideline simulations show that 20 cross-gain modulation converters can be cascaded at 10 Gbit/s with only ~20 ps of accumulated jitter...... and an extinction ratio of ~10 dB.The regenerative capabilities of the cross-phase converters are described and verified experimentally at 20 Gbit/s, where the noise redistribution and improvement of the signal-to-noise ratio clearly is demonstrated by controlling the input power to an EDFA. In a similar experiment...

  14. Certification of Pd and Pt single spikes and application to the quantification of Pt and Pd in automotive exhaust emissions

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    Vogl, Jochen; Meyer, Christian; Noordmann, Janine; Rienitz, Olaf; Geilert, Sonja

    2014-05-01

    Numerous epidemiological studies show the effect of increased ambient pollution. Therefore measurement networks for air quality have been installed worldwide and legislation requires the monitoring of air pollution. Besides monitoring it is also important to be able to identify, to quantify and finally to regulate the emission of distinct sources in order to improve the quality of life. Automotive vehicles are a major source of environmental pollution especially through contaminants such as CO, NOX, SOX and hydrocarbons which derive from petrol combustion, while for example Platinum Group Elements (PGE) can be present from catalytic converters. The release of PGE into the environment, however, may be damaging in terms of public health, ecological and economic interests. In order to reliably assess the risks from PGEs, traceable and thus comparable data on the release rates of PGE from automotive catalysers are needed. As no Certified Reference Materials (CRM) are available for such samples the development of analytical procedures enabling SI-traceable results will be challenging. Therefore reference procedures for Pd and Pt in automotive exhaust emissions based on isotope dilution mass spectrometry (IDMS) have been developed and applied to specifically sampled automotive exhaust emissions. Due to the commonly known advantages, IDMS often is applied for quantification PGEs, as is the case within this work. The main reasons here are the required accuracy and the low PGE mass fractions in the sample. In order to perform IDMS analysis the analyte element must be available in an isotopically enriched form as so-called spike material or solution thereof, which is mixed with the sample. Unfortunately, no certified PGE spike solutions are available yet. To fill this gap two single PGE spikes, one 106Pd and one 194Pt spike, have been produced and characterized. The selection of the isotopes, the production of the solutions and the ampoulation will be described in this

  15. Tank-automotive robotics

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    Lane, Gerald R.

    1999-07-01

    To provide an overview of Tank-Automotive Robotics. The briefing will contain program overviews & inter-relationships and technology challenges of TARDEC managed unmanned and robotic ground vehicle programs. Specific emphasis will focus on technology developments/approaches to achieve semi- autonomous operation and inherent chassis mobility features. Programs to be discussed include: DemoIII Experimental Unmanned Vehicle (XUV), Tactical Mobile Robotics (TMR), Intelligent Mobility, Commanders Driver Testbed, Collision Avoidance, International Ground Robotics Competition (ICGRC). Specifically, the paper will discuss unique exterior/outdoor challenges facing the IGRC competing teams and the synergy created between the IGRC and ongoing DoD semi-autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicle and DoT Intelligent Transportation System programs. Sensor and chassis approaches to meet the IGRC challenges and obstacles will be shown and discussed. Shortfalls in performance to meet the IGRC challenges will be identified.

  16. Session 6: Effect of SO{sub 2} upon the reduction of No with C{sub 3}H{sub 8} using a fresh commercial Pt-Pd-Rh three-way catalytic converter

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    Hernandez-Teran, M.E.; Martinez-Hernandez, A.; Rodriguez-Hernandez, F.; Fuentes, G.A. [Area de Ing. Quimica, Universidad A. Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, A.P., D. F (Mexico)

    2004-07-01

    In this work we studied the effect of SO{sub 2} upon the activity for oxidation of C{sub 3}H{sub 8} and NO reduction under stoichiometric conditions using a commercial Pt-Pd-Rh TWCC, a generic converter, employed to replace factory-installed TWCC that fail the statutory twice-yearly evaluation in Mexico City. There is hardly any information regarding the sensitivity of generic converters towards sulfur in gasoline, and that clearly is an issue when establishing city or nationwide plans to reformulate gasoline. (authors)

  17. Exhaust gas energy recovery system of pneumatic driving automotive engine

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    Han Yongqiang; Sun Wenxu; Li Qinghua; Zhong Ming; Hao Wei; Du Wenchang

    2011-01-01

    Almost the same quantity to net output work of energy has been carried out and wasted by exhaust gas in typical automotive engine. Recovering the energy from exhaust gas and converting to mechanical energy will dramatically increase the heat efficiency and decrease the fuel consumption. With the increasing demand of fuel conservation, exhaust gas energy recovery technologies have been a hot topic. At present, many researches have been focused on heating or cooling the cab, mechanical energy using and thermo-electronic converting. Unfortunately, the complicated transmission of mechanical energy using and the depressed efficiency of thermo-electronic converting restrict their widely applying. In this paper, a kind of exhaust gas energy recovery system of pneumatic driving automotive engine, in which highly compressed air acts as energy storing and converting carrier, has been established. Pneumatic driving motor can produce moderate speed and high torque output, which is compatible for engine using. The feasibility has been certificated by GT-Power simulation and laboratory testes. The technologies about increasing recovery efficiency have been discussed in detail. The results demonstrated that the in parallel exhaust gas energy recovery system, which is similar to the compound turbo-charger structure can recovery 8 to 10 percent of rated power output. At last, a comprehensive system,which includes Rankine cycle based power wheel cycle unit etc. , has been introduced.

  18. An Experimental Study on Catalytic Cracking of Polyethylene and Engine Oils

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    S.K. Kimutai

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available The utility of plastics and engine oils is very important due to their wide application in the packaging and automotive industries respectively and as such their continued use has led to an in increase in plastics and oil waste. However, the huge amount of plastic and engine oil waste produced may be treated with thermal catalytic methods to produce fossil fuel substitutes. In this research, the co-processing of polyethylene resin with petrol engine oil into high value hydrocarbons using thermal catalytic cracking (consisting of initial pyrolytic stage followed by a catalytic reforming stage was investigated. Plastic resins and petrol engine oil were loaded in the thermal reactor and HZSM-5 zeolite catalyst placed in the catalytic chamber. The system was purged with nitrogen at temperatures between 400 and 520oC. The resulting products were compared with those obtained in the absence of a catalyst. At temperatures greater than 460oC the conversion into liquid and gas fuels is above 70% wt. At similar temperatures and in the absence of catalyst, thermal cracking of low density polyethylene generated majorly liquid products with a low calorific value. The use of HZSM-5 as a catalyst caused a significant increase in the proportion of gaseous hydrocarbons that consisted mainly of light fraction olefins and liquid oil with calorific value of 43.9 MJ/kg and also comparable to regular petrol fuel. This study focuses on developing a method of conversion that can be adopted by industries as a means of converting waste plastics and waste oils into resources rather than waste.

  19. MEMS for automotive and aerospace applications

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    Kraft, Michael

    2013-01-01

    MEMS for automotive and aerospace applications reviews the use of Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) in developing solutions to the unique challenges presented by the automotive and aerospace industries.Part one explores MEMS for a variety of automotive applications. The role of MEMS in passenger safety and comfort, sensors for automotive vehicle stability control applications and automotive tire pressure monitoring systems are considered, along with pressure and flow sensors for engine management, and RF MEMS for automotive radar sensors. Part two then goes on to explore MEMS for

  20. HIL Simulation of Power Electronics and Electric Drives for Automotive Applications

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    Frank Puschmann

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Hardware-in-the-loop simulation is today a standard method for testing electronic equipment in the automotive industry. Since electric drives and power electronic devices are more and more important in automotive applications, these kinds of systems have to be integrated into the hardware-in-the-loop simulation. Power converters and electric drives are used in many different applications in vehicles today (hybrid electric or electric powertrain, electric steering systems, DC-DC converters, etc.. The wide range of applications, topologies, and power levels results in various different approaches and solutions for hardware-in-the-loop testing. This paper gives an overview of hardware-in-the-loop simulation of power electronics and electric drives in the automotive industry. The currently available technologies are described and future challenges are outlined.

  1. State Estimation in the Automotive SCR DeNOx Process

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    Zhou, Guofeng; Jørgensen, John Bagterp; Duwig, Christophe;

    2012-01-01

    Selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of nitrogen oxides (NOx) is a widely applied diesel engine exhaust gas after-treatment technology. For effective NOx removal in a transient operating automotive application, controlled dosing of urea can be used to meet the increasingly restrictive legislations...... on exhaust gas emissions. For advanced control, e.g. Model Predictive Control (MPC), of the SCR process, accurate state estimates are needed. We investigate the performance of the ordinary and the extended Kalman filters based on a simple first principle system model. The performance is tested through...

  2. Measurements of carbonyl sulfide in automotive emissions and an assessment of its importance to the global sulfur cycle

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    Fried, Alan; Henry, Bruce; Ragazzi, Ronald A.; Merrick, Michael; Stokes, Joseph; Pyzdrowski, Thad; Sams, Robert

    1992-09-01

    Carbonyl sulfide (OCS) is thought to be the major precursor to the background stratospheric aerosol sulfate layer during nonvolcanic time periods. Long-term perturbations to this layer from increased OCS emissions could significantly influence the Earth's radiation budget, climate, and ozone levels. The present study was carried out in an effort to determine mass emission rates of OCS from automobiles, a potentially important global source of this gas. Studies were carried out on a variety of gasoline vehicles including those without catalytic converters, vehicles with older oxidation catalysts, and vehicles employing newer three-way catalysts. Preliminary measurements were also carried out on four diesel fuel cars and one medium-duty diesel fuel truck. Measurements of OCS were acquired by tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy, and in most cases, measurements of CO were also acquired. Gasoline vehicles, which included some of the lowest and some of the highest CO emitters on the road today, revealed very high correlation between OCS and CO mass emission rates. The OCS-CO linear regression resulted in a slope of (5.8 ± 1.6) × 10-6 (gOCS/gCO) and a correlation coefficient of 0.92. Our preliminary diesel fuel measurements resulted in a corresponding slope 34.5 times larger. On the basis of these results we calculated a global OCS source strength for gasoline and diesel fuel vehicles of 0.0008 to 0.008 Tg yr-1. The upper limit is a factor of 100 to 600 times less important than the sum of all OCS sources. In contrast to the global scale, automotive emissions of OCS may be important on a local scale, particularly when attempting to measure background concentrations and associated small secular trends. Our OCS-CO ratios have been shown to be very useful in helping to delineate automotive sources from other sources.

  3. Automotive Sensors and MEMS Technology

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    Nonomura, Yutaka

    - Automotive sensors are used for emission gas purification, energy conservation, car kinematic performance, safety and ITS (intelligent transportation system). The comparison of the sensor characteristics was made for their application area. Many kinds of the principles are applied for the sensors. There are two types of sensors, such as physical and chemical one. Many of the automotive sensors are physical type such as mechanical sensors. And a gas sensor is a chemical type. The sensors have been remarkably developed with the advancement of the MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) technology. In this paper, gas, pressure, combustion pressure, acceleration, magnetic, and angular rate sensors for automotive use are explained with their features. The sensors are key devices to control cars in the engine, power train, chassis and safety systems. The environment resistance, long term reliability, and low cost are required for the automotive sensors. They are very hard to be resolved. However, the sensor technology contributes greatly to improving global environment, energy conservation, and safety. The applications of automotive sensors will be expanded with the automobile developments.

  4. An automotive transmission for automotive gas turbine power plants

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    Polak, J. C.

    1980-01-01

    A joint government-industry program was initiated to investigate the two-shaft gas turbine concept as an alternative to present-day automotive powerplants. Both were examined, compared and evaluated on the basis of the federal automotive driving cycle in terms of specific fuel/power/speed characteristics of the engine and the efficiency and performance of the transmission. The results showed that an optimum match of vehicle, gas turbine engine, and conventional automatic transmission is capable of a significant improvement in fuel economy. This system offers many advantages that should lead to its wide acceptance in future vehicles.

  5. Supplier Selection in the Thai Automotive Industry

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    Nopprach, Somsupa

    2006-01-01

    This paper uses agglomeration theory to analyze the impact of Thai government policies on the development of the Thai automotive industry and cluster formation in Central and Eastern Thailand. Using cross-section data on 162 auto-parts suppliers from the Thailand Automotive Directory 2003-2004, the paper examines the criteria of supplier selection in the Thai automotive industry. Using logit models and cross-section data on 162 auto-parts suppliers from the Thailand Automotive Directory 2003-...

  6. Action Handbook for Automotive Service Instruction.

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    Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association of the U.S., Inc., Detroit, MI.

    The document is a handbook for a vocational automotive service education program which was formulated as a result of a four-day series of intensive workshops called the National Automotive Service Vocational Education Conference. The handbook discusses the major components of an automotive service vocational education program and aspects of their…

  7. Novel Design of HID Lamp Electronic Ballast for Automotive Systems

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    DU Ye-qiang; WANG Jin-hai; ZHENG Yu; ZHANG Cheng

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents a high intensity discharge(HID) lamp for automotive illumination.A novel type of ballast for HID is proposed without an acoustic resonance.The system consists of high frequency DC/DC converter,DC/AC inverter(SLA2403M), high voltage igniter and a microcontroller unit(MCU).The proposed ballast controls the complex start-up process and constant power process by programming on the microcontroller. It is verified that experimental results agree well with the calculated ones. The ballast features such functions as failure protection, line under-voltage, line over-voltage, output short circuit and disconnection protections.

  8. Development of a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) automotive auxiliary power unit (APU) fueled by gasoline

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    This paper describes the design and the development progress of a 3 to 5 auxiliary power unit (APU) based on a gasoline fueled solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). This fuel cell was supplied reformate gas (reactant) by a partial oxidation (POx) catalytic reformer utilizing liquid gasoline and designed by Delphi Automotive Systems. This reformate gas consists mainly of hydrogen, carbon monoxide and nitrogen and was fed directly in to the SOFC stack without any additional fuel reformer processing. The SOFC stack was developed by Global Thermoelectric and operates around 700oC. This automotive APU produces power to support future 42 volt vehicle electrical architectures and loads. The balance of the APU, designed by Delphi Automotive Systems, employs a packaging and insulation design to facilitate installation and operation on-board automobiles. (author)

  9. Automotive Electronics. Teacher Edition (Revised).

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    Mackert, Howard C.; Heiserman, Russell L.

    This learning module addresses computers and their applications in contemporary automobiles. The text provides students with information on automotive microcomputers and hands-on activities that will help them see how semiconductors and digital logic devices fit into the modern repair facility. The module contains nine instructional units that…

  10. Automotive Technologies. State Competency Profile.

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    Ohio Board of Regents, Columbus.

    This document, which lists the technical automotive technologies competencies identified by representatives from business, industry, and labor as well as technical educators throughout Ohio, is intended to assist individuals and organizations in developing college tech prep programs that will prepare students from secondary through post-secondary…

  11. Human factors in automotive innovation

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    Terken, J.; Ham, J.; Hoedemaeker, M.

    2011-01-01

    Many automotive innovations affect the driver's task and/or the driving experience. In this paper we argue that successful innovation in these cases requires that due attention is given to Human Factors issues in the course of the innovation process. We support this claim by examples from several re

  12. Innovative Technology in Automotive Technology

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    Gardner, John

    2007-01-01

    Automotive Technology combines hands-on training along with a fully integrated, interactive, computerized multistationed facility. Our program is a competency based, true open-entry/open-exit program that utilizes flexible self-paced course outlines. It is designed around an industry partnership that promotes community and economic development,…

  13. Catalytic reaction in confined flow channel

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    Van Hassel, Bart A.

    2016-03-29

    A chemical reactor comprises a flow channel, a source, and a destination. The flow channel is configured to house at least one catalytic reaction converting at least a portion of a first nanofluid entering the channel into a second nanofluid exiting the channel. The flow channel includes at least one turbulating flow channel element disposed axially along at least a portion of the flow channel. A plurality of catalytic nanoparticles is dispersed in the first nanofluid and configured to catalytically react the at least one first chemical reactant into the at least one second chemical reaction product in the flow channel.

  14. 三元催化转化器转化效率影响因素分析%Influencing Factors Analysis of Conversion Efficiency of Three-way Catalytic Converter

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    孔祥华; 张海东

    2011-01-01

    针对三元催化转化器的起燃特性,建立转化器的数学模型.给出数值求解方法,讨论了在起燃阶段,进气性质、氢气、孔密度和空速等因素对转化效率的影响.结果表明,增加进气温度,增大孔密度,可缩短起燃时间,提高转化率;适当增大空速有利于提高转化率.%According to the light-off behavior of three-way catalyst, the mathematical model has been developed. Mathematical model was solved by finite difference. It was discussed that inlet gas property, hydrogen, cell density and space velocity can affect the converter efficiency in the light-off period. The results show that light-off time can be reduced by increasing inlet gas temperature and cell density. Conversion efficiency also can be improved by increasing space velocity.

  15. Free automotive and heating fuels for home and farm

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    This book is for farmers or any landowners with access to free materials, such as agricultural wastes, that can be converted with minimum expense to heating fuel of to ethanol for automotive use. Farmers can learn how to make and use stoves, furnaces or stills for processing their own free materials for their own use or their neighbors. If one is a good mechanic one can learn how to adjust carburetors, to start a business converting engines to burn ethanol. The book is intended to provide the information you need to make practical use of waste materials and to save money. The book contains five chapters: Ethanol feedstocks; Crops for burning; Conversion to fuel; Fuel Utilization; and Business Opportunities. These chapters have been processed separately for inclusion on the data base

  16. 排气质量流量和过量空气系数对三效催化转换器动态特性的影响%Effect of Exhaust Mass Flow and Inlet Excess Air Ratio on Dynamic Characteristic of Three-Way Catalytic Converter

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    何玲; 于秀敏; 李国良; 李想; 杜婷婷; 许艳军

    2011-01-01

    在发动机瞬态工况下,试验研究了排气质量流量、过量空气系数的阶跃幅值和周期对三效催化转换器动态特性的影响规律.试验结果表明,排气质量流量、过量空气系数的阶跃幅值和周期对三效催化转换器活性层中铈(Ce)表面氧气吸附和脱附存储能力(OSC)、排放影响显著.稀混合气向浓混合气阶跃后,排气质量流量增加,出口过量空气系数在理论混合气的时间并不线性增加,三效催化转换器出口排放降低,排气流量增加到一定值时,排放性能恶化.由浓混合气向稀混合气阶跃后,催化转换器出口的过量空气系数在理论混合气的时间随排气质量流量、过量空气系数的幅值线性增加.老化三效催化转换器的氧存储力减弱,是车载自动诊断系统(OBD)检测催化转换器是否老化的依据.%Dynamic response of three-way catalytic converter with different exhaust mass flows, inlet amplitude and period was analyzed experimentally under transient conditions. Results show that engine emissions and oxygen storage capacity (OSC)of three-way catalytic converter with Ceria (Ce)catalyst on the washcoat is affected by exhaust mass flow, amplitude and period of inlet excess air ratio. When ex- haust mass flow increases, emissions decrease at the beginning and turn deteriorated at some mass flow, and duration of outlet excess air ratio at stoichiometry increases non-linearly after the lean-rich step. Dura- tion of outlet excess air ratio at stoichiometry increases linearly as increasing exhaust mass flow and outlet excess air ratio amplitude after the rich-lean step. Oxygen storage capacity of Ceria of aged three-way cata- lytic converter is low and the on-board diagnostics (OBD) can diagnose the condition of three-way cata- lytic converter.

  17. Catalytic activities of platinum nanotubes: a density functional study

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    Mukherjee, Prajna; Gupta, Bikash C.; Jena, Puru

    2015-10-01

    In this work we investigate the catalytic properties of platinum nanotubes using density functional theory based calculations. In particular, we study the dissociation of hydrogen and oxygen molecules as well as oxidation of CO molecules. The results indicate that platinum nanotubes have good catalytic properties and can be effectively used in converting CO molecule to CO2.

  18. Carbon footprint of automotive ignition coil

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    Chang, Huey-Ling; Chen, Chih-Ming; Sun, Chin-Huang; Lin, Hung-Di

    2015-07-01

    In recent years, environmental issues, such as climate change and global warming due to the excessive development of industry, have attracted increasing attention of citizens worldwide. It is known that CO2 accounts for the largest proportion of greenhouse gases. Therefore, how to reduce CO2 emissions during the life cycle of a product to lessen its impact on environment is an important topic in the industrial society. Furthermore, it is also of great significance to cut down the required energy so as to lower its production costs during the manufacturing process nowadays. This study presents the carbon footprint of an automotive ignition coil and its partial materials are defined to explore their carbon emissions and environmental impact. The model IPCC GWP100a calculates potential global greenhouse effect by converting them into CO2 equivalents. In this way, the overall carbon footprint of an ignition coil can be explored. By using IPCC GWP100a, the results display that the shell has the most carbon emissions. The results can help the industry reduce the carbon emissions of an ignition coil product.

  19. Catalytic Membrane Sensors

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    Boyle, T.J.; Brinker, C.J.; Gardner, T.J.; Hughes, R.C.; Sault, A.G.

    1998-12-01

    The proposed "catalytic membrane sensor" (CMS) was developed to generate a device which would selectively identify a specific reagent in a complex mixture of gases. This was to be accomplished by modifying an existing Hz sensor with a series of thin films. Through selectively sieving the desired component from a complex mixture and identifying it by decomposing it into Hz (and other by-products), a Hz sensor could then be used to detect the presence of the select component. The proposed "sandwich-type" modifications involved the deposition of a catalyst layered between two size selective sol-gel layers on a Pd/Ni resistive Hz sensor. The role of the catalyst was to convert organic materials to Hz and organic by-products. The role of the membraneo was to impart both chemical specificity by molecukir sieving of the analyte and converted product streams, as well as controlling access to the underlying Pd/Ni sensor. Ultimately, an array of these CMS elements encompassing different catalysts and membranes were to be developed which would enable improved selectivity and specificity from a compiex mixture of organic gases via pattern recognition methodologies. We have successfully generated a CMS device by a series of spin-coat deposited methods; however, it was determined that the high temperature required to activate the catalyst, destroys the sensor.

  20. Antenna Arrays and Automotive Applications

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    Rabinovich, Victor

    2013-01-01

    This book throws a lifeline to designers wading through mounds of antenna array patents looking for the most suitable systems for their projects. Drastically reducing the research time required to locate solutions to the latest challenges in automotive communications, it sorts and systematizes material on cutting-edge antenna arrays that feature multi-element communication systems with enormous potential for the automotive industry. These new systems promise to make driving safer and more efficient, opening up myriad applications, including vehicle-to-vehicle traffic that prevents collisions, automatic toll collection, vehicle location and fine-tuning for cruise control systems. This book’s exhaustive coverage begins with currently deployed systems, frequency ranges and key parameters. It proceeds to examine system geometry, analog and digital beam steering technology (including "smart" beams formed in noisy environments), maximizing signal-to-noise ratios, miniaturization, and base station technology that ...

