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  1. Catalytic converters in the fireplace

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    In addition to selecting the appropriate means of heating and using dry fuel, the amount of harmful emissions contained by flue gases produced by fireplaces can be reduced by technical means. One such option is to use an oxidising catalytic converter. Tests at TTS Institute's Heating Studies Experimental Station have focused on two such converters (dense and coarse) mounted in light-weight iron heating stoves. The ability of the dense catalytic converter to oxidise carbon monoxide gases proved to be good. The concentration of carbon monoxide in the flue gases was reduced by as much as 90 %. Measurements conducted by VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland) showed that the conversion of other gases, e.g. of methane, was good. The exhaust resistance caused by the dense converter was so great as to necessitate the mounting of a fluegas evacuation fan in the chimney for the purpose of creating sufficient draught. When relying on natural draught, the dense converter requires a chimney of at least 7 metres and a by-pass connection while the fire is being lit. In addition, the converter will have to be constructed to be less dense and this will mean that it's capability to oxidise non-combusted gases will be reduced. The coarse converter did not impair the draught but it's oxidising property was insufficient. With the tests over, the converter was not observed to have become blocked up by impurities

  2. 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.

  3. 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)

  4. 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.

  5. 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)

  6. 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)

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Catalytic converters as a source of platinum

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    A. Fornalczyk

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available The increase of Platinum Group Metals demand in automotive industry is connected with growing amount of cars equipped with the catalytic converters. The paper presents the review of available technologies during recycling process. The possibility of removing platinum from the used catalytic converters applying pyrometallurgical and hyrdometallurgical methods were also investigated. Metals such as Cu, Pb, Ca, Mg, Cd were used in the pyrometallurgical research (catalytic converter was melted with Cu, Pb and Ca or Mg and Cd vapours were blown through the whole carrier. In hydrometallurgical research catalytic converters was dissolved in aqua regia. Analysis of Pt contents in the carrier before and after the process was performed by means of atomic absorption spectroscopy. Obtained result were discussed.

  11. Flow parameters of IC engine catalytic converters

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    Zmudka, Z.; Postrzednik, S. [Silesian Univ. of Tech., Gliwice (Poland)

    2007-07-01

    Conversion rate of harmful substances is the principal parameter of catalyst work in respect of ecology. However, resistance of exhaust gas flow through the catalytic converter is also essential problem, apart from its chemical efficiency because fitting the catalyst in exhaust system alters flow characteristic of this system significantly. Catalytic converter can be treated as local or linear resistance element of exhaust system. The first model, in which flow resistance generated by a catalyst is treated as local resistance, is more simplified. Resistance number of the converter was calculated using Darcy model. In the second case, exhaust gas flow resistance through catalyst is treated as linear resistance with energy dissipation (linear frictional resistance) distributed linearly along way of exhaust gas flow. Friction number for the tested converter was calculated and analysed. The problem has been illustrated by results of experimental researches of three-way catalytic converter installed in exhaust system of spark ignition engine and its basic analysis. (orig.)

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Basic Aspects Related to Operation of Engine Catalytic Converters

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    Stefan POSTRZEDNIK; Zmudka, Zbigniew; Ciesiolkiewicz, Adam

    2004-01-01

    Experimental research on the diesel engine 6C107 equipped with selected oxidation catalytic converters was carried out. Specific emissions of toxic substances were investigated in the whole operation range of the engine before and after catalysts. Thus, changes of the emission indices within the catalysts and conversion efficiencies of the harmful substances were evaluated. Besides, temperature threshold of the catalytic action was determined too. Apart from chemical efficiency of the convert...

  15. 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.

  16. 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)

  17. 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.)

  18. Catalytic converter for next generation turbine engines

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    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.)

  19. Basic Aspects Related to Operation of Engine Catalytic Converters

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    Adam Ciesiolkiewicz

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available Experimental research on the diesel engine 6C107 equipped with selected oxidation catalytic converters was carried out. Specific emissions of toxic substances were investigated in the whole operation range of the engine before and after catalysts. Thus, changes of the emission indices within the catalysts and conversion efficiencies of the harmful substances were evaluated. Besides, temperature threshold of the catalytic action was determined too. Apart from chemical efficiency of the converters, their resistance to exhaust gas flow also is an essential problem. Therefore selected quantities of exhaust gas flow through the catalysts were determined and analysed together with their termochemical efficiency.

  20. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 (...

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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)

  8. 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.

  9. Conceptual design analysis of a collection and processing system for scrapped catalytic converters

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    Kuczka, Allan Anthony

    1991-01-01

    The systems engineering process has been applied to develop and evaluate a system that collects and processes scrapped catalytic converters to recover the platinum group metals retained by the converters' spent catalyst substrate. A needs analysis establishes a catalytic converter manufacturer's desire to reduce the cost of obtaining platinum group metals used to produce new catalytic converters. The analysis proposes a collection and processing system as an alternati...

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Possibilities Of Metals Extracton From Spent Metallic Automotive Catalytic Converters By Using Biometallurgical Method

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    Willner J.; Kaduková J.; Fornalczyk A.; Mrážiková A.; Marcinčáková R.; Velgosová O.