  1. Advanced Materials for Automotive Application

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    In this paper some recent material developments will be overviewed mainly from the point of view of automotive industry. In car industry, metal forming is one of the most important manufacturing processes imposing severe restrictions on materials; these are often contradictory requirements, e.g. high strength simultaneously with good formability, etc. Due to these challenges and the ever increasing demand new material classes have been developed; however, the more and more wide application of high strength materials meeting the requirements stated by the mass reduction lead to increasing difficulties concerning the formability which requires significant technological developments as well. In this paper, the recent materials developments will be overviewed from the point of view of the automotive industry

  2. GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES IN AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY

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    NICOLETA ISAC

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The automotive sector is characterised by a relatively low trade/salesratio. While the production of most automotive producers in the world is spread over variouscountries in the value chain, the brands are still considered to reflect some national identity.Internationalisation strategies may change over the lifecycle of the product and automakerstend to pursue diametrically opposed strategies. In mature markets, it is about managing whatgoes on beneath a static surface; in emerging markets’ dynamic environments, companies muststrategically position themselves to benefit from growth opportunities. However, without theright strategy and execution in mature markets, it is clear that traditional OEMs cannot profitfrom emerging markets-the persistence of structural issues in mature market operationseventually will rob all but the most resilient competitors of the opportunity to compete inemerging markets.

  3. Rejuvenation of automotive fuel cells

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    Kim, Yu Seung; Langlois, David A.

    2016-08-23

    A process for rejuvenating fuel cells has been demonstrated to improve the performance of polymer exchange membrane fuel cells with platinum/ionomer electrodes. The process involves dehydrating a fuel cell and exposing at least the cathode of the fuel cell to dry gas (nitrogen, for example) at a temperature higher than the operating temperature of the fuel cell. The process may be used to prolong the operating lifetime of an automotive fuel cell.

  4. Automotive stamped part fatigue design

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    Caudoux Mélanie; Facchinetti Matteo Luca; Raynal Renaud

    2014-01-01

    Fatigue design of automotive axle parts is of prior concern because of these are high safety parts and they are expected to drive the overall vehicle mass reduction. In this framework, the stamping process is widely used to form axle parts, before assembling them by welding. Consequently, the mechanical and physical characteristics of the blank sheet are modified, having a strong influence on the fatigue behavior. In this paper, we address the consequences of the stamped process on the fatigu...

  5. Noise Radiation from Automotive Turbochargers

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    Zhenrui, Wang

    2011-01-01

    Turbochargers are now commonly used in modern automotive engines, which increase the density of air entering the engine to produce more power. This device not only greatly improves the degree of engine efficiency, but also reduces the pollutant emissions. However, one of the important issues which must be considered is the noise from turbochargers. This noise can radiate either after propagation through the intake and exhaust ducts or via induced vibrations in the turbocharger housing. Here t...

  6. Applications of thin coatings in automotive industry

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    P. Louda

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Use of thin coatings in automotive industry give economic and ecological savings. This is evoke by reducing of weight of used construction elements and currently by increasing of their service life and with that connected elevating of nanomaterials manufacture qualities.Design/methodology/approach: In the paper was disscussed the possibility of applications of thin coating in automotive industry.Findings: The paper shows the examples of thin coatings application in automotive industry.Practical implications: Through the assimilation, improvement, and generation of new technologies, the coating community, as a major supplier to the very large automotive industry, will continue to thrive, grow, and maintain its environmental stewardship in the global marketplace.Originality/value: Applications of thin coatings in automotive industry is and with nanotechnology together will be in centre of interest of automotive industry in near future.

  7. Simulation based design of automotive systems

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    Schiehlen, Werner

    1993-01-01

    The design of automotive systems using simulation tools features cost reduction and quality enhancement. This paper presents two basic approaches. The rust approach deals with the application of CAD data bases to the evaluation of input data for multibody system formalisms, most adequate for automotive system modeling. An object oriented data model for multibody systems is presented. The second approach covers the development of an integrated simulation tool for automotive vehicles and the co...

  8. Systems thinking in designing automotive textiles

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    Sinha, Pammi; Muthu, Subramanian Senthilkannan; Taylor, Iain; Schulz, Rita; Beverley, Katharine J.; Day, Claire L.; Tipi, Nicoleta S.

    2015-01-01

    We present the complexities in terms of designing automotive exterior seating materials (seat coverings and interior linings) at Sage Automotive Interiors (UK), which is a division of a global international automotive textile supplier with headquarters in the US. Sustainability and innovation are emphasized in documents communicating the company’s vision. Using a case study approach, we consider the current design, development and manufacture process and examine it for the potential for feedb...

  9. Applications of thin coatings in automotive industry

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    P. Louda

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: Use of thin coatings in automotive industry give economic and ecological savings. This is evoke by reducing of weight of used construction elements and currently by increasing of their service life and with that connected elevating of nanomaterials manufacture qualities.Design/methodology/approach: In the paper was disscussed the possibility of applications of thin coating in automotive industry.Findings: The paper shows the examples of thin coatings application in automotive industr...

  10. 三元催化器冷起动排放的数值模拟:数学模型与结果分析%Numerical Simulation of Cold-Start Emission for the Three-Way Catalytic Converter:Mathematical Model and Result Analysis

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    吴国江; 黄震; 陈晓玲

    2004-01-01

    This paper integrated a two-dimensional axisymmetrical transient model applicable to cold-start emission applications.The model can be used to simulate and explain effects of the flow and temperature distribution on performance of a converter.The evolutions of distribution of the temperature and concentration in the monolith during the cold-start period and the effects of flow distribution in the monolith on the cold-start performance are simulated in terms of the integrated model.The investigation indicates that the axial and radial gradients of temperature of the solid become steeper as the inlet gas temperature ramp increases; this furthermore results in the movement of reaction region in the monolith,and the flow distribution in the monolith affects the radial distribution of temperature of the solid;the radial gradients of temperature of the solid become greater as the flow uniformity index decreases,whereas the light-off time doesn't always increase as the flow uniformity index decreases.The analyses on the distribution of temperature and concentration in the monolith show that the catalytic reaction zone concentrates in central area near the front face.The predicted curves of the velocity distribution have a good agreement with the experimental data.

  11. Selective catalytic reduction of nitrogen oxides with ammonia over microporous zeolite catalysts

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    VENNESTROM, PETER NICOLAI RAVNBORG

    2014-01-01

    With increasing legislative demands to remove nitrogen oxides (NOx) from automotive diesel exhaust, new catalyst systems are investigated and intensely studied in industry as well in academia. The most prevailing catalytic method of choice is the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) where non-toxic urea is used as a reductant for practical reasons. Usually urea is stored in a separate tank and once injected into the exhaust system it hydrolyses into the more aggressive reductant NH3 and CO2. ...

  12. 8th DFO Automotive conference - European automotive coating

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    2001-07-01

    The present CD-ROM of the DFO Conference ''European Automotive Coating'' held on the 14th and 15th May 2001 in Dresden, Germany, contents the following contributions: Contents (1) Plenary Lecture-Car Body Painting in the Digital Factory (2) Off-line painting of a smc Oe tailgate in topcoat colour; (3) Twincure UV - New Concepts for the Surface Treatment of Glass-Fiber-Reinforced; Plastics; (4) New Concepts for Exterior Coating - ''Funktionsschicht 3'' First Experiences and the ''Ludwigsfelde Concept''; (5) Application techniques in the light of new automation concepts in automotive painting; (6) Automatic Management System for Car Body Pretreatment; (7) Surface Inspection on Bodies in White in Automotive Industry; (8) Online Measurement and Control of E-coat Bath Parameters in a Car Body Paint Shop - Development until Maturity for Manufacturing - Practical Experiences; (9) Automated Process Diagnosis; (10) Wavescan DOI Oe Challenge or Data Overkill; (11) Robot Aided Online Metrology for Quality Assurance and Process Control of Coated Surfaces; (12) Physical Simulation of Film Thickness Distribution and Transfer Efficiency in the Electrostatically Supported Painting process; (13) Offline Simulation of the Coating Process with High-Speed Bell and Pneumatic Atomizers; (14) Top coat simulation - First applications and results; (15) Virtual color design. (AKF) (orig.) [German] Die vorliegende zweisprachige (Deutsch/Englisch) CD-ROM der DFO-Tagung ''European Automotive Coating'' vom 14. und 15. Mai 2001 beinhaltet die folgenden Beitraegen: Inhaltsverzeichnis (1) Leitvortrag ''Die Automobillackierung in der digitalen Fabrik''; (2) Off-line Lackierung von SMC-Heckklappen in Decklackfarbe; (3) Hybrid UV-Haertung - Neue Konzepte zur Oberflaechenveredelung von glasfaserverstaerkten Duroplasten; (4) Neue Konzepte fuer die Aussenhautlackierung - Fukntionsschicht 3 - Erste

  13. Wavelength converter technology

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    Kloch, Allan; Hansen, Peter Bukhave; Poulsen, Henrik Nørskov;

    1999-01-01

    Wavelength conversion is important since it ensures full flexibility of the WDM network layer. Progress in optical wavelength converter technology is reviewed with emphasis on air-optical wavelength converter types based on semiconductor optical amplifiers....

  14. Caracterização textural, morfológica e estrutural de catalisadores automotivos novos e usados Textural, morphological and structural characterization of new and used automotive catalysts

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    R. A. Silva

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Conversores catalíticos ou catalisadores automotivos são formados por metais nobres como platina, paládio, ródio e molibdênio, suportados em filmes de alumina depositados em cordierita, um material cerâmico poroso, os quais convertem gases poluentes em dióxido de carbono, água e nitrogênio, produtos não poluentes. Neste trabalho, é discutida a desativação de catalisadores automotivos devido às altas temperaturas de operação e por contaminação inorgânica originária dos combustíveis e óleos utilizados. Catalisadores novos e usados foram analisados por adsorção gasosa, picnometria, difração de raios X, e microscopia eletrônica de varredura para caracterizações texturais, morfológicas e estruturais. Microssonda eletrônica foi utilizada para detectar a composição dos catalisadores e dos seus contaminantes.Catalytic converters or automotive catalyst are formed by noble metals such as platinum, rhodium, palladium, and molybdenum supported in cordierite, a porous ceramic materials which convert the pollutant gases in carbon dioxide, water and nitrogenous, no-pollutant products. In this work, we discuss the deactivation of automotive catalyst due to the high operation temperature and by inorganic contaminants originating in engine oil and fuel. New and used catalysts were analyzed by gas adsorption, picnometry, X-ray diffraction, thermal analyses and scanning electron microscopy for textural, morphological and structural characterization. EDS and WDS electron microprobe were used to detect the composition of the catalysts and their contaminants.

  15. Wavelength converter technology

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    Kloch, Allan; Hansen, Peter Bukhave; Poulsen, Henrik Nørskov;

    1999-01-01

    Wavelength conversion is important since it ensures full flexibility of the WDM network layer. Progress in optical wavelength converter technology is reviewed with emphasis on all-optical wavelength converter types based on semiconductor optical amplifiers.......Wavelength conversion is important since it ensures full flexibility of the WDM network layer. Progress in optical wavelength converter technology is reviewed with emphasis on all-optical wavelength converter types based on semiconductor optical amplifiers....

  16. Molecular catalytic coal liquid conversion

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    Stock, L.M.; Yang, Shiyong [Univ. of Chicago, IL (United States)

    1995-12-31

    This research, which is relevant to the development of new catalytic systems for the improvement of the quality of coal liquids by the addition of dihydrogen, is divided into two tasks. Task 1 centers on the activation of dihydrogen by molecular basic reagents such as hydroxide ion to convert it into a reactive adduct (OH{center_dot}H{sub 2}){sup {minus}} that can reduce organic molecules. Such species should be robust withstanding severe conditions and chemical poisons. Task 2 is focused on an entirely different approach that exploits molecular catalysts, derived from organometallic compounds that are capable of reducing monocyclic aromatic compounds under very mild conditions. Accomplishments and conclusions are discussed.

  17. Catalytic production of biodiesel

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    Theilgaard Madsen, A.

    2011-07-01

    The focus of this thesis is the catalytic production of diesel from biomass, especially emphasising catalytic conversion of waste vegetable oils and fats. In chapter 1 an introduction to biofuels and a review on different catalytic methods for diesel production from biomass is given. Two of these methods have been used industrially for a number of years already, namely the transesterification (and esterification) of oils and fats with methanol to form fatty acid methyl esters (FAME), and the hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) of fats and oils to form straight-chain alkanes. Other possible routes to diesel include upgrading and deoxygenation of pyrolysis oils or aqueous sludge wastes, condensations and reductions of sugars in aqueous phase (aqueous-phase reforming, APR) for monofunctional hydrocarbons, and gasification of any type of biomass followed by Fischer-Tropsch-synthesis for alkane biofuels. These methods have not yet been industrialised, but may be more promising due to the larger abundance of their potential feedstocks, especially waste feedstocks. Chapter 2 deals with formation of FAME from waste fats and oils. A range of acidic catalysts were tested in a model fat mixture of methanol, lauric acid and trioctanoin. Sulphonic acid-functionalised ionic liquids showed extremely fast convertion of lauric acid to methyl laurate, and trioctanoate was converted to methyl octanoate within 24 h. A catalyst based on a sulphonated carbon-matrix made by pyrolysing (or carbonising) carbohydrates, so-called sulphonated pyrolysed sucrose (SPS), was optimised further. No systematic dependency on pyrolysis and sulphonation conditions could be obtained, however, with respect to esterification activity, but high activity was obtained in the model fat mixture. SPS impregnated on opel-cell Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and microporous SiO{sub 2} (ISPS) was much less active in the esterification than the original SPS powder due to low loading and thereby low number of strongly acidic sites on the

  18. 78 FR 36633 - National Automotive Sampling System

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    2013-06-18

    ... crash data files are made available to the public; and Examine using new data collection methods and... National Highway Traffic Safety Administration National Automotive Sampling System AGENCY: National Highway... Automotive Sampling System (NASS) or Data Modernization (DataMod). NHTSA announces that it will hold a...

  19. A comprehensive framework for automotive sustainability assessment

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    Jasinski, D.; Meredith, J.; Kirwan, K.

    2016-01-01

    Business efficiency, stakeholder pressure and the need for legislative compliance compel the automotive sector to design and manufacture fuel-efficient, low-impact, environmentally responsible and sustainable vehicles. Managing and responding to these multiple and sometimes conflicting interests requires the measurement of economic, environmental and societal performance. Although a number of automotive sustainability measures are mentioned within the literature, there is no singl...

  20. 77 FR 37471 - National Automotive Sampling System

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    2012-06-21

    ... complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477-78) or you... National Highway Traffic Safety Administration National Automotive Sampling System AGENCY: National Highway... comments. SUMMARY: The NHTSA is conducting a comprehensive review of the National Automotive...

  1. Using Technology to Enhance an Automotive Program

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    Ashton, Denis

    2009-01-01

    Denis Ashton uses technology in his automotive technology program at East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) to positively impact student outcomes. Ashton, the department chair for the automotive programs at EVIT, in Mesa, Arizona, says that using an interactive PowerPoint curriculum makes learning fun for students and provides immediate…

  2. The electrical, thermal and spatial integration of a converter in a power electronic module

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    Gerber, M.B.

    2005-01-01

    This thesis is concerned with the design and implementation of a power electronic system (14/42V DC/DC converter) that is implemented in the automotive environment, specifically the engine compartment. The power electronic system must have a high power density while operating in a high temperature e

  3. Electrorheology for smart automotive suspensions

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    Lou, Z.; Winkler, C. B.; Ervin, R. D.; Filisko, F. E.; Venhovens, P. J.

    1994-06-01

    The purpose of the work reported was to demonstrate the suitability of electrorheological (ER) technology for adaptive control of suspension forces on tracked and wheeled vehicles. The mechanical shear strength properties of ER fluids change in response to the application of an electric field. The change is very rapid and fully reversible. This property was used to create an automotive suspension damper whose resistive force is readily controlled by an external electrical signal. The device was applied in a semiactive suspension system for the Army's high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV). The work reported covers a range of development tasks including definition of the semiactive control algorithm, ER fluid formulation, design and fabrication of an ER damper, design of an electrical control circuit, creation of a quarter-HMMWV test stand for the simulation of ride vibrations, laboratory measurement of the ER-damped performance characteristics over a range of physically simulated operating conditions, and computer simulation of the quarter-HMMWV system. The research demonstrated that an ER damper and appropriate control circuits could out-perform the conventional hydraulic shock absorber, but that various complexities tend to impede broad application of electrorheology in automotive devices.

  4. Automotive Battery Modelling and Management

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    N. M. Hammad

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The estimation of vehicle battery performance is typically addressed by testing the battery under specific operation conditions by using a model to represent the test results. Approaches for representing test results range from simple statistical models to neural networks to complex, physics-based models. Basing the model on test data could be problematical when testing becomes impractical with many years life time tests. So, real time estimation of battery performance, an important problem in automotive applications, falls into this area. In vehicles it is important to know the state of charge of the batteries in order to prevent vehicle stranding and to ensure that the full range of the vehicle operation is exploited. In this paper, several battery models have studied including analytical, electrical circuits, stochastic and electro- chemical models. Valve Regulated Lead Acid “VRLA” battery has been modelled using electric circuit technique. This model is considered in the proposed Battery Monitoring System “BMS”. The proposed BMS includes data acquisition, data analysis and prediction of battery performance under a hypothetical future loads. Based on these criteria, a microprocessor based BMS prototype had been built and tested in automotive Lab,. The tests show promising results that can be used in industrial applications

  5. Automotive stamped part fatigue design

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    Caudoux Mélanie

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Fatigue design of automotive axle parts is of prior concern because of these are high safety parts and they are expected to drive the overall vehicle mass reduction. In this framework, the stamping process is widely used to form axle parts, before assembling them by welding. Consequently, the mechanical and physical characteristics of the blank sheet are modified, having a strong influence on the fatigue behavior. In this paper, we address the consequences of the stamped process on the fatigue design and how they may be effectively taken into account in the automotive industry. Actually, the coupling between the stamping process and the fatigue design is under development at PSA Peugeot Citroën Company since several years. Such an analysis deals with some major topics: thickness variation, plastic hardening and deformation, and residual stress. All of these ingredients result in fatigue criteria evolutions: it is important to stress that the stamping process can have advantageous or disadvantageous consequences on the fatigue design. This is here highlighted on some examples, dealing with front and rear axles.

  6. Investigation into the Possibilities of Functioning Catalytic Converter

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    Saugirdas Pukalskas; Virginijus Švelnia; Ričardas Vėgneris

    2012-01-01

    The paper considers the principles of catalyst operations and chemical reactions proceeding within. Also, the modes used for defining the efficiency of the catalyst are reviewed. Experimental investigation has been carried out to help with assessing the efficacy of the catalyst according to the concentration of noxious fractions and differences in temperature before and behind the catalyst. Nine Otto engine vehicles have been tested. The applicable contamination level and efficiency of cataly...

  7. Investigation into the Possibilities of Functioning Catalytic Converter

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    Saugirdas Pukalskas

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available The paper considers the principles of catalyst operations and chemical reactions proceeding within. Also, the modes used for defining the efficiency of the catalyst are reviewed. Experimental investigation has been carried out to help with assessing the efficacy of the catalyst according to the concentration of noxious fractions and differences in temperature before and behind the catalyst. Nine Otto engine vehicles have been tested. The applicable contamination level and efficiency of catalyst performance of the vehicles have been set. The conclusion reveals that flowing gas temperature within the vehicle having an effectively performing catalyst is always lower than out flowing gas temperature.

  8. Control Oriented Modeling of the Dynamics in a Catalytic Converter

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    Johansson, Jenny; Waller, Mikaela

    2005-01-01

    Avgasmängden som bensindrivna fordon tillåts släppa ut minskas hela tiden. Ett sätt att möta framtida krav, är att förbättra katalysatorns effektivitet. För att göra detta kan luft-bränsle-förhållandet regleras med avseende på syrelagringen i katalysatorn, istället för som idag, reglera mot stökiometriskt blandningsförhållande. Eftersom syrelagringen inte går att mäta med en givare behövs en modell som beskriver katalysatorns dynamiska egenskaper. Tre sådana modeller har undersökts, utvärdera...

  9. Automotive Fuels Survey. Part 1. Raw materials and conversion

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    Elam, N. [ed.

    1996-12-01

    The purpose of the title survey is to present an overview of important aspects of raw materials and their conversion to automotive fuels. In combination with Part 2 (Distribution and use of conventional and alternative automotive fuels) it considers the complete well to wheel chain of various fuels. Part 3 (to be published in 1998) will present a direct comparison of the well to wheel chains of the various fuels under consideration. In this part of the IEA/AFIS Annual Report a number of key aspects of the various substances, which are, or have been, proposed as road transport fuels are discussed. The reviews of each type of raw material start with a presentation of the availability of the different energy sources. Next, the subjects of exploration, production and cultivation and harvesting of the various energy sources and the logistics of transporting them to factories where they must be converted into transport fuels are discussed, including the technology, costs and efficiency of the processing. figs., tabs., refs.

  10. The process greasoline {sup registered}. Catalytic cracking of used vegetable oils and vegetable products; Das greasoline {sup registered} -Verfahren. Katalytisches Cracken von gebrauchten Pflanzenoelen und Pflanzenprodukten

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    Danzig, Joachim; Fastabend, Anna; Greve, Anna; Heil, Volker; Juricev-Spiric, Marko; Kraft, Axel; Krzanowski, Marcin; Meller, Karl; Menne, Andreas; Unger, Christoph; Urban, Wolfgang [Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Umwelt-, Sicherheits- und Energietechnik UMSICHT, Oberhausen (Germany)

    2009-12-15

    Converting bio-based waste oils and fats as well as non-edible plant oils into oxygen-free components for quality aviation, shipping and automotive fuels represents a promising option to use these materials. Catalytic cracking over microporous and mesoporous catalysts like activated carbon offers a suitable process of considerable commercial and ecological potential. Moreover, this technology can be applied in order to produce high-caloric fuel gases like bio-based LPG. For example, these gases could be used for upgrading bio-methane into true bio-based synthetic natural gas without adding fossil components. Such a mixture would be ready to be fed into natural gas pipelines. In the future, used bio-hydraulic-oils could be collected and used as biofuels feedstock. Conversion of bio-hydraulic-oils as model substances resulted in organic liquid product yields of up to 64 wt.-%. Catalytic cracking of Jatropha Curcas-oil revealed the catalyst's usage time to be as important as the reaction temperature for optimising fuel gas production. (orig.)

  11. Catalytic conversion of alcohols to hydrocarbons with low benzene content

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    Narula, Chaitanya K.; Davison, Brian H.; Keller, Martin

    2016-09-06

    A method for converting an alcohol to a hydrocarbon fraction having a lowered benzene content, the method comprising: converting said alcohol to a hydrocarbon fraction by contacting said alcohol, under conditions suitable for converting said alcohol to said hydrocarbon fraction, with a metal-loaded zeolite catalyst catalytically active for converting said alcohol to said hydrocarbon fraction, and contacting said hydrocarbon fraction with a benzene alkylation catalyst, under conditions suitable for alkylating benzene, to form alkylated benzene product in said hydrocarbon fraction. Also described is a catalyst composition useful in the method, comprising a mixture of (i) a metal-loaded zeolite catalyst catalytically active for converting said alcohol to said hydrocarbon, and (ii) a benzene alkylation catalyst, in which (i) and (ii) may be in a mixed or separated state. A reactor for housing the catalyst and conducting the reaction is also described.

  12. Catalytic conversion of alcohols to hydrocarbons with low benzene content

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    Narula, Chaitanya K.; Davison, Brian H.; Keller, Martin

    2016-03-08

    A method for converting an alcohol to a hydrocarbon fraction having a lowered benzene content, the method comprising: converting said alcohol to a hydrocarbon fraction by contacting said alcohol, under conditions suitable for converting said alcohol to said hydrocarbon fraction, with a metal-loaded zeolite catalyst catalytically active for converting said alcohol to said hydrocarbon fraction, and contacting said hydrocarbon fraction with a benzene alkylation catalyst, under conditions suitable for alkylating benzene, to form alkylated benzene product in said hydrocarbon fraction. Also described is a catalyst composition useful in the method, comprising a mixture of (i) a metal-loaded zeolite catalyst catalytically active for converting said alcohol to said hydrocarbon, and (ii) a benzene alkylation catalyst, in which (i) and (ii) may be in a mixed or separated state. A reactor for housing the catalyst and conducting the reaction is also described.

  13. Technology Transfer in the Global Automotive Value Chain. Lessons from the Turkish Automotive Industry

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    M. Teoman Pamukçu; Alper Sönmez

    2011-01-01

    The automotive industry is one of the main contributors to value added, employment and exports of the Turkish economy and it has undergone major changes since the mid-nineties. Most of the automotive manufacturers in Turkey are either joint ventures or wholly-owned affiliates of multinational companies. Literature on global value chains point to the possibility of technology transfer occurring through backward linkages from automotive manufacturers to their suppliers. We test for the existenc...

  14. Low efficiency deasphalting and catalytic cracking

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    This patent describes a process for converting an asphaltene and metals containing heavy hydrocarbon feed to lighter, more valuable products the metals comprising Ni and V. It comprises: demetallizing the feed by deasphalting the feed in a solvent deasphalting means operating at solvent deasphalting conditions including a solvent: feed volume ratio of about 1:1 to 4:1, using a solvent selected from the group of C4 to 400 degrees F. hydrocarbons and mixtures thereof; recovering from the solvent rich fraction a demetallized oil intermediate product, having a boiling range and containing at least 10 wt.% of the asphaltenes, and 5 to 30% of the Ni and V, and at least 10 wt.% of the solvent present in the solvent rich phase produced in the deasphalting means; catalytically cracking the demetallized oil intermediate product in a catalytic cracking means operating at catalytic cracking conditions to produce a catalytically cracked product vapor fraction having a lower boiling range than the boiling range of the demetallized oil intermediate product; and fractionating the catalytically cracked product in a fractionation means to produce catalytically cracked product fractions

  15. Digital to Analog Converter

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    Westra, Jan R.; Annema, Anne J.; Boom, van den Jeroen M.; Dijkmans, Eise C.

    2002-01-01

    A digital to analog converter (DAC) for converting a digital signal (DS) having a maximum voltage range which corresponds to a first supply voltage (UL) into an analog signal (UOUT) having a maximum voltage range which corresponds to a second supply voltage (UH). The first supply voltage (UL) is off

  16. Digital to Analog Converter

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    Westra, Jan R.; Annema, Anne J.; Boom, van den Jeroen M.; Dijkmans, Eise C.

    2006-01-01

    A digital to analog converter (DAC) for converting a digital signal (DS) having a maximum voltage range which corresponds to a first supply voltage (UL) into an analog signal (UOUT) having a maximum voltage range which corresponds to a second supply voltage (UH). The first supply voltage (UL) is off

  17. Sustainable automotive energy system in China

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    CAERC, Tsinghua University

    2014-01-01

    This book identifies and addresses key issues of automotive energy in China. It covers demography, economics, technology and policy, providing a broad perspective to aid in the planning of sustainable road transport in China.

  18. Fatal exit the automotive black box debate

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    Kowalick, Tom

    2005-01-01

    "Fatal Exit: The Automotive Black Box Debate cuts through thirty years of political wrangling and institutional biases to provide an argument for the Motor Vehicle Event Data Recorder (MVEDR). This automotive equivalent of an airplane's flight recorder or black box is intended to solve the mysteries of car crashes and improve the safety of our roads. The reader is taken inside the automotive industry and the government highway safety establishment to foster an understanding of the politics and the positions on all sides of this safety debate. The author takes an unbiased approach, chronologically presenting each argument and uncovering the agendas and mandates of each of the stakeholders." "This publication is essential reading for all consumers who need to have their voices heard on this critical issue, as well as for attorneys, public safety advocates, public policy administrators, engineers, automotive professionals, journalists, and insurance executives."--Jacket.

  19. Nonlinear estimation and control of automotive drivetrains

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    Chen, Hong

    2014-01-01

    Nonlinear Estimation and Control of Automotive Drivetrains discusses the control problems involved in automotive drivetrains, particularly in hydraulic Automatic Transmission (AT), Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) and Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). Challenging estimation and control problems, such as driveline torque estimation and gear shift control, are addressed by applying the latest nonlinear control theories, including constructive nonlinear control (Backstepping, Input-to-State Stable) and Model Predictive Control (MPC). The estimation and control performance is improved while the calibration effort is reduced significantly. The book presents many detailed examples of design processes and thus enables the readers to understand how to successfully combine purely theoretical methodologies with actual applications in vehicles. The book is intended for researchers, PhD students, control engineers and automotive engineers. Hong Chen is a professor at the State Key Laboratory of Automotive Simulation and...

  20. Cascaded resonant bridge converters

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    Stuart, Thomas A. (Inventor)

    1989-01-01

    A converter for converting a low voltage direct current power source to a higher voltage, high frequency alternating current output for use in an electrical system where it is desired to use low weight cables and other circuit elements. The converter has a first stage series resonant (Schwarz) converter which converts the direct current power source to an alternating current by means of switching elements that are operated by a variable frequency voltage regulator, a transformer to step up the voltage of the alternating current, and a rectifier bridge to convert the alternating current to a direct current first stage output. The converter further has a second stage series resonant (Schwarz) converter which is connected in series to the first stage converter to receive its direct current output and convert it to a second stage high frequency alternating current output by means of switching elements that are operated by a fixed frequency oscillator. The voltage of the second stage output is controlled at a relatively constant value by controlling the first stage output voltage, which is accomplished by controlling the frequency of the first stage variable frequency voltage controller in response to second stage voltage. Fault tolerance in the event of a load short circuit is provided by making the operation of the first stage variable frequency voltage controller responsive to first and second stage current limiting devices. The second stage output is connected to a rectifier bridge whose output is connected to the input of the second stage to provide good regulation of output voltage wave form at low system loads.

  1. Sound field control in the automotive environment

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    Cheer, Jordan; Elliott, Stephen; Jung, Woomin

    2015-01-01

    Active control of engine and road noise in the automotive environment has been investigated within the automotive industry for around 20 years. This interest is due to both the potential to reduce vehicle noise, and the ability to remove passive noise control treatments and, therefore, improve fuel efficiency. The most successful commercial systems have generally used the loudspeakers of the car audio system to globally control engine or road noise at low frequencies. It is also possible to u...

  2. Super High Strength Steel for automotive applications

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    CONFENTE, Mario; SCHNEIDER, Emmanuel; BOMONT, Olivier; LESCALIER, Christophe; BOMONT-ARZUR, Anne

    2008-01-01

    Intensive weight savings and out-sizing programs are developed in automotive industry and lead to increase the mechanical properties of the material of the automotive parts. ArcelorMittal has developed specific steel grades known as Super High Strength Steels which are designed for both high ductility and toughness and fatigue resistance. This paper investigates machinability for a drilling operation using an experimental methodology. One of the materials is a new low bainitic steel grade. Ex...

  3. Virtual Tryout Technologies for Preparing Automotive Manufacturing

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    Takahashi, Susumu

    2012-01-01

    It is important to reduce the weight of the automotive and to shorten the development period for reduction of CO2 discharge. For these purpose, virtual tryout technologies have been introduced automotive industry. Every process from stamping to assembly for car development has introduced CAD design and numerical simulation such as forming simulation, dimensional accuracy simulation such as forming simulation, dimensional accuracy simulation and so on. In this paper, sheet metal forming simula...

  4. Multidisciplinary Design Optimization of Automotive Structures

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    Domeij Bäckryd, Rebecka

    2013-01-01

    Multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) can be used as an effective tool to improve the design of automotive structures. Large-scale MDO problems typically involve several groups who must work concurrently and autonomously for reasons of efficiency. When performing MDO, a large number of designs need to be rated. Detailed simulation models used to assess automotive design proposals are often computationally expensive to evaluate. A useful MDO process must distribute work to the groups inv...

  5. INFLUENCE OF AUTOMOTIVE CLUSTERS IN REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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    Constantin BORDEI

    2014-01-01

    This paper proposes an overview of the evolution in the automotive sector in the process of regional development. The fundamental changes made by the component supplier sector improved the regional development and manufacturing process. Automotive industry is one of the modern sectors in many countries that benefits of a high technology impact and creates jobs that reduces unemployment across Europe. The auto industry changed cities, regions and countries into poles of development and it beco...

  6. SELECTION METHOD FOR AUTOMOTIVE PARTS RECONDITIONING

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    Dan Florin NITOI

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Paper presents technological methods for metal deposition, costs calculation and clasification for the main process that helps in automotive technologies to repair or to increase pieces properties. Paper was constructed based on many technological experiments that starts from practicans and returns to them. The main aim is to help young engineers or practicians engineers to choose the proper reconditioning process with the best information in repairing pieces from automotive industry.

  7. Operationalising luxury in the premium automotive industry

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    Bridle, Bernadette

    2010-01-01

    This thesis presents an Action Research project investigating the use of customers’ perceptions of premium and luxury cars within the premium automotive industry. The research was sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), a UK-based automotive manufacturer. An inductive, phenomenological approach was adopted in which JLR’s Premiumness Research Programme (PRP) was used as a case study to build an understanding of the consumer’s perception of luxury, to discover how to communic...

  8. Comparative Advantage in the Asian Automotive Industry

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    Somsupa Nopprach

    2010-01-01

    This paper seeks to analyze determinants of Asian countries' comparative advantage in the automotive industry. The effects of supporting industries, factor availability, factor intensity, transportation costs, and of the scale of foreign investment in the industry on the level of countries' comparative advantage are on focus. The results highlight the importance of strong supporting industries in raising a country's comparative advantage in the automotive industry. Furthermore, it is found th...

  9. Automotive fuels from biomass via gasification

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    There exists already a market of bio-automotive fuels i.e. bioethanol and biodiesel produced from food crops in many countries. From the viewpoint of economics, environment, land use, water use and chemical fertilizer use, however, there is a strong preference for the use of woody biomass and various forest/agricultural residues as the feedstock. Thus, the production of 2nd generation of bio-automotive fuels i.e. synthetic fuels such as methanol, ethanol, DME, FT-diesel, SNG and hydrogen through biomass gasification seems promising. The technology of producing synthetic fuels is well established based on fossil fuels. For biomass, however, it is fairly new and the technology is under development. Starting from the present market of the 1st generation bio-automotive fuels, this paper is trying to review the technology development of the 2nd generation bio-automotive fuels from syngas platform. The production of syngas is emphasized which suggests appropriate gasifier design for a high quality syngas production. A number of bio-automotive fuel demonstration plant will be presented, which gives the state of the art in the development of BTS (biomass to synthetic fuels) technologies. It can be concluded that the 2nd generation bio-automotive fuels are on the way to a breakthrough in the transport markets of industrial countries especially for those countries with a strong forest industry. (author)

  10. SSG Wave Energy Converter

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    Margheritini, Lucia; Vicinanza, Diego; Frigaard, Peter

    2008-01-01

    The SSG (Sea Slot-cone Generator) is a wave energy converter of the overtopping type. The structure consists of a number of reservoirs one on the top of each others above the mean water level, in which the water of incoming waves is stored temporary. In each reservoir, expressively designed low...... head hydroturbines are converting the potential energy of the stored water into power. A key to success for the SSG will be the low cost of the structure and its robustness. The construction of the pilot plant is scheduled and this paper aims to describe the concept of the SSG wave energy converter...

  11. Automotive Electrical and Electronic System II; Automotive Mechanics-Intermediate: 9045.04.

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    Dade County Public Schools, Miami, FL.

    This automotive electrical and electronic system course is an intermediate course designed for the student who has completed automotive Electrical and Electronic System I. The theory and principles of operation of the components of the starting and charging systems and other electrical accessory systems in the automobile will be learned by the…

  12. 75 FR 34170 - Plastic Omnium Automotive Exteriors, LLC, Anderson, SC; Plastic Omnium Automotive Exteriors, LLC...

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    2010-06-16

    ... Assistance on March 18, 2010, applicable to workers of Plastic Omnium Automotive Exteriors, LLC, Anderson, South Carolina. The notice was published in the Federal Register April 23, 2010 (75 FR 21356). The... Employment and Training Administration Plastic Omnium Automotive Exteriors, LLC, Anderson, SC; Plastic...

  13. Automotive-adept: a lightweight assessment method for the automotive Irish software industry

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    Mc Caffery, Fergal; Richardson, Ita; Moller, Peter

    2007-01-01

    peer-reviewed In this paper we describe how a lightweight assessment method was developed to educate Irish software small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs)1 in relation to becoming automotive software suppliers. The main goal of this assessment method is to provide software SMEs with a SPI path to becoming automotive software suppliers.

  14. Converting Nonclassicality into Entanglement.

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    Killoran, N; Steinhoff, F E S; Plenio, M B

    2016-02-26

    Quantum mechanics exhibits a wide range of nonclassical features, of which entanglement in multipartite systems takes a central place. In several specific settings, it is well known that nonclassicality (e.g., squeezing, spin squeezing, coherence) can be converted into entanglement. In this work, we present a general framework, based on superposition, for structurally connecting and converting nonclassicality to entanglement. In addition to capturing the previously known results, this framework also allows us to uncover new entanglement convertibility theorems in two broad scenarios, one which is discrete and one which is continuous. In the discrete setting, the classical states can be any finite linearly independent set. For the continuous setting, the pertinent classical states are "symmetric coherent states," connected with symmetric representations of the group SU(K). These results generalize and link convertibility properties from the resource theory of coherence, spin coherent states, and optical coherent states, while also revealing important connections between local and nonlocal pictures of nonclassicality. PMID:26967398

  15. Converting Nonclassicality into Entanglement.

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    Killoran, N; Steinhoff, F E S; Plenio, M B

    2016-02-26

    Quantum mechanics exhibits a wide range of nonclassical features, of which entanglement in multipartite systems takes a central place. In several specific settings, it is well known that nonclassicality (e.g., squeezing, spin squeezing, coherence) can be converted into entanglement. In this work, we present a general framework, based on superposition, for structurally connecting and converting nonclassicality to entanglement. In addition to capturing the previously known results, this framework also allows us to uncover new entanglement convertibility theorems in two broad scenarios, one which is discrete and one which is continuous. In the discrete setting, the classical states can be any finite linearly independent set. For the continuous setting, the pertinent classical states are "symmetric coherent states," connected with symmetric representations of the group SU(K). These results generalize and link convertibility properties from the resource theory of coherence, spin coherent states, and optical coherent states, while also revealing important connections between local and nonlocal pictures of nonclassicality.

  16. Thermionic photovoltaic energy converter

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    Chubb, D. L. (Inventor)

    1985-01-01

    A thermionic photovoltaic energy conversion device comprises a thermionic diode mounted within a hollow tubular photovoltaic converter. The thermionic diode maintains a cesium discharge for producing excited atoms that emit line radiation in the wavelength region of 850 nm to 890 nm. The photovoltaic converter is a silicon or gallium arsenide photovoltaic cell having bandgap energies in this same wavelength region for optimum cell efficiency.

  17. User discrimination in automotive systems

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    Makrushin, Andrey; Dittmann, Jana; Vielhauer, Claus; Leich, Marcus

    2011-03-01

    The recently developed dual-view touch screens, which are announced to be installed in cars in a near future, give rise to completely new challenges in human-machine interaction. The automotive system should be able to identify if the driver or the passenger is currently interacting with the touch screen to provide a correct response to the touch. The optical devices, due to availability, acceptance by the users and multifunctional usage, approved to be the most appropriate sensing technology for driver/passenger discrimination. In this work the prototypic optical user discrimination system is implemented in the car simulator and evaluated in the laboratory environment with entirely controlled illumination. Three tests were done for this research. One of them examined if the near-infrared illumination should be switched on around the clock, the second one if there is a difference in discrimination performance between day, twilight and night conditions, and the third one examined how the intensive directional lighting influences the performance of the implemented user discrimination algorithm. Despite the high error rates, the evaluation results show that very simple computer vision algorithms are able to solve complicated user discrimination task. The average error rate of 10.42% (daytime with near-infrared illumination) is a very promising result for optical systems.

  18. Compact Hybrid Automotive Propulsion System

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    Lupo, G.

    1986-01-01

    Power train proposed for experimental vehicle powered by internal combustion engine and electric motor. Intended for front-wheel drive automobile, power train mass produced using existing technology. System includes internal-combustion engine, electric motor, continuously variable transmission, torque converter, differential, and control and adjustment systems for electric motor and transmission. Continuously variable transmission integrated into hydraulic system that also handles power steering and power brakes. Batteries for electric motor mounted elsewhere in vehicle.

  19. INVESTIGATION OF PEM FUEL CELL FOR AUTOMOTIVE USE

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    A. K. M. Mohiuddin

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper provides a brief investigation on suitability of Proton-exchange  membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs as the source of power for transportation purposes. Hydrogen is an attractive alternative transportation fuel. It is the least polluting fuel that can be used in an internal combustion engine (ICE and it is widely available. If hydrogen is used in a fuel cell which converts the chemical energy of hydrogen into electricity, (NOx emissions are eliminated. The investigation was carried out on a  fuel cell car model by implementing polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM types of fuel cell as the source of power to propel the prototype car. This PEMFC has capability to propel the electric motor by converting chemical energy stored in hydrogen gas into useful electrical energy. PEM fuel cell alone is used as the power source for the electric motor without the aid of any other power source such as battery associated with it. Experimental investigations were carried out to investigate the characteristics of fuel cell used and the performance of the fuel cell car. Investigated papameters are the power it develops, voltage, current and speed it produces under different load conditions. KEYWORDS: fuel cell; automotive; proton exchange membrane; polymer electrolyte membrane; internal combustion engine

  20. Computational design of an automotive twist beam

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    Benki Aalae

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available In recent years, the automotive industry has known a remarkable development in order to satisfy the customer requirements. In this paper, we will study one of the components of the automotive which is the twist beam. The study is focused on the multicriteria design of the automotive twist beam undergoing linear elastic deformation (Hooke׳s law. Indeed, for the design of this automotive part, there are some criteria to be considered as the rigidity (stiffness and the resistance to fatigue. Those two criteria are known to be conflicting, therefore, our aim is to identify the Pareto front of this problem. To do this, we used a Normal Boundary Intersection (NBI algorithm coupling with a radial basis function (RBF metamodel in order to reduce the high calculation time needed for solving the multicriteria design problem. Otherwise, we used the free form deformation (FFD technique for the generation of the 3D shapes of the automotive part studied during the optimization process.

  1. Green competitiveness research on Chinese automotive enterprises

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    Yuanhui Li

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: More and more executives of automobileindustry in China start to recognize the concept of green competitiveness recently. However, relatively less research attention has been devoted to the consideration of measurement. This paper aims to find empirical approach to quantify green competitiveness for automotive enterprises. The connotation of green competitiveness is explored and one suite of evaluation index system has been proposed with four dimensions including environmental, resource, capability and knowledge.Design/methodology/approach: By introducing the factor analysis method, green competitiveness has been measured through an empirical analysis of 24 automotive enterprises within China.Findings: The results indicate that those elements, such as enterprise resource possession and utilization; environment, responsibility and knowledge; profitability; management efficiency, have significant effect on the green competitiveness for automotive enterprises. The further analysis also unveils the advantages and disadvantages of green competitiveness for each company and the direction for improvement.Research limitations/implications: Guide regulators and managers of automobile industry to take some measures to enhance their green competitive advantage.Practical implications: Provide practical methods to measure green competitiveness for automotive enterprises.Originality/value: This paper proposes an evaluation index system of green competitiveness for automotive enterprises. The suggestions of our research will be beneficial to enterprise executives and industry regulators.

  2. Catalytic Decomposition of Methylene Chloride by Sulfated Titania Catalysts

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    2002-01-01

    Catalytic decomposition of methylene chloride in air below 300℃ was studied.Sulfated titania was very effective in converting 959ppm methylene chloride selectively to CO,CO2 and HCl.Complete decomposition of methylene chloride was achieved at low temperature(275℃).It was found that the acidic property of catalyst was a determinant factor for the catalytic activity.The presence of water vapor in the feed stream remarkably reduced the catalytic activity,which could be due to the blockage of acidic sites on the surface of catalyst by water molecules.A bifunctional catalyst comprising copper oxide was developed to improve the selectivity of catalytic oxidation,which indicated that copper oxide can promote the deep oxidation of methylene chloride.The crystal form of TiO2 imposes an important influence upon the catalytic oxidation.

  3. Novel Catalytic Reactor for CO2 Reduction via Sabatier Process Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Precision Combustion, Inc. (PCI) proposes to develop a novel, efficient, and lightweight catalytic Sabatier CO2 methanation unit, capable of converting a mixture of...

  4. The Prospect of Mass Customisation in the Chinese Automotive Industry

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    Dong, Xihan

    2011-01-01

    The automotive industry is one of the largest manufacturing industries and the development of a country’s automotive industry can represent its economy to some extent. Because of the fierce competition in the automotive industry, customers have more choices and they cannot be satisfied with standard products any more. Therefore, some global automotive manufacturers implement mass customisation as their production strategy which aims to provide customised automobiles according to customers’ re...

  5. Innovation in the Automotive Sector of the Philippines

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    Quimba, Francis Mark A.; Rosellon, Maureen Ane D.