    2015-01-01

    The main task of automotive catalytic converters is reducing the amount of harmful components of exhaust gases. Metallic catalytic converters are an alternative to standard ceramic catalytic converters. Metallic carriers are usually made from FeCrAl steel, which is covered by a layer of Precious Group Metals (PGMs) acting as a catalyst. There are many methods used for recovery of platinum from ceramic carriers in the world, but the issue of platinum and other metals recovery from metallic car...

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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)

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Possibilities Of Metals Extracton From Spent Metallic Automotive Catalytic Converters By Using Biometallurgical Method

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    Willner J.

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The main task of automotive catalytic converters is reducing the amount of harmful components of exhaust gases. Metallic catalytic converters are an alternative to standard ceramic catalytic converters. Metallic carriers are usually made from FeCrAl steel, which is covered by a layer of Precious Group Metals (PGMs acting as a catalyst. There are many methods used for recovery of platinum from ceramic carriers in the world, but the issue of platinum and other metals recovery from metallic carriers is poorly described. The article presents results of preliminary experiments of metals biooxidation (Fe, Cr and Al from spent catalytic converters with metallic carrier, using bacteria of the Acidithiobacillus genus.

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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...

  6. 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.

  7. 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.)

  8. 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)

  9. 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…

  10. 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)

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  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. 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.

  15. 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)

  16. 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

  17. 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.)

  18. 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)

  19. 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

  20. 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.)

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Analysis of using magneto-hydro-dynamic pump for the platinum recovery from spent auto catalytic converters

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    A. Fornalczyk

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Applying the catalytic converters allow to eliminate the compounds harmful to the environment. Typical catalytic converter is built from the metallic or ceramic carrier with porous structure covered with the PGM metals especially platinum, palladium and rhodium. The content of these metals is on average about 2 grams. Catalytic converters have limited life time, and then they are scrapped. The necessity of waste disposal and very high prices of PGM metals are the reason why recovery of PGM metals from used auto catalytic converters has become more and more profitable.Design/methodology/approach: This work presents method of PGM metals recovery from auto catalytic converters by means of solving them in the liquid metal. Liquid metal is put in motion using magneto-hydrodynamic pump, and then the PGM metals are eluted from channels of the used auto catalytic converters.Findings: All over the world the used auto catalytic converters are preceded by the use of pyrometallurgical, hydrometallurgical or mixed methods. Each method has some disadvantages. Pyrometallurgical methods need to use units which assure the necessary temperature. This is as expensive as energy consuming. Applying hydrometallurgical methods involve danger of creating many waste solutions which are harmful to the natural environment.Practical implications: The way PGM metals are recovered from used auto catalytic converters by their dissolution in the liquid rotating metal allows to increase concentration of PGM metals in the solution by means of applying the same metal collector to flush other catalytic collectors. Motion of the metal essentially shorten the time of PGM metals elution from catalytic converters; whereas the flow of liquid metal in closed cycle limits the unfavorable influence of the process on the environment.Originality/value: Method presented in this article is an innovative method and has never been applied. Additionally it is protected by a patent.

  6. 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.

  7. Study and manufacture of a para-/ortho-hydrogen catalytic converter for a space cryostat

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    Baston, A. H.; Bradshaw, T. W.; Butler, G.; Clark, N. S.; Chadwick, A. T.; Harris, D. H. C.; Leach, F.; Norris, J. O. W.; Price, D.

    1986-01-01

    The design and optimization of a para-/ortho-hydrogen converter to increase the efficiency and lifetime of the hydrogen cryogenic system of the ISO project are described. Catalyst technology and associated heat transfer technology is evaluated. Four catalyst systems were characterized. Their catalytic activity under the orbital conditions anticipated for the three radiation shields of ISO are reported. Results from experiments on in situ deactivation and reactivation are given, indicating that this is a key parameter. Iron oxide gel is the most promising catalyst system. A full scale prototype converter was designed to ESTEC specifications, and three converters were manufactured and tested. Performance, except for two small details, meets or exceeds specification. Plans for the development and testing of flight unit converters are proposed.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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...

  11. 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.

  12. 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...

  13. 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.

  14. 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...

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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...

  19. 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

  20. 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...

  1. 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)

  2. 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.)

  3. 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)

  4. 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.)

  5. 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.

  6. Radiotracer method for quantifying the amount of platinum and rhodium deposited in automotive catalytic converters

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    Radiotracer methods have been developed to quantify the amount of platinum and rhodium deposited on automotive catalytic converters as a function of production conditions. In particular, this study determined the effects of selective adsorption and evaporation processes on the aqueous impregnation of converters with platinum group metal salts. The radiotracers used in this study, 191Pt and 105Rh, were produced by thermal neutron activation of Pt and Ru. Chemical processing was performed to remove undesired radioactive products and to ensure that each tracer was in its appropriate chemical state. This radiotracer method has been shown to be capable of measuring the platinum and rhodium loading on an entire substrate with a precision better than ±0.5%. At this precision level, the influence of selective adsorption and evaporation were determined

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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)

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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. 

  14. 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.