    2011-01-01

    The performance of the Philippine automotive industry has steadily improved after the Asian crisis. However, relative to the performance of the automotive industry in other countries, the automotive sector in the country has languished. To understand the challenges being faced by the automotive assemblers, as well as parts and components manufacturers, the innovation capability and activities of selected establishments are analyzed following the framework developed by Bessant. This paper find...

  6. Advanced casting technologies for lightweight automotive applications

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    Alan A. Luo

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper provides an overview of alloy and process developments in aluminum and magnesium castings for lightweight automotive applications. Wear-resistant aluminum alloys, creep-resistant and high strength/ductility magnesium alloys have been developed for automotive applications. On the process front, vacuum-assisted die casting and high vacuum die casting technologies have been developed for high-integrity body and chassis applications. Thin-wall and hollow casting components are being produced by low-pressure die casting processes for structural applications. Overcasting technology is gaining traction and has enabled mixed material designs for automotive sub-systems such as engine cradles and instrument panel beams. Simulation tools developed to predict the interfacial interactions of the dissimilar components and the structural integrity of the overcast systems are being validated in the casting trials.

  7. Optimization and optimal control in automotive systems

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    Kolmanovsky, Ilya; Steinbuch, Maarten; Re, Luigi

    2014-01-01

    This book demonstrates the use of the optimization techniques that are becoming essential to meet the increasing stringency and variety of requirements for automotive systems. It shows the reader how to move away from earlier  approaches, based on some degree of heuristics, to the use of  more and more common systematic methods. Even systematic methods can be developed and applied in a large number of forms so the text collects contributions from across the theory, methods and real-world automotive applications of optimization. Greater fuel economy, significant reductions in permissible emissions, new drivability requirements and the generally increasing complexity of automotive systems are among the criteria that the contributing authors set themselves to meet. In many cases multiple and often conflicting requirements give rise to multi-objective constrained optimization problems which are also considered. Some of these problems fall into the domain of the traditional multi-disciplinary optimization applie...

  8. My father’s automotive dream

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    Rain Chen

    2005-01-01

    <正>Memories of Changchun Changchun literally means ’Long Spring’. The city is located in northeast China’s Jilin province, which literally means ’Lucky Forest’. Since my father is an old worker of Changchun’s Yi Qi(the abbreviation of Changchun First Automotive Factory) plant - China’s earliest automotive plant, I have spent 60 years in the city, graduating from the well-established Jilin University and currently working for a periodical association. A friend from Beijing encouraged me to write my family’s history, and since my family’s story is really a story about the good name of Changchun, an automotive city and a college town, I couldn’t refuse.

  9. Automotive Radar Sensors in Silicon Technologies

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    Jain, Vipul

    2013-01-01

    This book presents architectures and design techniques for mm-wave automotive radar transceivers. Several fully-integrated transceivers and receivers operating at 22-29 GHz and 77-81 GHz are demonstrated in both CMOS and SiGe BiCMOS technologies. Excellent performance is achieved indicating the suitability of silicon technologies for automotive radar sensors.  This book bridges an existing gap between information available on dependable system/architecture design and circuit design.  It provides the background of the field and detailed description of recent research and development of silicon-based radar sensors.  System-level requirements and circuit topologies for radar transceivers are described in detail. Holistic approaches towards designing radar sensors are validated with several examples of highly-integrated radar ICs in silicon technologies. Circuit techniques to design millimeter-wave circuits in silicon technologies are discussed in depth.  Describes concepts and fundamentals of automotive rada...

  10. Catalytic conversion of light alkanes

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    Lyons, J.E.

    1992-06-30

    The second Quarterly Report of 1992 on the Catalytic Conversion of Light Alkanes reviews the work done between April 1, 1992 and June 31, 1992 on the Cooperative Agreement. The mission of this work is to devise a new catalyst which can be used in a simple economic process to convert the light alkanes in natural gas to oxygenate products that can either be used as clean-burning, high octane liquid fuels, as fuel components or as precursors to liquid hydrocarbon uwspomdon fuel. During the past quarter we have continued to design, prepare, characterize and test novel catalysts for the mild selective reaction of light hydrocarbons with air or oxygen to produce alcohols directly. These catalysts are designed to form active metal oxo (MO) species and to be uniquely active for the homolytic cleavage of the carbon-hydrogen bonds in light alkanes producing intermediates which can form alcohols. We continue to investigate three molecular environments for the active catalytic species that we are trying to generate: electron-deficient macrocycles (PHASE I), polyoxometallates (PHASE II), and regular oxidic lattices including zeolites and related structures as well as other molecular surface structures having metal oxo groups (PHASE I).

  11. 16 CFR 306.5 - Automotive fuel rating.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 16 Commercial Practices 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Automotive fuel rating. 306.5 Section 306.5 Commercial Practices FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION REGULATIONS UNDER SPECIFIC ACTS OF CONGRESS AUTOMOTIVE FUEL RATINGS, CERTIFICATION AND POSTING Duties of Refiners, Importers and Producers § 306.5 Automotive...

  12. Best Practices in School-to-Careers: The Automotive Industry.

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    National Employer Leadership Council, Washington, DC.

    This document highlights the school-to-careers (STC) partnerships connecting workplace experiences to classroom learning to prepare students for successful employment in the automotive industry. First, the current state of the automotive industry is reviewed and the role of STC in addressing automotive service needs is explained. Next, the…

  13. Can Distance Learning Be Used to Teach Automotive Management Skills?

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    Noto, Teresa L.

    2011-01-01

    Today's automotive college students will shape the future of the automobile industry. The success of college-level automotive programs has long been dependent on the students' ability to participate in hands-on classroom based interactions. In this article, distance learning and how it can be used to teach automotive management skills, as well as…

  14. 25 CFR 117.10 - Purchase of automotive equipment.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 25 Indians 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Purchase of automotive equipment. 117.10 Section 117.10... COMPETENCY § 117.10 Purchase of automotive equipment. The superintendent may disburse from the surplus funds of an adult Indian not to exceed $2,000 for the purchase of automotive equipment when the...

  15. Improving Power Converter Reliability

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    Ghimire, Pramod; de Vega, Angel Ruiz; Beczkowski, Szymon;

    2014-01-01

    The real-time junction temperature monitoring of a high-power insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) module is important to increase the overall reliability of power converters for industrial applications. This article proposes a new method to measure the on-state collector?emitter voltage...... of a high-power IGBT module during converter operation, which may play a vital role in improving the reliability of the power converters. The measured voltage is used to estimate the module average junction temperature of the high and low-voltage side of a half-bridge IGBT separately in every fundamental...... cycle of the current by calibrating them at load current. The measurement is very accurate and also measures the voltage at the middle of a pulse-width modulation (PWM) switching. A major objective is that this method is designed to be implemented in real applications. The performance of this technique...

  16. New slim automotive taillight using HiPerVision lamps

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    Haenen, Ludo; Ansems, Johan; Schuurmans, Jelle; de Montureux, Philippe

    2002-08-01

    HiPerVision is a new automotive signaling range of lamps (clear and colored) developed by Philips. These lamps offer car life service, reduced size and - consequently - new design opportunities. HiPerVision aims at progressively replacing P21W lamps and at being an economic alternative to LEDs. All lamp dimensions are significantly smaller than P21W's. The HiPerVision 16W lamp produces less heat than the P21W lamp (9 W less dissipation at 13.5 V), what enables a reduced reflector size, the use of low cost plastic or a combination of both. With a luminous flux of 300 lm (instead of 460 lm for P21W), the legal requirements can be easily fulfilled because of the smaller dimensions and tolerances. In order to illustrate the lamps benefits, a complete automotive taillight with 4 functions was designed and made. This paper describes the reflector design process for that taillight with HiPerVision. According to a current styling trend, the reflectors are based on Pillow Shaped Facets and on a clear front lens with no optical structure. With this design method, the whole reflector area is filled with sparkling light. The basic shape of the reflector was used to optimize heat management. By changing the shape and/or number of the pillows the desired light distribution was made. The HiPerVision lamp was measured with a Luminance Goniometer. The measurements were converted to ASAP ray sets as input for accurate simulations. The legal requirements were easily met which was confirmed by actual measurements. The total depth of the complete designed taillight was 53 mm, which is small compared to existing P21W based designs. If the lamp is placed transversal the requirements are still met and the depth of the complete taillight could be reduced to 33 mm, which is comparable with a taillight based on LEDs.

  17. Fatigue life of automotive rubber jounce bumper

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    Sidhu, R S [Automotive Engineering Unit, Institute of Advanced Technology, University Putra Malaysia, 43400, UPM Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Ali, Aidy, E-mail: aidy@eng.upm.edu.my [Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM, Serdang Selangor (Malaysia)

    2010-05-15

    It is evident that most rubber components in the automotive industry are subjected to repetitive loading. Vigorous research is needed towards improving the safety and reliability of the components. The study was done on an automotive rubber jounce bumper with a rubber hardness of 60 IRHD. The test was conducted in displacement-controlled environment under compressive load. The existing models by Kim, Harbour, Woo and Li were adopted to predict the fatigue life. The experimental results show strong similarities with the predicted models.

  18. Nanotechnology impact on the automotive industry.

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    Wong, Kaufui V; Paddon, Patrick A

    2014-01-01

    Nanotechnology has been implemented widely in the automotive industry. This technology is particularly useful in coatings, fabrics, structural materials, fluids, lubricants, tires, and preliminary applications in smart glass/windows and video display systems. A special sub-class of improved materials, alternative energy, has also seen a boost from advances in nanotechnology, and continues to be an active research area. A correlation exists in the automotive industry between the areas with increased nanotechnology incorporation and those with increased profit margins via improvements and customer demands. PMID:25360613

  19. Quartz angular rate sensor for automotive navigation

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    Nozoe, Toshiyuki; Ichinose, Toshihiko; Kawasaki, Syusaku; Hatanaka, Masakazu; Kuroda, Keisuke [Matsushita Electronic Components Co. Ltd. (Japan); Yamamoto, Kohji; Ogata, Motoki; Takeno, Shoichi [Fukui Matsushita Electric Co. Ltd. (Japan); Ishihara, Minoru; Ishii, Tadashi; Umeki, Mitoshi [Nihonn Denpa Kogyo Co. Ltd. (Japan)

    1999-07-01

    Many of the recent automotive navigation systems are introducing an angular rate sensor that detect vehicle yaw in their system due to the advantage of higher accuracy, in addition to a conventional GPS (Global Positioning System) and vehicle speed signals. Though there are a couple of other methods to get a vehicle direction information, the angular rate sensor is the most suitable device as a gyro in accuracy and reliability point of view. Matsushita developed a new compact angular rate sensor using quartz crystal for automotive navigation systems. The sensor's operation is based upon Coriolis force imposed on a vibrating quartz tuning fork. (orig.)

  20. Green innovation adoption in automotive supply chain

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    Zailani, Suhaiza; Govindan, Kannan; Iranmanesh, Mohammad;

    2015-01-01

    Green innovation has currently been receiving a great deal of international attention because of the growing concern of consumers, governments, and the community as a whole with regard to the degradation of natural resources and environmental pollution. The automotive sector is one of the leading...... using the partial least squares technique. Environmental regulations, market demand, and firm internal initiatives have a positive effect on green innovation initiatives (GII), while GIIs have a positive effect on the three categories of sustainable performance (i.e., environmental, social, and economic......). These results have important implications for designing strategic plans for the Malaysian automotive industry....

  1. Angiotensin-converting enzyme

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    Sørensen, P G; Rømer, F K; Cortes, D

    1984-01-01

    In order to evaluate bleomycin-associated lung damage in humans, lung function parameters and serum levels of the endothelial-bound angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) were determined by serial measurements in 11 patients who were treated for testicular cancer. None developed clinical or radiolog......In order to evaluate bleomycin-associated lung damage in humans, lung function parameters and serum levels of the endothelial-bound angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) were determined by serial measurements in 11 patients who were treated for testicular cancer. None developed clinical...

  2. Predicting the Onset of Cavitation in Automotive Torque Converters—Part II: A Generalized Model

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    D. L. Robinette

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this investigation was to develop a dimensionless model for predicting the onset of cavitation in torque converters applicable to general converter designs. Dimensional analysis was applied to test results from a matrix of torque converters that ranged from populations comprised of strict geometric similitude to those with more relaxed similarities onto inclusion of all the torque converters tested. Stator torque thresholds at the onset of cavitation for the stall operating condition were experimentally determined with a dynamometer test cell using nearfield acoustical measurements. Cavitation torques, design parameters, and operating conditions were resolved into a set of dimensionless quantities for use in the development of dimensionless empirical models. A systematic relaxation of the fundamental principle of dimensional analysis, geometric similitude, was undertaken to present empirical models applicable to torque converter designs of increasingly diverse design parameters. A stepwise linear regression technique coupled with response surface methodology was utilized to produce an empirical model capable of predicting stator torque at the onset of cavitation with less than 7% error for general automotive torque converter designs.

  3. 19 CFR 10.84 - Automotive vehicles and articles for use as original equipment in the manufacture of automotive...

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    2010-04-01

    ... 19 Customs Duties 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Automotive vehicles and articles for use as original equipment in the manufacture of automotive vehicles. 10.84 Section 10.84 Customs Duties U.S... CONDITIONALLY FREE, SUBJECT TO A REDUCED RATE, ETC. General Provisions Automotive Products § 10.84...

  4. Catalytic distillation structure

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    Smith, Jr., Lawrence A.

    1984-01-01

    Catalytic distillation structure for use in reaction distillation columns, a providing reaction sites and distillation structure and consisting of a catalyst component and a resilient component intimately associated therewith. The resilient component has at least about 70 volume % open space and being present with the catalyst component in an amount such that the catalytic distillation structure consist of at least 10 volume % open space.

  5. Catalytic combustor for hydrogen

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    Mercea, J.; Grecu, E.; Fodor, T.; Kreibik, S.

    1982-01-01

    The performance of catalytic combustors for hydrogen using platinum-supported catalysts is described. Catalytic plates of different sizes were constructed using fibrous and ceramic supports. The temperature distribution as well as the reaction efficiency as a function of the fuel input rate was determined, and a comparison between the performances of different plates is discussed.

  6. The Convertible Arbitrage Strategy Analyzed

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    Loncarski, I.; Ter Horst, J.R.; Veld, C.H.

    2006-01-01

    This paper analyzes convertible bond arbitrage on the Canadian market for the period 1998 to 2004.Convertible bond arbitrage is the combination of a long position in convertible bonds and a short position in the underlying stocks. Convertible arbitrage has been one of the most successful strategies

  7. Convertible Proxy Signcryption Scheme

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    李继国; 李建中; 曹珍富; 张亦辰

    2004-01-01

    In 1996, Mambo et al introduced the concept of proxy signature. However, proxy signature can only provide the delegated authenticity and cannot provide confidentiality. Recently, Gamage et al and Chan and Wei proposed different proxy signcryption schemes respectively, which extended the concept of proxy signature.However, only the specified receiver can decrypt and verify the validity of proxy signcryption in their schemes.To protect the receiver' s benefit in case of a later dispute, Wu and Hsu proposed a convertible authenticated encryption scheme, which carn enable the receiver to convert signature into an ordinary one that can be verified by anyone. Based on Wu and Hsu' s scheme and improved Kim' s scheme, we propose a convertible proxy signcryption scheme. The security of the proposed scheme is based on the intractability of reversing the one-way hash function and solving the discrete logarithm problem. The proposed scheme can satisfy all properties of strong proxy signature and withstand the public key substitution attack and does not use secure channel. In addition, the proposed scheme can be extended to convertible threshold proxy signcryption scheme.

  8. An Electromagnetic Beam Converter

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    2009-01-01

    The present invention relates to an electromagnetic beam converter and a method for conversion of an input beam of electromagnetic radiation having a bell shaped intensity profile a(x,y) into an output beam having a prescribed target intensity profile l(x',y') based on a further development...

  9. Definition of Power Converters

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    Bordry, F

    2015-01-01

    The paper is intended to introduce power conversion principles and to define common terms in the domain. The concept s of sources and switches are defined and classified. From the basic laws of source interconnections, a generic method of power converter synthesis is presented. Some examples illustrate this systematic method. Finally, the commutation cell and soft commuta tion are introduced and discussedd.

  10. Fractional Watt AMTEC Converter

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    Hunt, T. K.; Rasmussen, J. R.

    2006-01-01

    We report here the long term performance of a small, multi-tube AMTEC converter. This converter was designed to operate and produce approximately 12 watt of electrical output from a small, 4 to 6 watt radioisotope heat source for remote power applications. It was built and put on test in 1999 using electrical heaters as stand-ins for the radioisotope capsule. Since that time it has accumulated more than 5 years of run time at an input heater temperature of 700 °C, with numerous thermal cycles to ambient that were generally related to grid power failures or physical moves of the test apparatus. The power output has remained, with variations due to orientation changes and minor variations due to small temperature changes, essentially constant at 0.40 W to 0.60 W over the test period and operation is ongoing. The converter casing and mechanical structure was fabricated from 316 SS and the electrodes are sputtered titanium nitride films. Separate static tests of a multilayer insulation package suitable for use with the converter showed the capability to reach 700 °C with a thermal input of < 4 watts.

  11. Research progress of aluminum alloy automotive sheet and application technology

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    Ma Mingtu; You Jianghai; Lu Hongzhou; Wang Zhiwen

    2012-01-01

    Pretrcatment technology is deeply discussed to explain its importance in guaranteeing properties and form- ability of aluminum alloy automotive sheet. Some typical applications of aluminum alloy automotive sheet to automotive industry are listed. Based on the author's knowledge and recognition and research progress presently, the important re- search contents about aluminum alloy automotive sheet are emphasized. Reducing cost and price of sheet and going deeply into application research are the main work for expending the application of aluminum alloy automotive sheet in the automobile.

  12. Advanced DC/DC converters

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    Luo, Fang Lin

    2003-01-01

    INTRODUCTIONHistorical ReviewMultiple Quadrant ChoppersPump CircuitsDevelopment of DC/DC Conversion TechniqueCategorize Prototypes and DC/DC Converters Family TreeVOLTAGE-LIFT CONVERTERSIntroductionSeven Self-Lift ConvertersPositive Output Luo-ConvertersNegative Output Luo-ConvertersModified Positive Output Luo-Converters Double Output Luo-ConvertersPOSITIVE OUTPUT SUPER-LIFT LUO-CONVERTERS IntroductionMain SeriesAdditional SeriesEnhanced Series Re-Enhanced Series Multiple-Enhanced Series Summary of Positive Output

  13. Ex-Situ Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis Technology Pathway

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    Biddy, M.; Dutta, A.; Jones, S.; Meyer, A.

    2013-03-01

    This technology pathway case investigates converting woody biomass using ex-situ catalytic fast pyrolysis followed by upgrading to gasoline-, diesel-, and jet-range hydrocarbon blendstocks. Technical barriers and key research needs that should be pursued for this pathway to be competitive with petroleum-derived blendstocks have been identified.

  14. In-Situ Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis Technology Pathway

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    Biddy, M.; Dutta, A.; Jones, S.; Meyer, A.

    2013-03-01

    This technology pathway case investigates converting woody biomass using in-situ catalytic fast pyrolysis followed by upgrading to gasoline-, diesel-, and jet-range hydrocarbon blendstocks. Technical barriers and key research needs that should be pursued for this pathway to be competitive with petroleum-derived blendstocks have been identified.

  15. Techno-economic requirements for automotive composites

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    Arnold, Scot

    1993-01-01

    New technology generally serves two main goals of the automotive industry: one is to enable vehicles to comply with various governmental regulations and the other is to provide a competitive edge in the market. The latter goal can either be served through improved manufacturing and design capabilities, such as computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing, or through improved product performance, such as anti-lock braking (ABS). Although safety features are sometimes customer driven, such as the increasing use of airbags and ABS, most are determined by regulations as outlined by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). Other standards, set by the Environmental Protection Agency, determine acceptable levels of emissions and fuel consumption. State governments, such as in California, are also setting precedent standards, such as requiring manufacturers to offer zero-emission vehicles as a certain fraction of their sales in the state. The drive to apply new materials in the automobile stems from the need to reduce weight and improve fuel efficiency. Topics discussed include: new lightweight materials; types of automotive materials; automotive composite applications; the role for composite materials in automotive applications; advantages and disadvantages of composite materials; material substitution economics; economic perspective; production economics; and composite materials production economics.

  16. Automotive Stirling engine development program: A success

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    Tabata, W. K.

    1987-01-01

    The original 5-yr Automotive Stirling Engine Development Program has been extended to 10 years due to reduced annual funding levels. With an estimated completion date of April 1988, the technical achievements and the prospectives of meeting the original program objectives are reviewed. Various other applications of this developed Stirling engine technology are also discussed.

  17. Plastic optical fibers for automotive applications

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    Suganuma, Heiroku; Matsunaga, Tadayo

    1991-12-01

    High heat resistant optical fibers (POFs) have been developed for various automotive applications. Plastic chips with POF light guide have been used in place of a clearance monitor lamp. POF cords and cables have been used in the car-audio system, car-navigation system, and other data communication systems. This paper describes the structures, properties, and reliabilities of POFs for these applications.

  18. Logistics supply chain in automotive production

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    MAŠKOVÁ, Markéta

    2014-01-01

    Work is focused on inventory management in the automotive industry. It summarizes the goals and objectives of inventory management and subsequently it pays attention on an individual systems in management. The work focuses on a particular firm and its problems with the optimization of inventory. It also brings a concrete solution of the problem for defined items.

  19. Aero and vibroacoustics of automotive turbochargers

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    Nguyen-Schaefer, Hung [Bosch Mahle Turbo Systems GmbH, Stuttgart (Germany)

    2013-02-01

    First book about the aeroacoustics of automotive turbochargers. Author of the book ''Rotordynamics of Automotive Turbochargers'', Springer, 2012. Written by an R and D expert in the turbocharger industry. Aero and Vibroacoustics of Automotive Turbochargers is a topic involving aspects from the working fields of thermodynamics of turbomachinery, aerodynamics, rotordynamics, and noise propagation computation. In this broadly interdisciplinary subject, thermodynamics of turbomachinery is used to design the turbocharger and to determine its operating conditions. Aerodynamics is needed to study the compressor flow dynamics and flow instabilities of rotating stall and surge, which can produce growling and whining-type noises. Rotordynamics is necessary to study rotor unbalance and self-excited oil-whirl instabilities, which lead to whistling and constant tone-type noises in rotating floating oil-film type bearings. For the special case of turbochargers using ball bearings, some high-order harmonic and wear noises also manifest in the rotor operating range. Lastly, noise propagation computation, based on Lighthill's analogy, is required to investigate airborne noises produced by turbochargers in passenger vehicles. The content of this book is intended for advanced undergraduates, graduates in mechanical engineering, research scientists and practicing engineers who want to better understand the interactions between these working fields and the resulting impact on the interesting topic of Aero and Vibroacoustics of Automotive Turbochargers.

  20. A listening test system for automotive audio

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    Christensen, Flemming; Geoff, Martin; Minnaar, Pauli;

    2005-01-01

    This paper describes a system for simulating automotive audio through headphones for the purposes of conducting listening experiments in the laboratory. The system is based on binaural technology and consists of a component for reproducing the sound of the audio system itself and a component...

  1. Automotive gear oil lubricant from soybean oil

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    The use of lubricants that are based on renewable materials is rapidly increasing. Vegetable oils have good lubricity, wear protection and low volatility which are desired properties for automotive gear lubricant applications. Soybean oil is used widely in the lubricant industry due to its properti...

  2. Characterization and modeling of the electromagnetic emission of an ADC converter

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    Berbel Artal, Néstor; Fernández García, Raúl; Gil Galí, Ignacio

    2011-01-01

    Analog-to-digital converters (ADC) are widely used in consumer electronics, as well as aeronautic, space and automotive development fields. The ADC clock frequency has been increasing in the latest years due to the continuous downscaling in CMOS technology. This constant rising of the operating frequency implies a significant enhancement of the electromagnetic inference (EMI). Therefore, in order to predict the impact of the EMI on the electronic systems performance, electrical ci...

  3. An Experimental Study on Catalytic Cracking of Polyethylene and Engine Oils

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    S.K. Kimutai; A.M. Muumbo; I.K. Chebii; A.K. Kiprop

    2014-01-01

    The utility of plastics and engine oils is very important due to their wide application in the packaging and automotive industries respectively and as such their continued use has led to an in increase in plastics and oil waste. However, the huge amount of plastic and engine oil waste produced may be treated with thermal catalytic methods to produce fossil fuel substitutes. In this research, the co-processing of polyethylene resin with petrol engine oil into high value hydrocarbons using ther...

  4. Simulation of attenuated total reflection infrared absorbance spectra: applications to automotive clear coat forensic analysis.

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    Lavine, Barry K; Fasasi, Ayuba; Mirjankar, Nikhil; Nishikida, Koichi; Campbell, Jay

    2014-01-01

    Attenuated total reflection (ATR) is a widely used sampling technique in infrared (IR) spectroscopy because minimal sample preparation is required. Since the penetration depth of the ATR analysis beam is quite shallow, the outer layers of a laminate or multilayered paint sample can be preferentially analyzed with the entire sample intact. For this reason, forensic laboratories are taking advantage of ATR to collect IR spectra of automotive paint systems that may consist of three or more layers. However, the IR spectrum of a paint sample obtained by ATR will exhibit distortions, e.g., band broadening and lower relative intensities at higher wavenumbers, compared with its transmission counterpart. This hinders library searching because most library spectra are measured in transmission mode. Furthermore, the angle of incidence for the internal reflection element, the refractive index of the clear coat, and surface contamination due to inorganic contaminants can profoundly influence the quality of the ATR spectrum obtained for automotive paints. A correction algorithm to allow ATR spectra to be searched using IR transmission spectra of the paint data query (PDQ) automotive database is presented. The proposed correction algorithm to convert transmission spectra from the PDQ library to ATR spectra is able to address distortion issues such as the relative intensities and broadening of the bands, and the introduction of wavelength shifts at lower frequencies, which prevent library searching of ATR spectra using archived IR transmission data. PMID:25014606

  5. DSP controlled power converter

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    Chan, CH; Pong, MH

    1995-01-01

    A digital controller is designed and implemented by a Digital Signal Processor (DSP) to replace the Pulse Width Modulator (PWM) and error amplifier compensation network in a two wheeler forward converter. The DSP controller is designed in three approaches: a) Discretization of analog controller - the design is based on the transfer function of the error amplifier compensation network. b) Digital PID controller design - the design is based on the general form of the pulse transfer function of ...

  6. Convertible bond valuation focusing on Chinese convertible bond market

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    Yang, Ke

    2010-01-01

    This paper mainly discusses the methods of valuation of convertible bonds in Chinese market. Different from common convertible bonds in European market, considering the complicate features of Chinese convertible bond, this paper represents specific pricing approaches for pricing convertible bonds with different provisions along with the increment of complexity of these provisions. More specifically, this paper represents the decomposing method and binomial tree method for pricing both of Non-...

  7. Catalytic fast pyrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass

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    Liu, Changjun; Wang, Huamin; Karim, Ayman M.; Sun, Junming; Wang, Yong

    2014-11-21

    Increasing energy demand, especially in the transportation sector, and soaring CO2 emissions necessitate the exploitation of renewable sources of energy. Despite the large variety of new energy Q3 carriers, liquid hydrocarbon still appears to be the most attractive and feasible form of transportation fuel taking into account the energy density, stability and existing infrastructure. Biomass is an abundant, renewable source of energy; however, utilizing it in a cost-effective way is still a substantial challenge. Lignocellulose is composed of three major biopolymers, namely cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. Fast pyrolysis of biomass is recognized as an efficient and feasible process to selectively convert lignocellulose into a liquid fuel—bio-oil. However bio-oil from fast pyrolysis contains a large amount of oxygen, distributed in hundreds of oxygenates. These oxygenates are the cause of many negative properties, such as low heating values, high corrosiveness, high viscosity, and instability; they also greatly Q4 limit the application of bio-oil particularly as transportation fuel. Hydrocarbons derived from biomass are most attractive because of their high energy density and compatibility with the existing infrastructure. Thus, converting lignocellulose into transportation fuels via catalytic fast pyrolysis has attracted much attention. Many studies related to catalytic fast pyrolysis of biomass have been published. The main challenge of this process is the development of active and stable catalysts that can deal with a large variety of decomposition intermediates from lignocellulose. This review starts with the current understanding of the chemistry in fast pyrolysis of lignocellulose and focuses on the development of catalysts in catalytic fast pyrolysis. Recent progress in the experimental studies on catalytic fast pyrolysis of biomass is also summarized with the emphasis on bio-oil yields and quality.

  8. Catalytic distillation process

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    Smith, Jr., Lawrence A.

    1982-01-01

    A method for conducting chemical reactions and fractionation of the reaction mixture comprising feeding reactants to a distillation column reactor into a feed zone and concurrently contacting the reactants with a fixed bed catalytic packing to concurrently carry out the reaction and fractionate the reaction mixture. For example, a method for preparing methyl tertiary butyl ether in high purity from a mixed feed stream of isobutene and normal butene comprising feeding the mixed feed stream to a distillation column reactor into a feed zone at the lower end of a distillation reaction zone, and methanol into the upper end of said distillation reaction zone, which is packed with a properly supported cationic ion exchange resin, contacting the C.sub.4 feed and methanol with the catalytic distillation packing to react methanol and isobutene, and concurrently fractionating the ether from the column below the catalytic zone and removing normal butene overhead above the catalytic zone.

  9. Catalytic Functions of Standards

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    K. Blind (Knut)

    2009-01-01

    textabstractThe three different areas and the examples have illustrated several catalytic functions of standards for innovation. First, the standardisation process reduces the time to market of inventions, research results and innovative technologies. Second, standards themselves promote the diffusi

  10. Modular PM Motor Drives for Automotive Traction Applications

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    This paper presents modular permanent magnet (PM) motor drives for automotive traction applications. A partially modularized drive system consisting of a single PM motor and multiple inverters is described. The motor has multiple three-phase stator winding sets and each winding set is driven with a separate three-phase inverter module. A truly modularized inverter and motor configuration based on an axial-gap PM motor is then introduced, in which identical PM motor modules are mounted on a common shaft and each motor module is powered by a separate inverter module. The advantages of the modular approach for both inverter and motor include: (1) power rating scalability-one design meets different power requirements by simply stacking an adequate number of modules, thus avoiding redesigning and reducing the development cost, (2) increased fault tolerance, and (3) easy repairing. A prototype was constructed by using two inverters and an axial-gap PM motor with two sets of three-phase stat or windings, and it is used to assist the diesel engine in a hybrid electric vehicle converted from a Chevrolet Suburban. The effect of different pulse-width-modulation strategies for both motoring and regenerative modes on current control is analyzed. Torque and regenerative control algorithms are implemented with a digital signal processor. Analytical and initial testing results are included in the paper

  11. Catalytic ignition of light hydrocarbons

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    K. L. Hohn; C.-C. Huang; C. Cao

    2009-01-01

    Catalytic ignition refers to phenomenon where sufficient energy is released from a catalytic reaction to maintain further reaction without additional extemai heating. This phenomenon is important in the development of catalytic combustion and catalytic partial oxidation processes, both of which have received extensive attention in recent years. In addition, catalytic ignition studies provide experimental data which can be used to test theoretical hydrocarbon oxidation models. For these reasons, catalytic ignition has been frequently studied. This review summarizes the experimental methods used to study catalytic ignition of light hydrocarbons and describes the experimental and theoretical results obtained related to catalytic ignition. The role of catalyst metal, fuel and fuel concentration, and catalyst state in catalytic ignition are examined, and some conclusions are drawn on the mechanism of catalytic ignition.

  12. Laser Velocimeter Measurements in the Stator of an Automotive Torque Converter

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    Steven B. Ainley

    2000-01-01

    0.065 a strong secondary flow in the inlet from suction surface to pressure surface was seen. However, at the high speed ratio a moderate secondary flow in the inlet from pressure surface to suction surface was observed. Mass flow rates at the different planes are within the experimental uncertainty and also within the uncertainty of pump and turbine mass flow rates. The flow in the stator inlet plane are significantly influenced by the turbine relative blade position. The turbine influence on the mid-plane data is significantly less than on the inlet plane data. The influence of the pump blade position on the stator exit plane is small.

  13. Resonant power converters

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    Kazimierczuk, Marian K

    2012-01-01

    This book is devoted to resonant energy conversion in power electronics. It is a practical, systematic guide to the analysis and design of various dc-dc resonant inverters, high-frequency rectifiers, and dc-dc resonant converters that are building blocks of many of today's high-frequency energy processors. Designed to function as both a superior senior-to-graduate level textbook for electrical engineering courses and a valuable professional reference for practicing engineers, it provides students and engineers with a solid grasp of existing high-frequency technology, while acquainting them wit

  14. Cycloidal Wave Energy Converter

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    Stefan G. Siegel, Ph.D.

    2012-11-30

    This program allowed further advancing the development of a novel type of wave energy converter, a Cycloidal Wave Energy Converter or CycWEC. A CycWEC consists of one or more hydrofoils rotating around a central shaft, and operates fully submerged beneath the water surface. It operates under feedback control sensing the incoming waves, and converts wave power to shaft power directly without any intermediate power take off system. Previous research consisting of numerical simulations and two dimensional small 1:300 scale wave flume experiments had indicated wave cancellation efficiencies beyond 95%. The present work was centered on construction and testing of a 1:10 scale model and conducting two testing campaigns in a three dimensional wave basin. These experiments allowed for the first time for direct measurement of electrical power generated as well as the interaction of the CycWEC in a three dimensional environment. The Atargis team successfully conducted two testing campaigns at the Texas A&M Offshore Technology Research Center and was able to demonstrate electricity generation. In addition, three dimensional wave diffraction results show the ability to achieve wave focusing, thus increasing the amount of wave power that can be extracted beyond what was expected from earlier two dimensional investigations. Numerical results showed wave cancellation efficiencies for irregular waves to be on par with results for regular waves over a wide range of wave lengths. Using the results from previous simulations and experiments a full scale prototype was designed and its performance in a North Atlantic wave climate of average 30kW/m of wave crest was estimated. A full scale WEC with a blade span of 150m will deliver a design power of 5MW at an estimated levelized cost of energy (LCOE) in the range of 10-17 US cents per kWh. Based on the new results achieved in the 1:10 scale experiments these estimates appear conservative and the likely performance at full scale will

  15. SIGN LANGUAGE CONVERTER

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    Taner Arsan

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this paper is to design a convenient system that is helpful for the people who have hearing difficulties and in general who use very simple and effective method; sign language. This system can be used for converting sign language to voice and also voice to sign language. A motion capture system is used for sign language conversion and a voice recognition system for voice conversion. It captures the signs and dictates on the screen as writing. It also captures the voice and displays the sign language meaning on the screen as motioned image or video.

  16. SIGN LANGUAGE CONVERTER

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    Taner Arsan; Oğuz Ülgen

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to design a convenient system that is helpful for the people who have hearing difficulties and in general who use very simple and effective method; sign language. This system can be used for converting sign language to voice and also voice to sign language. A motion capture system is used for sign language conversion and a voice recognition system for voice conversion. It captures the signs and dictates on the screen as writing. It also captures the voice ...

  17. Lightweight Steel Solutions for Automotive Industry

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    Lee, Hong Woo; Kim, Gyosung; Park, Sung Ho

    2010-06-01

    Recently, improvement in fuel efficiency and safety has become the biggest issue in worldwide automotive industry. Although the regulation of environment and safety has been tightened up more and more, the majority of vehicle bodies are still manufactured from stamped steel components. This means that the optimized steel solutions enable to demonstrate its ability to reduce body weight with high crashworthiness performance instead of expensive light weight materials such as Al, Mg and composites. To provide the innovative steel solutions for automotive industry, POSCO has developed AHSS and its application technologies, which is directly connected to EVI activities. EVI is a technical cooperation program with customer covering all stages of new car project from design to mass production. Integrated light weight solutions through new forming technologies such as TWB, hydroforming and HPF are continuously developed and provided for EVI activities. This paper will discuss the detailed status of these technologies especially light weight steel solutions based on innovative technologies.

  18. Automotive Stirling engine: Mod II design report

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    Nightingale, N.P.

    1986-10-01

    The design of an automotive Stirling engine that achieves the superior fuel economy potential of the Stirling cycle is described. As the culmination of a 9-yr development program, this engine, designated the Mod II, also nullifies arguments that Stirling engines are heavy, expensive, unreliable, and demonstrate poor performance. Installed in a General Motors 1985 Chevrolet Celebrity car, this engine has a predicted combined fuel economy on unleaded gasoline of 17.5 km/L (41 mi/gal) - a value 50% above the current vehicle fleet average. The Mod II Stirling engine is a four-cylinder V-drive design with a single crankshaft. The engine is also equipped with all the controls and auxiliaries necessary for automotive operation. 35 figs.

  19. Automotive Stirling engine: Mod 2 design report

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    Nightingale, Noel P.

    1986-01-01

    The design of an automotive Stirling engine that achieves the superior fuel economy potential of the Stirling cycle is described. As the culmination of a 9-yr development program, this engine, designated the Mod 2, also nullifies arguments that Stirling engines are heavy, expensive, unreliable, demonstrating poor performance. Installed in a General Motors Chevrolet Celebrity car, this engine has a predicted combined fuel economy on unleaded gasoline of 17.5 km/l (41 mpg)- a value 50% above the current vehicle fleet average. The Mod 2 Stirling engine is a four-cylinder V-drive design with a single crankshaft. The engine is also equipped with all the controls and auxiliaries necessary for automotive operation.

  20. Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Automotive Business

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    2011-01-01

    The global automotive business is one of the most competitive environment you can imagine. As an independent inventor or as a small development company it is very challenging to be successful in implementing new ideas and components. In this mature and somewhat conservative technical environment...... invention have appropriate benefits. The timing of the dialog with a potential user or business partner is important when it comes to which issues that have highest priorities or are most frequently discussed in the organization of said user or business partner. If there exist a special issue that your idea...... address you will have a much better access the decision making process and get enough interest for a potential business deal. After 20 years as a supplier of engineering services to the automotive industry and 10 years as head of Global R&D at Scania CV AB, I have experienced pros and cons both from...

  1. Platform Based Design for Automotive Sensor Conditioning

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    Fanucci, L; Iozzi, F; Marino, C; Rocchi, A

    2011-01-01

    In this paper a general architecture suitable to interface several kinds of sensors for automotive applications is presented. A platform based design approach is pursued to improve system performance while minimizing time-to-market.. The platform is composed by an analog front-end and a digital section. The latter is based on a microcontroller core (8051 IP by Oregano) plus a set of dedicated hardware dedicated to the complex signal processing required for sensor conditioning. The microcontroller handles also the communication with external devices (as a PC) for data output and fast prototyping. A case study is presented concerning the conditioning of a Gyro yaw rate sensor for automotive applications. Measured performance results outperform current state-of-the-art commercial devices.

  2. Development of light metals automotive structural subsystems

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    Luo, A.A.; Sachdev, A.K. [General Motors Research and Development Center, Warren, MI (United States)

    2007-07-01

    Key technological developments in aluminum and magnesium alloys were reviewed in relation to the manufacturing processes that enable lightweight automotive structural subsystems. Examples included the materials and processes evolution of lightweight body structures, chassis systems, and instrument panel beams. New aluminum and magnesium alloys and manufacturing technologies used to reduce mass and improve performance in vehicle cradle structures were discussed. Hydroforming processes used to enable the use of lightweight aluminum alloy tubes in automotive body structures were also reviewed, in addition to body architectures enabled by different materials and manufacturing processes. The review noted that magnesium instrument panels are now being designed to provide significant performance improvement, reduced vibration, and enhanced crashworthiness in new automobiles. It was concluded that vehicles will incorporate more lightweight materials such as nanocomposites and aluminum and magnesium sheets. 9 refs., 10 figs.

  3. Tribocharging behaviour of automotive powder coatings

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    Thomas, Aline; Saleh, Khashayar; Guigon, Pierre; Czechowski, Claire

    2008-12-01

    The aim of this work was to build a device allowing the measurement of tribocharging during the fluidization and pneumatic transport of automotive powder coatings. The experimental setup included a fluidization unit, a transport pipe and two 'Faraday cups' allowing continuous monitoring of particle charge. Two batches of industrial automotive powder primers, as well as several other types of powders were tested: alumina, silica... The experimental variables were the length of the conveying pipe and the air flow rate. The results showed that the net amount of acquired tribocharge increases with the length of conveying pipe. The experimental device and procedure allowed to well classify tested powders according to their rate of tribocharging and their maximum charge. More specially, this study pointed out a net difference between electrostatic properties of two powder primers, which behave very differently in the industrial application unit.

  4. Ultrahigh carbon steel for automotive applications

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    Lesuer, D.R.; Syn, C.K. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States); Sherby, O.D. [Stanford Univ., CA (United States)

    1995-12-04

    Ultrahigh carbon steels (UHCSs), which contain 1--2.1% carbon, have remarkable structural properties for automotive application when processed to achieve fine ferrite grains with fine spheroidized carbides. When processed for high room temperature ductility, UHCS can have good tensile ductility but significantly higher strength than current automotive high strength steels. The material can also be made superplastic at intermediate temperatures and exhibits excellent die fill capability. Furthermore, they can be made hard with high compression ductility. In wire form it is projected that UHCS can exhibit extremely high strengths (5,000 MPa) for tire cord applications. Examples of structural components that have been formed from fine-grained spheroidized UHCSs are illustrated.

  5. General Motors automotive fuel cell program

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    Fronk, M.H.

    1995-08-01

    The objectives of the second phase of the GM/DOE fuel cell program is to develop and test a 30 kW fuel cell powerplant. This powerplant will be based on a methanol fuel processor and a proton exchange membrane PM fuel cell stack. In addition, the 10 kW system developed during phase I will be used as a {open_quotes}mule{close_quotes} to test automotive components and other ancillaries, needed for transient operation.

  6. TECHNOLOGICAL MEASURES TO IMPROVE AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCT QUALITY

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    Gladkov, V.; Kruglov, S.

    2010-01-01

    The paper examines the basic technological measures aimed at improving product quality in automotive industry. While paying due attention to solving organizational and technological problems, including the development of certification systems for production processes, it is also necessary to improve the technical standards of specific technologies, equipment and materials as they largely determine product quality. Special emphasis is given to the importance of improving the production of auto...

  7. Visual configuration in automotive software product lines

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    Botterweck, Goetz; Thiel, Steffen; Crawley, Ciar??n; Nestor, Daren; PreuBner, Andr??

    2008-01-01

    peer-reviewed Software Product Line engineering has emerged as a viable and important software development paradigm in the automotive industry. It allows companies to realise significant improvements in time-to-market, cost, productivity, and system quality. One major difficulty with software product line engineering is related to the fact that a product line of industrial size can easily incorporate thousands of variation points. This scale of variability can become extremely com...

  8. Assembly-oriented design in automotive engineering

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    Vielhaber, Michael; Burr, Holger; Deubel, Till; Weber, Christian; Haasis, Siegmar

    2004-01-01

    To be competitive on the global market, carmakers have cut lead times in passenger car development to the bone. At the same time both the product complexity and the customer's demands with regard to quality are continuously rising. Various new strategies and tools are currently being explored to cope with these challenges: simultaneous/concurrent engineering, front-loaded development, and knowledge-/feature-based parametric design to name just a few. Current design processes in automotive eng...

  9. Brazilian automotive industry in the nineties

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    Cecchini, Kerlyng; Guilhoto, Joaquim José Martins; GEOFFREY J.D. HEWINGS; Chokri, Dridi

    2007-01-01

    This paper aims to carry out an analysis of fuzzy clusters in the Brazilian automotive industry to contribute to the analysis of the relative importance of these economic activities in the national productive structure and in their regional contexts. The intention is to assess whether, once they have been established in the structure of a determined region, the economic activities of the industry establish productive relationships similar to other industries to the point of leading an indust...

  10. Analysis of the automotive supplier industry

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    Fejtková Drgová, Michaela

    2014-01-01

    The subject of this thesis is "Analysis of suppliers in automotive industry“. The processes of purchasing department are analyzed from the supplier´s selection to his evaluation. The work is divided into the theoretical and the practical parts. The practical part is to define the basic concepts linked with the purchasing area. The part goals are executed in the practical part and the purchasing procedures of Keihin Company are deeply described. Outcome of this thesis is a proposal to effectiv...

  11. Electrohydraulic Forming of Light Weight Automotive Panels

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    Mamutov, A. V.; Golovashchenko, S. F.; Bonnen, J. J.; Gillard, A. J.; Dawson, S. A.; Maison, L.

    2016-01-01

    This paper describes the results of development of the electrohydraulic forming (EHF) process as a near-net shape automotive panel manufacturing technology. EHF is an electro-dynamic process based upon high-voltage discharge of capacitors between two electrodes positioned in a fluid-filled chamber. This process is extremely fast, uses lowercost single-sided tooling, and potentially derives significantly increased formability from many sheet metal materials due to the elevated s...

  12. INNOVATION LEAN PRINCIPLES IN AUTOMOTIVE GREEN MANUFACTURING

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    Dušan Sabadka

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Today, industries such as automotive and manufacturing industries deal with a lot of environmental regulations. Lean is a production strategy whose fundamental principles drive the industry towards a more effective production of goods and services. The eco-efficiency concept is primary to sustainable development and intends to provide more value with less environmental impact. The aim of this study is to identify and explore the contributions of Lean to reduce environmental impacts that naturally result from industrial activity.

  13. Green competitiveness research on Chinese automotive enterprises

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    Yuanhui Li

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    Purpose: More and more executives of automobileindustry in China start to recognize the concept of green competitiveness recently. However, relatively less research attention has been devoted to the consideration of measurement. This paper aims to find empirical approach to quantify green competitiveness for automotive enterprises. The connotation of green competitiveness is explored and one suite of evaluation index system has been proposed with four dimensions including environmental, resou...

  14. POTENTIAL USE OF MAGNESIUM ALLOYS FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY

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    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Recently, there is a high interest in using lightweight materials for automotive applications where weight reduction and improvement in comfort are needed. Magnesium alloys with excellent specific strength and stiffness properties can be comparable with steel and aluminum alloys for applications in the automotive industry. For this reason, the properties of magnesium alloys are in the focus of research. This study aims at reviewing and evaluating the prospects of magnesium alloys use and applications in the automotive industry.

  15. The determinants of location choices of automotive producers in Turkey

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    Erdogan, Ersin

    2011-01-01

    Turkish automotive industry achieved a remarkable growth in the last two decades. This growth has been led by three closely located northwest cities of the country; namely Bursa, Kocaeli and Sakarya. The first purpose of this study is signposting the geographical concentration of automotive industry in Turkey. The second goal of the study is to find out the determinants of the location-choices of automotive producers in Turkey by using export of motor vehicles and related industry products fi...

  16. AUTOMOTIVE MARKET- FROM A GENERAL TO A MARKET SEGMENTATION APPROACH

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    2014-01-01

    Automotive market and its corresponding industry are undoubtedly of outmost importance and therefore proper market segmentation is crucial for market players, potential competitors and customers as well. Time has proved that market economic analysis often shown flaws in determining the relevant market, by using solely or mainly the geographic aspect and disregarding the importance of segments on the automotive market. For these reasons we propose a new approach of the automotive market provin...

  17. The role of software engineering in future automotive systems development

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    Clarke, Siobhán; Fitzgerald, Brian; Nixon, Paddy; Pohl, Klaus; Ryan, Kevin; Sinclair, David; Thiel, Steffen

    2008-01-01

    peer-reviewed The amount and complexity of software in automotive systems is constantly increasing. Today’s luxury cars include numerous electronic control units. A large part of the functionality of these units is driven by software. In the future even more software-intensive automotive systems are expected as automotive manufacturers and suppliers tend to integrate and combine applications on more powerful platforms. The increasing amount and complexity of software in these plat...

  18. Integrated Vehicle Health Management in the Automotive Industry

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    Holland, Steven

    2010-01-01

    The time has come to port integrated vehicle health management concepts originally pioneered in aerospace and other domains into the automotive industry. ï‚· The successful automotive manufacturer must remain highly customer-focused to ensure delivery of high value at an affordable price. ï‚· IVHM success will require partnering between the automotive manufacturer, its suppliers, as well as external technology providers located in private industry, academia and governmental labs ...on a globa...

  19. 40 CFR 426.70 - Applicability; description of the automotive glass laminating subcategory.

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    2010-07-01

    ... automotive glass laminating subcategory. 426.70 Section 426.70 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (CONTINUED) EFFLUENT GUIDELINES AND STANDARDS GLASS MANUFACTURING POINT SOURCE CATEGORY Automotive Glass Laminating Subcategory § 426.70 Applicability; description of the automotive...

  20. Impact of system parameter selection on radar sensor performance in automotive applications

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    Blöecher, H.-L.; Andres, M; C. Fischer; Sailer, A.; M. Goppelt; Dickmann, J.

    2012-01-01

    The paper deals with the investigation of relevant boundary conditions to be considered in order to operate 77/79 GHz narrow and ultra wide band automotive radar sensors in the automotive platform and the automotive environment.

  1. 75 FR 11938 - Meridian Automotive Systems, Grand Rapids, MI; Notice of Termination of Investigation

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    2010-03-12

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Meridian Automotive Systems, Grand Rapids, MI; Notice of Termination... Meridian Automotive Systems, Grand Rapids, Michigan (Meridian Automotive). The petitioning group of...

  2. Final report: U.S. competitive position in automotive technologies

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    Albert, Michael B.; Cheney, Margaret; Thomas, Patrick; Kroll, Peter

    2002-09-30

    Patent data are presented and analyzed to assess the U.S. competitive position in eleven advanced automotive technology categories, including automotive fuel cells, hydrogen storage, advanced batteries, hybrid electric vehicles and others. Inventive activity in most of the technologies is found to be growing at a rapid pace, particularly in advanced batteries, automotive fuel cells and ultracapacitors. The U.S. is the clear leader in automotive fuel cells, on-board hydrogen storage and light weight materials. Japan leads in advanced batteries, hybrid electric vehicles, ultracapacitors, and appears to be close to overtaking the U.S. in other areas of power electronics.

  3. AUTOMOTIVE MARKET- FROM A GENERAL TO A MARKET SEGMENTATION APPROACH

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    Liviana Andreea Niminet

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Automotive market and its corresponding industry are undoubtedly of outmost importance and therefore proper market segmentation is crucial for market players, potential competitors and customers as well. Time has proved that market economic analysis often shown flaws in determining the relevant market, by using solely or mainly the geographic aspect and disregarding the importance of segments on the automotive market. For these reasons we propose a new approach of the automotive market proving the importance of proper market segmentation and defining the strategic groups within the automotive market.

  4. Offshoring trends in the manufacturing process within the automotive industry

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    Simplay, S.; Hansen, Zaza Nadja Lee

    2014-01-01

    consisting of original equipment manufacturers and engineering service providers. The findings indicated some offshoring trends in the automotive industry. Offshoring in this industry is moving from a manufacturing focus to incorporate large parts of the process, including high-level product development......This paper investigates offshoring trends in the automotive industry. The research approach consisted of combining empirical findings from case companies with latest research from the field. Empirical data was collected through case studies from 15 automotive organisations based in Europe...... with a focus on offshoring in the automotive industry and provides practitioners with information on a cutting-edge trend to the industry...

  5. Catalytic coherence transformations

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    Bu, Kaifeng; Singh, Uttam; Wu, Junde

    2016-04-01

    Catalytic coherence transformations allow the otherwise impossible state transformations using only incoherent operations with the aid of an auxiliary system with finite coherence that is not being consumed in any way. Here we find the necessary and sufficient conditions for the deterministic and stochastic catalytic coherence transformations between a pair of pure quantum states. In particular, we show that the simultaneous decrease of a family of Rényi entropies of the diagonal parts of the states under consideration is a necessary and sufficient condition for the deterministic catalytic coherence transformations. Similarly, for stochastic catalytic coherence transformations we find the necessary and sufficient conditions for achieving a higher optimal probability of conversion. We thus completely characterize the coherence transformations among pure quantum states under incoherent operations. We give numerous examples to elaborate our results. We also explore the possibility of the same system acting as a catalyst for itself and find that indeed self-catalysis is possible. Further, for the cases where no catalytic coherence transformation is possible we provide entanglement-assisted coherence transformations and find the necessary and sufficient conditions for such transformations.

  6. United States Automotive Materials Partnership LLC (USAMP)

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    The United States Automotive Materials Partnership LLC (USAMP) was formed in 1993 as a partnership between Chrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors Corporation. Since then the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has supported its activities with funding and technical support. The mission of the USAMP is to conduct vehicle-oriented research and development in materials and materials processing to improve the competitiveness of the U.S. Auto Industry. Its specific goals are: (1) To conduct joint research to further the development of lightweight materials for improved automotive fuel economy; and (2) To work with the Federal government to explore opportunities for cooperative programs with the national laboratories, Federal agencies such as the DOE and universities. As a major component of the DOE's Office of FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies Program (FCVT) collaboration with the USAMP, the Automotive Lightweighting Materials (ALM) program focuses on the development and validation of advanced materials and manufacturing technologies to significantly reduce automotive vehicle body and chassis weight without compromising other attributes such as safety, performance, recyclability, and cost. The FCVT was announced in FY 2002 and implemented in FY 2003, as a successor of the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV), largely addressed under the first Cooperative Agreement. This second USAMP Cooperative Agreement with the DOE has expanded a unique and valuable framework for collaboratively directing industry and government research efforts toward the development of technologies capable of solving important societal problems related to automobile transportation. USAMP efforts are conducted by the domestic automobile manufacturers, in collaboration with materials and manufacturing suppliers, national laboratories, universities, and other technology or trade organizations. These interactions provide a direct route for implementing newly

  7. Unity power factor converter

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    Wester, Gene W. (Inventor)

    1980-01-01

    A unity power factor converter capable of effecting either inversion (dc-to-dc) or rectification (ac-to-dc), and capable of providing bilateral power control from a DC source (or load) through an AC transmission line to a DC load (or source) for power flow in either direction, is comprised of comparators for comparing the AC current i with an AC signal i.sub.ref (or its phase inversion) derived from the AC ports to generate control signals to operate a switch control circuit for high speed switching to shape the AC current waveform to a sine waveform, and synchronize it in phase and frequency with the AC voltage at the AC ports, by selectively switching the connections to a series inductor as required to increase or decrease the current i.

  8. An Experimental Study of Flow and Thermal Transient Response in a Race-Track Monolith Catalytic Converter Etude expérimentale de l'écoulement et de la réponse thermique en régime transitoire dans un pot catalytique muni d'un monolithe de forme ovale

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    Leclerc J. P.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available A model for the pressure drop was proposed and compared to experimental results. Global flow characteristics and velocity distribution were studied from residence time distribution measurements in a race-trackmonolith. Significant dead volumes were detected and the velocity distribution was determined. The effect of flow-rate, inlet tube diameter and flow deflector was investigated. Study of the time evolution of outlet temperature and temperature distribution in a monolith coated or not with catalyst makes it possible to determine the thermal characteristics of heat-up. The influence of flow rate, velocity distribution and developing laminar flow regime in the channel were qualitatively estimated. Theses results allow one to determine the hydrodynamic and thermal behavior of the catalytic converter and to propose reliable and realistic assumptions for subsequent modeling. Chaque année, un véhicule de moyenne cylindrée rejette dans l'atmosphère 240 kg de monoxyde de carbone, 40 kg d'oxyde d'azote et 77 kg d'hydrocarbures [1]. Si le moteur propre semble être la meilleure solution pour l'avenir, le pot catalytique est aujourd'hui la seule solution envisageable. Le fonctionnement du pot catalytique est satisfaisant lorsque la voiture roule à une vitesse constante. Cependant, il n'en est pas de même lors du démarrage à froid pendant lequel de nombreux problèmes subsistent, comme le montre la figure 1. Plusieurs modèles ont été développés afin de comprendre et d'améliorer les performances du pot catalytique [2, 3, 11, 12 et 13]. Cependant, suivant les hypothèses faites, ces modèles fournissent des résultats plus ou moins contradictoires. Une étude expérimentale a donc été effectuée afin de mieux cerner les processus qui gouvernent le fonctionnement du pot catalytique et de proposer des hypothèses réalistes pour la modélisation. Un modèle d'estimation de la perte de charge a été proposé et comparé aux résultats exp

  9. Integrated power electronic converters and digital control

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    Emadi, Ali; Nie, Zhong

    2009-01-01

    Non-isolated DC-DC ConvertersBuck ConverterBoost ConverterBuck-Boost ConverterIsolated DC-DC ConvertersFlyback ConverterForward ConverterPush-Pull ConverterFull-Bridge ConverterHalf-Bridge ConverterPower Factor CorrectionConcept of PFCGeneral Classification of PFC CircuitsHigh Switching Frequency Topologies for PFCApplication of PFC in Advanced Motor DrivesIntegrated Switched-Mode Power ConvertersSwitched-Mode Power SuppliesThe Concept of Integrated ConverterDefinition of Integrated Switched-Mode Power Supplies (ISMPS)Boost-Type Integrated TopologiesGeneral Structure of Boost-Type Integrated T

  10. 77 FR 19000 - Foreign-Trade Zone 99-Wilmington, DE: Application for Manufacturing Authority; Fisker Automotive...

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    2012-03-29

    ...; Fisker Automotive, Inc. (Electric Passenger Vehicles): Wilmington, DE An application has been submitted... FTZ 99, requesting manufacturing authority on behalf of Fisker Automotive, Inc. (Fisker),...

  11. Advanced power electronics converters PWM converters processing AC voltages

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    dos Santos, Euzeli

    2014-01-01

    This book covers power electronics, in depth, by presenting the basic principles and application details, which can be used both as a textbook and reference book.  Introduces a new method to present power electronics converters called Power Blocks Geometry. Applicable for courses focusing on power electronics, power electronics converters, and advanced power converters. Offers a comprehensive set of simulation results to help understand the circuits presented throughout the book

  12. Predicting the Onset of Cavitation in Automotive Torque Converters—Part I: Designs with Geometric Similitude

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    D. L. Robinette

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Dimensional analysis has been applied to automotive torque converters to understand the response of performance to changes in torque, size, working fluid, or operating temperature. The objective of this investigation was to develop a suitable dimensional analysis for estimating the effect of exact geometric scaling of a particular torque converter design on the onset of cavitation. Torque converter operating thresholds for cavitation were determined experimentally with a dynamometer test cell at the stall operating condition using nearfield acoustical measurements. Dimensionless quantities based upon either speed or torque at the onset of cavitation and flow properties (e.g., pressures and temperature dependent fluid properties were developed and compared. The proposed dimensionless stator torque quantity was found to be the most appropriate scaling law for extrapolating cavitation thresholds to multiple diameters. A power product model was fit on dimensionless stator torque data to create a model capable of predicting cavitation thresholds. Comparison of the model to test data taken over a range of operating points showed an error of 3.7%. This is the first paper of a two-part paper. In Part II, application of dimensional analysis will be expanded from torque converters with exact geometric similitude to those of more general design.

  13. THE USE OF RECYCLED SOLID AUTOMOTIVE PAINT WASTES AS INGREDIENTS IN AUTOMOTIVE SEALANT PRODUCTS - PHASE II

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    About 75,000,000 lbs of paint sludge is generated by the U.S. automotive industry each year. This type of waste and (similar streams from other industries) make significant contributions to landfills. The solution proposed by ASTER, Inc., proven feasible during the Phase I of thi...

  14. THE USE OF RECYCLED SOLID AUTOMOTIVE PAINT WASTES AS INGREDIENTS IN AUTOMOTIVE SEALANT PRODUCTS - PHASE I

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    About 75,000,000 lbs. of paint sludge is generated by the U.S. automotive industry each year. This type of waste (and similar streams in other industries) make a significant contribution to landfills. A proposed solution is to recycle the paint sludge into compounding ingredients...

  15. Automotive Air Conditioning and Heating; Automotive Mechanics (Advanced): 9047.04.

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    Dade County Public Schools, Miami, FL.

    This document presents an outline for a 135-hour course designed to provide the student with all the foundations necessary to become employable in the automotive air conditioning and heating trade. The course of study includes an orientation to the world of work, the elementary physics of air conditioning and heating, and laboratory experiments…

  16. Automotive thermoelectric generators and air conditioner/heaters

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    Full text: The US Department of Energy initiated the application of thermoelectric generators (TEGs) to vehicles in 1994. This TEG was built by Hi-Z Technologies evaluated on a dynamometer test stand then tested successfully installed on a fully loaded Heavy Duty Diesel truck on the PACCAR test track for the equivalence of 550,000 miles. Today every major automobile manufacturer is investigating thermoelectric applications. The US Department of Energy is supporting the development of production prototype TEGs with teams headed by BSST and GM to integrate TEGs to directly convert engine waste heat to electricity in the BMW X6, the Ford Fusion and the Chevy Suburban. These first generation TEGs will provide a nominal 5 percent improvement in on-highway fuel economy by allowing the alternator to be downsized by at least 1/3. The 2nd generation TEG is planned to replace the alternator and provide a nominal 10 percent improvement in fuel economy. DOE/NETL conducted a competitive procurement for automotive thermoelectric air conditioners/heaters (TE HVAC) development and selected teams headed by Ford and GM to develop this technology. Current air conditioners use the R134a refrigerant gas, which produces 1300 times the 'Greenhouse Gas Effect' of carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary 'Greenhouse Gas'. Approximately 41 Million Metric tons of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) are released to the atmosphere in the US annually from air conditioner compressor seal leakage and frontal collisions wherein the R134a refrigerant gas containment was ruptured. The TE HVACs are candidates to eliminate refrigerant gases from vehicles. A problem with maintaining occupant comfort in an electrically assisted vehicle was illustrated by Bob Lutz, Vice Chairman, General Motors, who drove a Chevy Volt in January in Detroit and to obtain occupant comfort had to turn on the 5 kW resistive heater which reduced the battery only propulsion mileage from 40 to 28. Preliminary analysis indicates that with TE HVAC a

  17. Impedance source power electronic converters

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    Liu, Yushan; Ge, Baoming; Blaabjerg, Frede; Ellabban, Omar; Loh, Poh Chiang

    2016-01-01

    Impedance Source Power Electronic Converters brings together state of the art knowledge and cutting edge techniques in various stages of research related to the ever more popular impedance source converters/inverters. Significant research efforts are underway to develop commercially viable and technically feasible, efficient and reliable power converters for renewable energy, electric transportation and for various industrial applications. This book provides a detailed understanding of the concepts, designs, controls, and application demonstrations of the impedance source converters/inverters. Key features: Comprehensive analysis of the impedance source converter/inverter topologies, including typical topologies and derived topologies. Fully explains the design and control techniques of impedance source converters/inverters, including hardware design and control parameter design for corresponding control methods. Presents the latest power conversion solutions that aim to advance the role of pow...

  18. Nanostructure Neutron Converter Layer Development

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    Park, Cheol (Inventor); Sauti, Godfrey (Inventor); Kang, Jin Ho (Inventor); Lowther, Sharon E. (Inventor); Thibeault, Sheila A. (Inventor); Bryant, Robert G. (Inventor)

    2016-01-01

    Methods for making a neutron converter layer are provided. The various embodiment methods enable the formation of a single layer neutron converter material. The single layer neutron converter material formed according to the various embodiments may have a high neutron absorption cross section, tailored resistivity providing a good electric field penetration with submicron particles, and a high secondary electron emission coefficient. In an embodiment method a neutron converter layer may be formed by sequential supercritical fluid metallization of a porous nanostructure aerogel or polyimide film. In another embodiment method a neutron converter layer may be formed by simultaneous supercritical fluid metallization of a porous nanostructure aerogel or polyimide film. In a further embodiment method a neutron converter layer may be formed by in-situ metalized aerogel nanostructure development.

  19. Catalytic Conversion of Biofuels

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    Jørgensen, Betina

    This thesis describes the catalytic conversion of bioethanol into higher value chemicals. The motivation has been the unavoidable coming depletion of the fossil resources. The thesis is focused on two ways of utilising ethanol; the steam reforming of ethanol to form hydrogen and the partial oxida...

  20. Catalytic Phosphination and Arsination

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    Kwong Fuk Yee; Chan Kin Shing

    2004-01-01

    The catalytic, user-friendly phosphination and arsination of aryl halides and triflates by triphenylphosphine and triphenylarsine using palladium catalysts have provided a facile synthesis of functionalized aryl phosphines and arsines in neutral media. Modification of the cynaoarisne yielded optically active N, As ligands which will be screened in various asymmetric catalysis.

  1. Catalytic efficiency of designed catalytic proteins.

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    Korendovych, Ivan V; DeGrado, William F

    2014-08-01

    The de novo design of catalysts that mimic the affinity and specificity of natural enzymes remains one of the Holy Grails of chemistry. Despite decades of concerted effort we are still unable to design catalysts as efficient as enzymes. Here we critically evaluate approaches to (re)design of novel catalytic function in proteins using two test cases: Kemp elimination and ester hydrolysis. We show that the degree of success thus far has been modest when the rate enhancements seen for the designed proteins are compared with the rate enhancements by small molecule catalysts in solvents with properties similar to the active site. Nevertheless, there are reasons for optimism: the design methods are ever improving and the resulting catalyst can be efficiently improved using directed evolution.

  2. 76 FR 40591 - Coordinating Policies on Automotive Communities and Workers

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    2011-07-11

    ... Policies on Automotive Communities and Workers By the authority vested in me as President by the.... Over the last decade, the United States has experienced a decline in employment in the automotive industry and among part suppliers. This decline accelerated dramatically from 2008 to 2009, with more...

  3. An Overview of NASA Automotive Component Reliability Studies

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    Sampson, Michael J.

    2016-01-01

    The results of NASAs studies into the appropriateness of using US Automotive electronic parts in NASA spaceflight systems will be presented. The first part of the presentation provides an overview of the United States Automotive Electronics Councils AECQ standardization program, the second part provides a summary of the results of NASAs procurement and testing experiences and other lessons learned along with preliminary test results.

  4. Nanofluids with CNTs for automotive applications

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    Srinivas, V.; Moorthy, Ch. V. K. N. S. N.; Dedeepya, V.; Manikanta, P. V.; Satish, V.

    2016-04-01

    This paper summarizes a recent work on anti-corrosive and enhanced heat transfer properties of carboxylated water based nanofluids. DI water mixed with Sebacic acid (C10H18O4) as carboxylate additive is dispersed with multi walled carbon nanotubes and tested for corrosion and heat transfer characteristics. Corrosion studies made as per ASTM D 1384 show that carboxylate water dispersed with MWCNTs is resistant to corrosion and hence suitable for automotive environment. In addition to MWCNTs, carboxylated water dispersed with nano sized silver, copper and Aluminium oxide are also tested for corrosion performance but found to be giving considerable corrosion in automotive environment. The stability of MWCNT based nanofluids in terms of zeta potential is found to be good with carboxylated water compared to DI water. Significant improvement is observed in the thermal conductivity of nanofluids dispersed with MWCNTs. There is a slight increase in viscosity and marginal decrease in the specific heat of nanofluids with addition of carboxylate as well as MWCNTs. The carboxylated water is dispersed with very low mass concentration of multi walled carbon nano tubes at 0.025, 0.05 and 0.1 % and tested for heat transfer performance. The heat transfer studies are made in Reynolds number range of 2500-6000 in the developing flow regime. The heat transfer performance of nanofluids is carried out on an air cooled heat exchanger similar to an automotive radiator with incoming air velocities across radiator maintained at 5, 10 and 15 m/s. The coolant side overall heat transfer coefficient and overall heat transfer coefficient have improved markedly. It is also found that the velocity of air and flow rate of coolant plays an important role in enhancement of overall heat transfer coefficient. Stanton number correlation for the entire data has been developed. It is found that the wall temperature gradients play an important role in the enhancement of heat transfer when nanofluids are

  5. 75 FR 62101 - Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils From the Republic of Korea: Final Results of Expedited...

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    2010-10-07

    ...-Year (``Sunset'') Reviews, 75 FR 30777 (June 2, 2010). The Department received a notice of intent to... substrate with a honeycomb structure for use in automotive catalytic converters. The steel contains, by... automotive catalytic converters is also excluded from the scope of the order. This stainless steel strip...

  6. Innovative connectivity for double side cooling and connection of power dice in the context of automotive power mechatronic packaging for high power inverters

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    L. Dupont; Coquery, G.; CELNIKIER, Y; MORELLE, JM

    2009-01-01

    Today, the automotive industry is facing important challenges drawn by fuel shortage and the need for more environment friendly vehicles. In this context, the hybrid vehicle market is now growing rapidly for small city cars without neglecting full-size cars. In parallel, all OEMs and tier-ones are developing programs about full electrical vehicles. These new developments are going together with the need for power electronics inverters and converters that are small in size with very high power...

  7. Venturini Method Based Matrix Converter

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    Derick Mathew

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Recently, matrix converter has received considerable interest as a viable alternative to the conventional ac-dc-ac converter. This direct ac-ac converter provides some attractive characteristics such as: four quadrant operation, absence of bulky dc-link electrolyte capacitors, clean input power characteristics. Due to the absence of dc link energy storage elements any disturbance in the input voltage will be immediately reflected to the output voltages. In this paper venturini method for matrix converter has been presented. Three phase sinusoidal symmetrical voltage or current can obtained .

  8. Dynamic characteristics of automotive steel sheets

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    M. Mihaliková

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this experimental research was to perform an analysis of deformation characteristics on two different types of steel: IF steel, and micro-alloyed steel were used automotive industry. For that purpose changes of properties of these materials were carried out by static 10-3 · s-1 and dynamic 103 · s-1 strain rate assess its plastic properties. Vickers micro hardness test was carried out by the static and dynamic loading condition and describes different hardness distribution. The higher strain hardening of materials was obtained too that was confirmed by distribution of dislocations.

  9. Characterization of three-way automotive catalysts

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    Kenik, E.A.; More, K.L. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN (United States); LaBarge, W. [General Motors-AC Delco Systems, Flint, MI (United States)] [and others

    1995-05-01

    This has been the second year of a CRADA between General Motors - AC Delco Systems (GM-ACDS) and Martin Marietta Energy Systems (MMES) aimed at improved performance/lifetime of platinum-rhodium based three-way-catalysts (TWC) for automotive emission control systems. While current formulations meet existing emission standards, higher than optimum Pt-Rh loadings are often required. In additionk, more stringent emission standards have been imposed for the near future, demanding improved performance and service life from these catalysts. Understanding the changes of TWC conversion efficiency with ageing is a critical need in improving these catalysts.

  10. Advanced sheet steels for automotive applications

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    Fekete, James R.; Strugala, Donald C.; Yao, Zhicong

    1992-01-01

    Vacuum degassing has recently been used by sheet steel producers to improve their products' ductility and strength. Carbon contents can be reduced by an order of magnitude to less than 0.0030 wt.%. Through careful alloying and processing, a range of new steel products has been developed for the automotive industry. These products include interstitial-free, deep-drawing-quality steels; formable, high-strength, interstitial-free steels; and bake-hardenable steels. This article summarizes the chemistry and processing needed to produce these products.

  11. A thermochemical energy converter

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    Toyeguti, K.; Indzima, T.

    1982-08-09

    Mercury is used as the active mass of the anode in the converter and 0/sub 2/ is used as the active cathode material. The reaction of Mercury + 1/2 0/sub 2/-Hg0 occurs with a discharge. With heating to 500/sup 0/C the regeneration of the Mercury, Hg0 yields Mercury + 1/2 0/sub 2/, occurs. The device for performing the thermochenical conversion of energy contains an element body, an oxygen chamber, an oxygen electrode, a chamber with an alkaline liquid electrolyte, a separator, an auxiliary separator, an electrode and a chamber with the Mercury. The thermochemical reaction occurs in the reactor to which the Hg0 is transported along a pipe which has a refrigerator and a valve. The Mercury is fed into the element from a reservoir. The Mercury reduced in the reactor and in a reaction tower is fed into it through a closed cycle. The bellows is connected with the reactor by a pipe with a refrigerator. Through it the 0/sub 2/ goes in a closed cycle to the chamber. The current forming reactions are Hg + 20H-anion yields Hg0 + H/sub 2/0 + 2e and 1/2 0/sub 2/ + H/sub 2/0 + 2e yields 20H-anion. The voltage on the outleads of the element is approximately 0.3 volts.

  12. Les procédés ASVAHL thermiques et catalytiques sous pression d'hydrogène pour la conversion des bruts lourds et des résidus de bruts classiques Thermal and Catalytic Asvahl Processes under Hydrogen Pressure for Converting Heavy Crudes and Conventional Residues

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    Peries J. P.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Cet article décrit les performances comparées des procédés ASVAHL thermiques (TERVAHL T, TERVAHL H, TERVAHL HC et catalytiques (HYVAHL F, HYVAHL C dans deux cas de traitement: - brut désessencié Boscan (base des études objectif Transport; - résidu sous vide Safaniya (base des études Raffinage de résidu. A travers ces résultats, l'importance de la quantité d'hydrogène fixée est mise en évidence. Elle joue sur la conversion obtenue et sur la qualité des résidus. L'introduction de catalyseur soluble ou en suspension catalytique TERVAHL HC (hydroviscoréduction catalytique ou l'utilisation d'un catalyseur supporté (hydrotraiternent HYVAHL favorisent l'activation de l'hydrogène. C'est la combinaison des réactions de craquage, de polycondensation et d'hydrogénation, et les conditions opératoires (températures, temps de séjour et pression qui définiront les limites de la conversion pour une stabilité donnée des résidus. This article describes the comparative performances of thermal ASVAHL processes (TERVAHL T, TERVAHL H, TERVAHL HQ and catalytic ASVAHL processes (HYVAHL F, HYVAHL C for two types of processing: (1 degasolined Boscan crude (basis of studies for transportation feasibility, and (2 Safaniya vacuum residue (basis of studies for residue refining. The results reveal the importance of the amount of fixed hydrogen, which affects the conversion obtained and the quality of the residues. The introduction of a TERVAHL HC soluble catalyst or one in catalytic suspension (catalytic hydrovisbreaking or the use of a supported catalyst (HYVAHL hydrotreatment enhances the activation of hydrogen. The combination of cracking, polycondensation and hydrogen reactions together with the operating conditions (temperatures, residence time and pressure are what will define the conversion limits for a given stability of residues.

  13. Robust Vehicle Suspension System by Converting Active & Passive Control of a Vehicle to Semi-Active Control System Analytically

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    Hassan Elahi

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available In this research work a simplified translational model of an automotive suspension system is constructed by only considering the translation motion of one wheel of a car. Passive Vehicle Suspension System is converted into Semi Active Vehicle System. Major advantage achieved by this system is that it adjusts the damping of the suspension system without the application of any actuator by using MATLAB® simulations. The semi-active control is found to control the vibration of suspension system very well.

  14. Robust Vehicle Suspension System by Converting Active & Passive Control of a Vehicle to Semi-Active Control System Analytically

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    Hassan Elahi; Dr. Riffat Asim Pasha; Dr. Asif Israr; Dr. M. Zubair Khan

    2014-01-01

    In this research work a simplified translational model of an automotive suspension system is constructed by only considering the translation motion of one wheel of a car. Passive Vehicle Suspension System is converted into Semi Active Vehicle System. Major advantage achieved by this system is that it adjusts the damping of the suspension system without the application of any actuator by using MATLAB® simulations. The semi-active control is found to control the vibration of suspens...

  15. Survey of CFD studies on automotive buffeting

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    In the current automobile market buffeting is one of the customer frequent complaints on luxury cars and SUVs. Buffeting is a low frequency but high level wind noise and makes people inside the vehicle uncomfortable if it lasts for a long period of time. The physical mechanism of buffeting is a complicated phenomenon of aeroacoustic resonance. The aeroacoustic characteristics of buffeting depend on vehicle features and operating conditions. In this paper, a survey of CFD studies on the automotive buffeting is presented. Firstly, several buffeting related concepts, such as Helmholtz resonator, flow over a cavity, shear layer instability and vortex shedding, are reviewed and relevant references are listed. Then, a historic survey of the buffeting investigation is made with emphasis on computational studies. As an example, the buffeting studies at DaimlerChrysler are selected to demonstrate the procedure of CFD simulation for automotive buffeting. The procedure is then validated by the correlation with wind tunnel testing. After that the validated procedure is applied to find solutions for buffeting reduction. Finally, some comments on buffeting studies are addressed. (author)

  16. Requirements for future automotive batteries - a snapshot

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    Karden, Eckhard; Shinn, Paul; Bostock, Paul; Cunningham, James; Schoultz, Evan; Kok, Daniel

    Introduction of new fuel economy, performance, safety, and comfort features in future automobiles will bring up many new, power-hungry electrical systems. As a consequence, demands on automotive batteries will grow substantially, e.g. regarding reliability, energy throughput (shallow-cycle life), charge acceptance, and high-rate partial state-of-charge (HRPSOC) operation. As higher voltage levels are mostly not an economically feasible alternative for the short term, the existing 14 V electrical system will have to fulfil these new demands, utilizing advanced 12 V energy storage devices. The well-established lead-acid battery technology is expected to keep playing a key role in this application. Compared to traditional starting-lighting-ignition (SLI) batteries, significant technological progress has been achieved or can be expected, which improve both performance and service life. System integration of the storage device into the vehicle will become increasingly important. Battery monitoring systems (BMS) are expected to become a commodity, penetrating the automotive volume market from both highly equipped premium cars and dedicated fuel-economy vehicles (e.g. stop/start). Battery monitoring systems will allow for more aggressive battery operating strategies, at the same time improving the reliability of the power supply system. Where a single lead-acid battery cannot fulfil the increasing demands, dual-storage systems may form a cost-efficient extension. They consist either of two lead-acid batteries or of a lead-acid battery plus another storage device.

  17. Pedestrian recognition using automotive radar sensors

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    Bartsch, A.; Fitzek, F.; Rasshofer, R. H.

    2012-09-01

    The application of modern series production automotive radar sensors to pedestrian recognition is an important topic in research on future driver assistance systems. The aim of this paper is to understand the potential and limits of such sensors in pedestrian recognition. This knowledge could be used to develop next generation radar sensors with improved pedestrian recognition capabilities. A new raw radar data signal processing algorithm is proposed that allows deep insights into the object classification process. The impact of raw radar data properties can be directly observed in every layer of the classification system by avoiding machine learning and tracking. This gives information on the limiting factors of raw radar data in terms of classification decision making. To accomplish the very challenging distinction between pedestrians and static objects, five significant and stable object features from the spatial distribution and Doppler information are found. Experimental results with data from a 77 GHz automotive radar sensor show that over 95% of pedestrians can be classified correctly under optimal conditions, which is compareable to modern machine learning systems. The impact of the pedestrian's direction of movement, occlusion, antenna beam elevation angle, linear vehicle movement, and other factors are investigated and discussed. The results show that under real life conditions, radar only based pedestrian recognition is limited due to insufficient Doppler frequency and spatial resolution as well as antenna side lobe effects.

  18. NICKEL AS AN ALTERNATIVE AUTOMOTIVE BODY MATERIAL

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    T. Joseph Sahaya Anand

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The study of the thermal, chemical and mechanical properties of pure nickel as an alternative automotive body material is presented in this paper. Current automotive components mainly use steel as the body material. Due to the increasing demand for high performance and related issues, interest is moving towards alternative materials to steel. The hardness values of both heat-treated and non-heat treated pure nickel do not change after annealing; the hardness values are in the range of 118 to 123 HV. As the annealing temperature increases, the ultimate tensile strength, yield strength and Young’s modulus decrease, which indicates that the ductility increases. The highest ultimate tensile strength of pure nickel at 300 °C annealed temperature is 758.78 MPa. X-ray diffraction (XRD studies confirmed pure nickel as a face centred cubic (FCC structure with a lattice constant measured as 0.3492 nm for the unannealed sample, which increases to 0.3512 nm for the annealed samples. The corrosion rate of both annealed and non-heat treated pure nickel is in the range of 0.0266 to 0.048 mm/year.

  19. Advanced microsystems for automotive applications 2008

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    Valldorf, J.; Gessner, W. (eds.) [VDI/VDE Innovation und Technik GmbH, Berlin (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    With the total number of vehicles steadily increasing and soon approaching one billion, the world is facing serious challenges in terms of both safety of road transport and sustainability. Consequently the two major persistent issues for the automotive industry are improved safety and reduced emissions. The integration of complex microsystems with enhanced intelligence has enabled an increase in efficiency of the previously 'dumb' internal combustion engine by an average 1% annually during the last 20 years. In the future, such smart systems may help to leverage novel powertrain concepts towards the zero emission vehicle. Particularly for electric cars, anticipatory power management and efficient driving assistance will be needed to overcome range limitations. Electrical in-wheel motors equipped with novel miniaturized functionalities will be required. Intelligent systems for tire monitoring and control deserve special attention as well, since insufficient tire pressure accounts for more than 3% of the efficiency losses in the car. The conference book in hand is a showroom of activities, the International Forum on Advanced Microsystems for Automotive Applications (AMAA) has been known for during the last 12 years: advanced sensors including one based on the giant magneto resistance (GMR) effect, several camera and radar systems making road traffic safer by assisting the driver in recognizing pedestrians and obstacles, and human-machine interfaces based on the recognition of hand gestures - a striking example of how smart systems will further enhance the usability of vehicles and the comfort of driving. (orig.)

  20. Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Center

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    Jeffrey Hodgson; David Irick

    2005-09-30

    The Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville has completed its sixth year of operation. During this period the Center has involved thirteen GATE Fellows and ten GATE Research Assistants in preparing them to contribute to advanced automotive technologies in the center's focus area: hybrid drive trains and control systems. Eighteen GATE students have graduated, and three have completed their course work requirements. Nine faculty members from three departments in the College of Engineering have been involved in the GATE Center. In addition to the impact that the Center has had on the students and faculty involved, the presence of the center has led to the acquisition of resources that probably would not have been obtained if the GATE Center had not existed. Significant industry interaction such as internships, equipment donations, and support for GATE students has been realized. The value of the total resources brought to the university (including related research contracts) exceeds $4,000,000. Problem areas are discussed in the hope that future activities may benefit from the operation of the current program.

  1. Inactivation of human angiotensin converting enzyme by copper peptide complexes containing ATCUN motifs.

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    Gokhale, Nikhil H; Cowan, J A

    2005-12-21

    The copper complex [KGHK-Cu]+ demonstrates catalytic inactivation of human angiotensin converting enzyme at sub-saturating concentrations, under oxidative conditions, with an observed rate constant k approximately 2.9 +/- 0.5 x 10(-2) min(-1). PMID:16317474

  2. Catalytic thermal barrier coatings

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    Kulkarni, Anand A.; Campbell, Christian X.; Subramanian, Ramesh

    2009-06-02

    A catalyst element (30) for high temperature applications such as a gas turbine engine. The catalyst element includes a metal substrate such as a tube (32) having a layer of ceramic thermal barrier coating material (34) disposed on the substrate for thermally insulating the metal substrate from a high temperature fuel/air mixture. The ceramic thermal barrier coating material is formed of a crystal structure populated with base elements but with selected sites of the crystal structure being populated by substitute ions selected to allow the ceramic thermal barrier coating material to catalytically react the fuel-air mixture at a higher rate than would the base compound without the ionic substitutions. Precious metal crystallites may be disposed within the crystal structure to allow the ceramic thermal barrier coating material to catalytically react the fuel-air mixture at a lower light-off temperature than would the ceramic thermal barrier coating material without the precious metal crystallites.

  3. Roles of catalytic oxidation in control of vehicle exhaust emissions

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    Catalytic oxidation was initially associated with the early development of catalysis and it subsequently became a part of many industrial processes, so it is not surprising it was used to remove hydrocarbons and CO when it became necessary to control these emissions from cars. Later NOx was reduced in a process involving reduction over a Pt/Rh catalyst followed by air injection in front of a Pt-based oxidation catalyst. If over-reduction of NO to NH3 took place, or if H2S was produced, it was important these undesirable species were converted to NOx and SOx in the catalytic oxidation stage. When exhaust gas composition could be kept stoichiometric hydrocarbons, CO and NOx were simultaneously converted over a single Pt/Rh three-way catalyst (TWC). With modern TWCs car tailpipe emissions can be exceptionally low. NO is not catalytically dissociated to O2 and N2 in the presence of O2, it can only be reduced to N2. Its control from lean-burn gasoline engines involves catalytic oxidation to NO2 and thence nitrate that is stored and periodically reduced to N2 by exhaust gas enrichment. This method is being modified for diesel engines. These engines produce soot, and filtration is being introduced to remove it. The exhaust temperature of heavy-duty diesels is sufficient (250-400oC) for NO to be catalytically oxidised to NO2 over an upstream platinum catalyst that smoothly oxidises soot in the filter. The exhaust gas temperature of passenger car diesels is too low for this to take place all of the time, so trapped soot is periodically burnt in O2 above 550oC. Catalytic oxidation of higher than normal amounts of hydrocarbon and CO over an upstream catalyst is used to give sufficient temperature for soot combustion with O2 to take place. (author)

  4. A catalytic cracking process

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    Degnan, T.F.; Helton, T.E.

    1995-07-20

    Heavy oils are subjected to catalytic cracking in the absence of added hydrogen using a catalyst containing a zeolite having the structure of ZSM-12 and a large-pore crystalline zeolite having a Constraint Index less than about 1. The process is able to effect a bulk conversion of the oil at the same time yielding a higher octane gasoline and increased light olefin content. (author)

  5. Investigation of Power Losses of Two-Stage Two-Phase Converter with Two-Phase Motor

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    Michal Prazenica

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper deals with determination of losses of two-stage power electronic system with two-phase variable orthogonal output. The simulation is focused on the investigation of losses in the converter during one period in steady-state operation. Modeling and simulation of two matrix converters with R-L load is shown in the paper. The simulation results confirm a very good time-waveform of the phase current and the system seems to be suitable for low-cost application in automotive/aerospace industries and in application with high frequency voltage sources.

  6. United States Automotive Materials Partnership LLC (USAMP)

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    The United States Automotive Materials Partnership LLC (USAMP) was formed in 1993 as a partnership between Chrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors Corporation. Since then the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has supported its activities with funding and technical support. The mission of the USAMP is to conduct vehicle-oriented research and development in materials and materials processing to improve the competitiveness of the U.S. Auto Industry. Its specific goals are: (1) To conduct joint research to further the development of lightweight materials for improved automotive fuel economy; and (2) To work with the Federal government to explore opportunities for cooperative programs with the national laboratories, Federal agencies such as the DOE and universities. As a major component of the DOE's Office of FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies Program (FCVT) collaboration with the USAMP, the Automotive Lightweighting Materials (ALM) program focuses on the development and validation of advanced materials and manufacturing technologies to significantly reduce automotive vehicle body and chassis weight without compromising other attributes such as safety, performance, recyclability, and cost. The FCVT was announced in FY 2002 and implemented in FY 2003, as a successor of the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV), largely addressed under the first Cooperative Agreement. This second USAMP Cooperative Agreement with the DOE has expanded a unique and valuable framework for collaboratively directing industry and government research efforts toward the development of technologies capable of solving important societal problems related to automobile transportation. USAMP efforts are conducted by the domestic automobile manufacturers, in collaboration with materials and manufacturing suppliers, national laboratories, universities, and other technology or trade organizations. These interactions provide a direct route for implementing newly

  7. Bosch automotive electrics and automotive electronics systems and components, networking and hybrid drive

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    The significance of electrical and electronic systems has increased considerably in the last few years and this trend is set to continue. The characteristics feature of innovative systems is the fact that they can work together in a network. This requires powerful bus systems that the electronic control units can use to exchange information. Networking and the various bus systems used in motor vehicles are the prominent new topic in the 5th edition of the "Automotive Electric, Automotive Electronics" technical manual. The existing chapters have also been updated, so that this new edition brings the reader up to date on the subjects of electrical and electronic systems in the motor vehicle. Content Electrical and electronical systems – Basic principles of networking - Examples of networked vehicles – Bus systems – Architecture of electronic systems – Mechatronics – Elektronics – Electronic control Units – Software – Sensors – Actuators – Hybrid drives – Vehicle electrical system – Start...

  8. State Estimation for the Automotive SCR Process

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    Zhou, Guofeng; Huusom, Jakob Kjøbsted; Jørgensen, John Bagterp

    2012-01-01

    Selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NOx is a widely applied diesel engine exhaust gas aftertreatment technology. For advanced SCR process control, like model predictive control, full state information of the process is required. The ammonia coverage ratio inside the catalyst is difficult...... present for SCR in engine applications, we recommend to estimating the ammonia coverage using the extended Kalman filter....

  9. Radiation tolerant power converter controls

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    Todd, B; King, Q; Uznanski, S

    2012-01-01

    The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) is the world's most powerful particle collider. The LHC has several thousand magnets, both warm and super-conducting, which are supplied with current by power converters. Each converter is controlled by a purpose-built electronic module called a Function Generator Controller (FGC). The FGC allows remote control of the power converter and forms the central part of a closed-loop control system where the power converter voltage is set, based on the converter output current and magnet-circuit characteristics. Some power converters and FGCs are located in areas which are exposed to beam-induced radiation. There are numerous radiation induced effects, some of which lead to a loss of control of the power converter, having a direct impact upon the accelerator's availability. Following the first long shut down (LS1), the LHC will be able to run with higher intensity beams and higher beam energy. This is expected to lead to signifi...

  10. Modeling supply chain costs in the automotive manufacturing industry: The case of Valmet Automotive

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    Koivula, Lauri

    2015-01-01

    This thesis examines mathematical modeling as a means to improve profitability. The research is focused on studying supply chain cost drivers and their potential in regard to cost reduction in the automotive manufacturing industry, where the role of supply chain management is significant because of the capital intensive, fast paced, and high volume nature of the business. Hence, supportive tools for decision making are highly valuable. Therefore, the objective of this study is to develop a to...

  11. Automotive supply chain through the "control tower"-model : case Valmet Automotive

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    Kolehmainen, Karolina

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this thesis was to create comprehensive understanding about the Supply Chain management in a world class external logistics service that was created to fulfill Valmet Automotive’s project D1. This thesis consists of a detailed process description of the inbound- and outbound logistics operations regarding the production of Daimler’s Mercedes Benz A-series, at Valmet Automotive factory in Uusikaupunki, Finland. The process description emphasizes the important role of the 3PL service...

  12. MICROALLOYED STEELS FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY

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    Debanshu Bhattacharya

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Two major drivers for the use of newer steels in the automotive industry are fuel efficiency and increased safety performance. Fuel efficiency is mainly a function of weight of steel parts, which in turn, is controlled by gauge and design. Safety is determined by the energy absorbing capacity of the steel used to make the part. All of these factors are incentives for the U.S. automakers to use both Highly Formable and Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS to replace the conventional steels used to manufacture automotive parts in the past. AHSS is a general term used to describe various families of steels. The most common AHSS is the dual-phase steel that consists of a ferrite-martensite microstructure. These steels are characterized by high strength, good ductility, low tensile to yield strength ratio and high bake hardenability. Another class of AHSS is the complex-phase or multi-phase steel which has a complex microstructure consisting of various phase constituents and a high yield to tensile strength ratio. Transformation Induced Plasticity (TRIP steels is another class of AHSS steels finding interest among the U.S. automakers. These steels consist of a ferrite-bainite microstructure with significant amount of retained austenite phase and show the highest combination of strength and elongation, so far, among the AHSS in use. High level of energy absorbing capacity combined with a sustained level of high n value up to the limit of uniform elongation as well as high bake hardenability make these steels particularly attractive for safety critical parts and parts needing complex forming. A relatively new class of AHSS is the Quenching and Partitioning (Q&P steels. These steels seem to offer higher ductility than the dual-phase steels of similar strengths or similar ductility as the TRIP steels at higher strengths. Finally, martensitic steels with very high strengths are also in use for certain parts. The most recent initiative in the area of AHSS

  13. Advances in LEDs for automotive applications

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    Bhardwaj, Jy; Peddada, Rao; Spinger, Benno

    2016-03-01

    High power LEDs were introduced in automotive headlights in 2006-2007, for example as full LED headlights in the Audi R8 or low beam in Lexus. Since then, LED headlighting has become established in premium and volume automotive segments and beginning to enable new compact form factors such as distributed low beam and new functions such as adaptive driving beam. New generations of highly versatile high power LEDs are emerging to meet these application needs. In this paper, we will detail ongoing advances in LED technology that enable revolutionary styling, performance and adaptive control in automotive headlights. As the standards which govern the necessary lumens on the road are well established, increasing luminance enables not only more design freedom but also headlight cost reduction with space and weight saving through more compact optics. Adaptive headlighting is based on LED pixelation and requires high contrast, high luminance, smaller LEDs with high-packing density for pixelated Matrix Lighting sources. Matrix applications require an extremely tight tolerance on not only the X, Y placement accuracy, but also on the Z height of the LEDs given the precision optics used to image the LEDs onto the road. A new generation of chip scale packaged (CSP) LEDs based on Wafer Level Packaging (WLP) have been developed to meet these needs, offering a form factor less than 20% increase over the LED emitter surface footprint. These miniature LEDs are surface mount devices compatible with automated tools for L2 board direct attach (without the need for an interposer or L1 substrate), meeting the high position accuracy as well as the optical and thermal performance. To illustrate the versatility of the CSP LEDs, we will show the results of, firstly, a reflector-based distributed low beam using multiple individual cavities each with only 20mm height and secondly 3x4 to 3x28 Matrix arrays for adaptive full beam. Also a few key trends in rear lighting and impact on LED light

  14. Automotive Technology Evolved by Electrical and Electronic Systems

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    Teratani, Tatsuo; Okuma, Shigeru

    Automotive electrical and electronic systems, e.g. EHV, FCV, future X-By-Wire, have recently been introduced or planned in place of mechanical systems. Drivers are demanding environmental performance (fuel consumption and weight reduction), safety and comfort. For general use of the new technologies, evolution of the automotive technology is required, including energy conversion efficiency improvement, size and weight reduction of components, cost reduction and high reliability. This paper discusses and summarizes the next generation power systems, the future vehicle image, power source combinations, and problems to be solved for development of automotive electronics.

  15. Carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites for future automotive applications

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    Friedrich, K.

    2016-05-01

    After a brief introduction to polymer composite properties and markets, the state of the art activities in the field of manufacturing of advanced composites for automotive applications are elucidated. These include (a) long fiber reinforced thermoplastics (LFT) for secondary automotive components, and (b) continuous carbon fiber reinforced thermosetting composites for car body applications. It is followed by future possibilities of carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites for e.g. (i) crash elements, (ii) racing car seats, and (iii) production and recycling of automotive fenders.

  16. Identifying Lead Markets in the European Automotive Industry

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    Cleff, Thomas; Grimpe, Christoph; Rammer, Christian

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents an indicator-based methodology to identify lead markets in the European automotive industry. The lead market approach tries to explain why certain countries are better positioned than others for developing and launching new products. While much research stresses the role...... from the automotive industry should exploit this diversity of market characteristics within Europe when developing and launching new products...... design. We use an indicator-based approach which has been successfully employed for individual products as well as for various industries in order to identify lead markets in the European automotive industry. Employing five lead market factors, our results show that the EU is by far no homogeneous market...

  17. PWM DC/DC Converter

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    Chen, Juan

    2008-01-01

    This report is the result of a Master Thesis work done at Seaward Electronics Inc. in Beijing, China from June to December in 2007. The main goal for this thesis is to verify and improve the performance of Honey-PWM DC-DC converter, which has been fabricated by a standard 0.6um CMOS processes. The project was started with studying of Buck converter structure. After the understanding of the converter structure, the project goes in to the analyses phase for each sub-cells, including the theory,...

  18. Processes for converting lignocellulosics to reduced acid pyrolysis oil

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    Kocal, Joseph Anthony; Brandvold, Timothy A

    2015-01-06

    Processes for producing reduced acid lignocellulosic-derived pyrolysis oil are provided. In a process, lignocellulosic material is fed to a heating zone. A basic solid catalyst is delivered to the heating zone. The lignocellulosic material is pyrolyzed in the presence of the basic solid catalyst in the heating zone to create pyrolysis gases. The oxygen in the pyrolysis gases is catalytically converted to separable species in the heating zone. The pyrolysis gases are removed from the heating zone and are liquefied to form the reduced acid lignocellulosic-derived pyrolysis oil.

  19. Study on flow mode of combined converter for methanol synthesis from coal-based syngas

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    XIAO Zhen-ping; MA Hong-fang; YING Wei-yong; FANG Ding-ye

    2011-01-01

    The mathematic model of combined converter with two different flow modes of gas-cooled reactor was established.The effects of gas flow mode in gas-cooled reactor on combined converter was investigated with the yield of methanol was 1 400 kt/a. The results show that ifthe flow mode of the cooling pipe gas and the catalytic bed gas change from countercurrent to concurrent, the catalytic bed temperature distribution does not fit the most optimum temperature curve of reversible exothermic reaction and the heat duty of heat changer in whole process increased seriously, which means that there is much more equipment investment and more operating cost. The gas flow mode of gas-cooled reactor affects the methanol yield slightly. Therefore, the countercurrent gas flow mode of gas-cooled reactor is more lucrative in the combined converter process.

  20. Design of a magnetorheological automotive shock absorber

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    Lindler, Jason E.; Dimock, Glen A.; Wereley, Norman M.

    2000-06-01

    Double adjustable shock absorbers allow for independent adjustment of the yield force and post-yield damping in the force versus velocity response. To emulate the performance of a conventional double adjustable shock absorber, a magnetorheological (MR) automotive shock absorber was designed and fabricated at the University of Maryland. Located in the piston head, an applied magnetic field between the core and flux return increases the force required for a given piston rod velocity. Between the core and flux return, two different shaped gaps meet the controllable performance requirements of a double adjustable shock. A uniform gap between the core and the flux return primarily adjusts the yield force of the shock absorber, while a non-uniform gap allows for control of the post-yield damping. Force measurements from sinusoidal displacement cycles, recorded on a mechanical damper dynamometer, validate the performance of uniform and non- uniform gaps for adjustment of the yield force and post-yield damping, respectively.

  1. CRM Implementation in the Automotive Industry

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    Öner, Dila; Xhemali, Lorena

    2009-01-01

    Date:                  2009-05-27 Level:                 Master Thesis in International Business and Entrepreneurship, 15 ECTS Institution:        School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology, Mälardalen University   Title:                  The Implementation of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) in the Automotive Industry   Supervisor:       Peter Ekman Research           Exploiting the stages of CRM implementation and looking into the obstacles faced Issue:               ...

  2. Visual comparison testing of automotive paint simulation

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    Meyer, Gary; Fan, Hua-Tzu; Seubert, Christopher; Evey, Curtis; Meseth, Jan; Schnackenberg, Ryan

    2015-03-01

    An experiment was performed to determine whether typical industrial automotive color paint comparisons made using real physical samples could also be carried out using a digital simulation displayed on a calibrated color television monitor. A special light booth, designed to facilitate evaluation of the car paint color with reflectance angle, was employed in both the real and virtual color comparisons. Paint samples were measured using a multi-angle spectrophotometer and were simulated using a commercially available software package. Subjects performed the test quicker using the computer graphic simulation, and results indicate that there is only a small difference between the decisions made using the light booth and the computer monitor. This outcome demonstrates the potential of employing simulations to replace some of the time consuming work with real physical samples that still characterizes material appearance work in industry.

  3. Improvement of Automotive Part Supplier Performance Evaluation

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    Kongmunee, Chalermkwan; Chutima, Parames

    2016-05-01

    This research investigates the problem of the part supplier performance evaluation in a major Japanese automotive plant in Thailand. Its current evaluation scheme is based on experiences and self-opinion of the evaluators. As a result, many poor performance suppliers are still considered as good suppliers and allow to supply parts to the plant without further improvement obligation. To alleviate this problem, the brainstorming session among stakeholders and evaluators are formally conducted. The result of which is the appropriate evaluation criteria and sub-criteria. The analytical hierarchy process is also used to find suitable weights for each criteria and sub-criteria. The results show that a newly developed evaluation method is significantly better than the previous one in segregating between good and poor suppliers.

  4. An Assembly Line Balancing Problem Automotive Cables

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    Triki Hager

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, an Assembly Line Balancing Problem (ALBP is presented in a real-world automotive cables manufacturer company. This company found it necessary to balance its line, since it needs to increase the production rate. In this ALBP, the number of stations is known and the objective is to minimize cycle time where both precedence and zoning constrains must be satisfied. This problem is formulated as a binary linear program (BLP. Since this problem is NP-hard, an innovative Genetic Algorithm (GA is implemented. The full factorial design is used to obtain the better combination GA parameters and a simple convergence experimental study is performed on the stopping criteria to reduce computational time. Comparison of the proposed GA results with CPLEX software shows that, in a reasonable time, the GA generates consistent solutions that are very close to their optimal ones. Therefore, the proposed GA approach is very effective and competitive.

  5. Aero and vibroacoustics of automotive turbochargers

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    Nguyen-Schäfer, Hung

    2013-01-01

    Aero and Vibroacoustics of Automotive Turbochargers is a topic involving aspects from the working fields of thermodynamics of turbomachinery, aerodynamics, rotordynamics, and noise propagation computation.   In this broadly interdisciplinary subject, thermodynamics of turbomachinery is used to design the turbocharger and to determine its operating conditions.  Aerodynamics is needed to study the compressor flow dynamics and flow instabilities of rotating stall and surge, which can produce growling and whining-type noises. Rotordynamics is necessary to study rotor unbalance and self-excited oil-whirl instabilities, which lead to whistling and constant tone-type noises in rotating floating oil-film type bearings. For the special case of turbochargers using ball bearings, some high-order harmonic and wear noises also manifest in the rotor operating range. Lastly, noise propagation computation, based on Lighthill’s analogy, is required to investigate airborne noises produced by turbochargers in passenger vehi...

  6. Active gated imaging for automotive safety applications

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    Grauer, Yoav; Sonn, Ezri

    2015-03-01

    The paper presents the Active Gated Imaging System (AGIS), in relation to the automotive field. AGIS is based on a fast gated-camera equipped with a unique Gated-CMOS sensor, and a pulsed Illuminator, synchronized in the time domain to record images of a certain range of interest which are then processed by computer vision real-time algorithms. In recent years we have learned the system parameters which are most beneficial to night-time driving in terms of; field of view, illumination profile, resolution and processing power. AGIS provides also day-time imaging with additional capabilities, which enhances computer vision safety applications. AGIS provides an excellent candidate for camera-based Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and the path for autonomous driving, in the future, based on its outstanding low/high light-level, harsh weather conditions capabilities and 3D potential growth capabilities.

  7. Determining organic pollutants in automotive industry sludge.

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    Munaretto, Juliana S; Wonghon, Audrey L; von Mühlen, Carin

    2012-12-01

    In Brazil, the policy for disposing industrial sludge is changing from an emphasis on using controlled landfills to other treatment or co-processing methods; however, the monitoring of organic pollutants is not mandatory. The present study evaluated two general screening methods for organic pollutants in sludge generated in an automotive industrial complex in southern Brazil. The screening was performed using Soxhlet and sonication extractions and Gas Chromatograph coupled with Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry (GC/qMS). It was concluded that both techniques were effective and that most of the compounds identified were alkanes, phenols and esters. Important pollutants were detected in the sludge, which confirms the necessity of monitoring this type of residue. PMID:23007373

  8. Design of Polymer Coatings in Automotive Engines

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    LIAO Han-lin; ZHANG Ga; BORDES Jean-Michel; CHRISTIAN Coddet

    2004-01-01

    Driven by economical and ecological reasons, thermoplastics based coatings were more and more used in automotive engines. Two design concepts, flame spraying and serigraphy PEEK coatings on light metal substrate, were introduced in this paper. The friction and wear behavior of PEEK based coatings were investigated systematically. Coatings with different crystallinities can be obtained when cooling speed is controlled. Among three sprayed coatings considered with different crystallinities, the one with highest crystallinity exhibits best friction and wear behavior under dry sliding condition. Under lubricated sliding condition, however, the amorphous coating gives lower friction coefficient. The micron particles such as SiC,MoS2 and graphite in composite coatings can improve significantly the coating wear resistance and have a impact on coating friction behavior.

  9. Electromagnetic interference filter for automotive electrical systems

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    Herron, Nicholas Hayden; Carlson, Douglas S; Tang, David; Korich, Mark D

    2013-07-02

    A filter for an automotive electrical system includes a substrate having first and second conductive members. First and second input terminals are mounted to the substrate. The first input terminal is electrically connected to the first conductive member, and the second input terminal is electrically connected to the second conductive member. A plurality of capacitors are mounted to the substrate. Each of the capacitors is electrically connected to at least one of the first and second conductive members. First and second power connectors are mounted to the substrate. The first power connector is electrically connected to the first conductive member, and the second power connector is electrically connected to the second conductive member. A common mode choke is coupled to the substrate and arranged such that the common mode choke extends around at least a portion of the substrate and the first and second conductive members.

  10. Executable UML Modeling For Automotive Embedded Systems

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    Engineers are more and more faced to the hard problem of sophisticated real-time System whereas time to market becomes always smaller. Object oriented modeling supported by UML standard brings effective solutions to such problems. However the possibility to specify real-time aspects of an application are not yet fully satisfactory Indeed, existing industrial proposals supply good answers to concurrency specification problem but they are yet limited regarding to real-time quantitative properties specification of an application. This work aims to construct a complete and consistent UML methodology based on a profile dedicated to automotive embedded Systems modeling and prototyping. This profile contains ail needed extensions to express easily the real-time quantitative properties of an application. Moreover, thanks to the formalization of UML protocol state machines, real-time concepts have been well-integrated in the object oriented paradigm. The main result of this deep integration is that a user is now able to model real-time Systems through the classical object oriented view i.e. without needing any specific knowing in real-time area. In order to answer to an industrial requirement, Systems prototyping (key point for car industry) the ACCORD/UML approach allows also to build executable models of an application. For that purpose, the method supplies a set of rules allow.ng to remove UML ambiguous semantics points, to complete semantics variation points and then to obtain a complete and coherent global model of an application being executable. The work of UML extension and its using formalization realized all along this thesis supplied also a complete and non-ambiguous modeling framework for automotive electronics Systems development. This is also a base particularly well-suited to tackle other facets of the Systems development as automatic and optimized code generation, validation, simulation or tests. (author)

  11. Advancing Material Models for Automotive Forming Simulations

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    Vegter, H.; An, Y.; ten Horn, C. H. L. J.; Atzema, E. H.; Roelofsen, M. E.

    2005-08-01

    Simulations in automotive industry need more advanced material models to achieve highly reliable forming and springback predictions. Conventional material models implemented in the FEM-simulation models are not capable to describe the plastic material behaviour during monotonic strain paths with sufficient accuracy. Recently, ESI and Corus co-operate on the implementation of an advanced material model in the FEM-code PAMSTAMP 2G. This applies to the strain hardening model, the influence of strain rate, and the description of the yield locus in these models. A subsequent challenge is the description of the material after a change of strain path. The use of advanced high strength steels in the automotive industry requires a description of plastic material behaviour of multiphase steels. The simplest variant is dual phase steel consisting of a ferritic and a martensitic phase. Multiphase materials also contain a bainitic phase in addition to the ferritic and martensitic phase. More physical descriptions of strain hardening than simple fitted Ludwik/Nadai curves are necessary. Methods to predict plastic behaviour of single-phase materials use a simple dislocation interaction model based on the formed cells structures only. At Corus, a new method is proposed to predict plastic behaviour of multiphase materials have to take hard phases into account, which deform less easily. The resulting deformation gradients create geometrically necessary dislocations. Additional micro-structural information such as morphology and size of hard phase particles or grains is necessary to derive the strain hardening models for this type of materials. Measurements available from the Numisheet benchmarks allow these models to be validated. At Corus, additional measured values are available from cross-die tests. This laboratory test can attain critical deformations by large variations in blank size and processing conditions. The tests are a powerful tool in optimising forming simulations

  12. Time-to-digital converters

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    Henzler, Stephan

    2010-01-01

    This text covers the fundamentals of time-to-digital converters on analog and digital conversion principles. It includes a theoretical investigation into quantization, linearity, noise and variability, and it details a range of advanced TDC architectures.

  13. Laser system with wavelength converter

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    2012-01-01

    The present invention relates to an apparatus comprising a diode laser (10) providing radiation in a first wavelength interval, a radiation conversion unit (12) having an input and an output, the radiation converter configured to receive the radiation in the first wavelength interval from the diode...... laser at the input, the radiation conversion unit configured to convert the radiation in the first wavelength interval to radiation in a second wavelength interval and the output configured to output the converted radiation, the second wavelength interval having one end point outside the first...... wavelength interval. Further, the invention relates to a method of optically pumping a target laser (14) in a laser system, the laser system comprising a laser source providing radiation at a first frequency, the laser source being optically connected to an input of a frequency converter, the frequency...

  14. PHASE CONVERTER OF COMPOSING DISPLACEMENT

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    SMIRNOV YU.S.; Lysov, A. N.; E.V. Yurasova; SAFRONOV V.V.; VSTAVSKAYA E.V.

    2016-01-01

    Minimax strategy of mechatronic converters efficiency improving relative to error decrease with velocity increase at the same time provides common dataware level rise. The analysis of usage possibilities of different type position transducers (PT) gives the advantages of resolvers. The subsequent processing of their output signals is performed by “Resolver-to-Digit” Converter (RDC) which provides displacement digital equivalent and digital or analog signals specifying its velocity and acceler...

  15. Boron nitride converted carbon fiber

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    Rousseas, Michael; Mickelson, William; Zettl, Alexander K.

    2016-04-05

    This disclosure provides systems, methods, and apparatus related to boron nitride converted carbon fiber. In one aspect, a method may include the operations of providing boron oxide and carbon fiber, heating the boron oxide to melt the boron oxide and heating the carbon fiber, mixing a nitrogen-containing gas with boron oxide vapor from molten boron oxide, and converting at least a portion of the carbon fiber to boron nitride.

  16. Transformerless dc-Isolated Converter

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    Rippel, Wally E.

    1987-01-01

    Efficient voltage converter employs capacitive instead of transformer coupling to provide dc isolation. Offers buck/boost operation, minimal filtering, and low parts count, with possible application in photovoltaic power inverters, power supplies and battery charges. In photovoltaic inverter circuit with transformerless converter, Q2, Q3, Q4, and Q5 form line-commutated inverter. Switching losses and stresses nil because switching performed when current is zero.

  17. Dimethyl carbonate as potential reactant in non-catalytic biodiesel production by supercritical method

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    Ilham, Zul; Saka, Shiro

    2009-01-01

    In this study, the non-catalytic supercritical method has been studied in utilizing dimethyl carbonate. It was demonstrated that, the supercritical dimethyl carbonate process without any catalysts applied, converted triglycerides to fatty acid methyl esters with glycerol carbonate and citramalic acid as by-products, while free fatty acids were converted to fatty acid methyl esters with glyoxal. After 12 min of reaction at 350 °C/20 MPa, rapeseed oil treated with supercritical dimethyl carbona...

  18. Current status of converter steelmaking

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    Oghbasialasie, H.; Holappa, L.

    1995-12-31

    This literature work is mainly focusing on the mechanisms of modern converter steelmaking and related with the evaluation of converter technology applied during the last decades and further to the future. The history of steelmaking has been briefly reviewed from bloomeries and early-steelmaking processes to the progress of modern converter process. The pneumatic converter processes were developed in the 1850`s and thereafter the basis for the rapid growth of steel industries was established for the next 100 years. The world production of steel has not continuously grown but fluctuating quite much. It reached 723 Mt in 1994. The production is believed to grow the forecast for the year 2003 being approximately 800 Mt. Electric arc furnace production is estimated to reach 280 Mt by 2003, and BOFIOH will reach 520 Mt by 2003. The current status of the converter steelmaking process is briefly described both on its theoretical bases and practical technological progresses. Developments which significantly improve the process are briefly discussed. Several more recent developments such as combined oxygen blowing process, increased scrap melting, post combustion and hot metal pretreatment are discussed. The future progress will be in further development of these process characteristics as well as in eventual emerging of the continuous converter process. (author)

  19. Loss of collectrin, an angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 homolog, uncouples endothelial nitric oxide synthase and causes hypertension and vascular dysfunction

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    Cechova, Sylvia; Zeng, Qing; Billaud, Marie;

    2013-01-01

    Collectrin is an orphan member of the renin-angiotensin system and is a homolog of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2, sharing ≈50% sequence identity. Unlike angiotensin-converting enzyme 2, collectrin lacks any catalytic domain. Collectrin has been shown to function as a chaperone of amino acid tra...

  20. INVESTIGATION OF CLEANER TECHNOLOGIES TO MINIMIZE AUTOMOTIVE COOLANT WASTES

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    The US Environmental Protection Agency in cooperation with the State of New Jersey evaluated chemical filtration and distillation technologies designed to recycle automotive and heavy-duty engine coolants. These evaluations addressed the product quality, waste reduction and econo...