  15. 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)

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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)

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  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. 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

  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. 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%.

  15. 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)

  16. Key Feature of the Catalytic Cycle of TNF-α Converting Enzyme Involves Communication Between Distal Protein Sites and the Enzyme Catalytic Core

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    Despite their key roles in many normal and pathological processes, the molecular details by which zinc-dependent proteases hydrolyze their physiological substrates remain elusive. Advanced theoretical analyses have suggested reaction models for which there is limited and controversial experimental evidence. Here we report the structure, chemistry and lifetime of transient metal-protein reaction intermediates evolving during the substrate turnover reaction of a metalloproteinase, the tumor necrosis factor-α converting enzyme (TACE). TACE controls multiple signal transduction pathways through the proteolytic release of the extracellular domain of a host of membrane-bound factors and receptors. Using stopped-flow x-ray spectroscopy methods together with transient kinetic analyses, we demonstrate that TACE's catalytic zinc ion undergoes dynamic charge transitions before substrate binding to the metal ion. This indicates previously undescribed communication pathways taking place between distal protein sites and the enzyme catalytic core. The observed charge transitions are synchronized with distinct phases in the reaction kinetics and changes in metal coordination chemistry mediated by the binding of the peptide substrate to the catalytic metal ion and product release. Here we report key local charge transitions critical for proteolysis as well as long sought evidence for the proposed reaction model of peptide hydrolysis. This study provides a general approach for gaining critical insights into the molecular basis of substrate recognition and turnover by zinc metalloproteinases that may be used for drug design

  17. 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.

  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. 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

  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.; 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.

  1. 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.

  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. 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.

  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. 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%

  6. 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.

  7. 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%.

  8. 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。

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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...

  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. 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

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

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    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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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

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

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    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.

  20. 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.)

  1. 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)

  2. 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)

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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...

  7. 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。

  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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    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. 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。

  12. 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.

  13. 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。

  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. Engineering of a novel hybrid enzyme: an anti-inflammatory drug target with triple catalytic activities directly converting arachidonic acid into the inflammatory prostaglandin E2

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    Ruan, Ke-He; Cervantes, Vanessa; So, Shui-Ping

    2009-01-01

    Cyclooxygenase isoform-2 (COX-2) and microsomal prostaglandin E2 synthase-1 (mPGES-1) are inducible enzymes that become up-regulated in inflammation and some cancers. It has been demonstrated that their coupling reaction of converting arachidonic acid (AA) into prostaglandin (PG) E2 (PGE2) is responsible for inflammation and cancers. Understanding their coupling reactions at the molecular and cellular levels is a key step toward uncovering the pathological processes in inflammation. In this paper, we describe a structure-based enzyme engineering which produced a novel hybrid enzyme that mimics the coupling reactions of the inducible COX-2 and mPGES-1 in the native ER membrane. Based on the hypothesized membrane topologies and structures, the C-terminus of COX-2 was linked to the N-terminus of mPGES-1 through a transmembrane linker to form a hybrid enzyme, COX-2-10aa-mPGES-1. The engineered hybrid enzyme expressed in HEK293 cells exhibited strong triple-catalytic functions in the continuous conversion of AA into PGG2 (catalytic-step 1), PGH2 (catalytic-step 2) and PGE2 (catalytic-step 3), a pro-inflammatory mediator. In addition, the hybrid enzyme was also able to directly convert dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid (DGLA) into PGG1, PGH1 and then PGE1 (an anti-inflammatory mediator). The hybrid enzyme retained similar Kd and Vmax values to that of the parent enzymes, suggesting that the configuration between COX-2 and mPGES-1 (through the transmembrane domain) could mimic the native conformation and membrane topologies of COX-2 and mPGES-1 in the cells. The results indicated that the quick coupling reaction between the native COX-2 and mPGES-1 (in converting AA into PGE2) occurred in a way so that both enzymes are localized near each other in a face-to-face orientation, where the COX-2 C-terminus faces the mPGES-1 N-terminus in the ER membrane. The COX-2-10aa-mPGES-1 hybrid enzyme engineering may be a novel approach in creating inflammation cell and animal models, which

  17. 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.

  18. 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.; P.C. Oliveira; Costa, Maria Clara; Costa, Ana M. Rosa da

    2014-01-01

    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, i...

  19. 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.

  20. 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.)

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

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    Highlights: • A new leaching process based on Cu2+/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 Cu2+ 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 Cu2+ 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, [Cu2+] = 0.3 M)

  5. 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)

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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。

  10. 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.)

  11. 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。

  12. 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)

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.)

  16. 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.

  17. 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)

  18. 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.

  19. 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。

  20. 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。

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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)

  7. 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...

  8. Converting Transaldolase into Aldolase through Swapping of the Multifunctional Acid-Base Catalyst: Common and Divergent Catalytic Principles in F6P Aldolase and Transaldolase.

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    Sautner, Viktor; Friedrich, Mascha Miriam; Lehwess-Litzmann, Anja; Tittmann, Kai

    2015-07-28

    Transaldolase (TAL) and fructose-6-phosphate aldolase (FSA) both belong to the class I aldolase family and share a high degree of structural similarity and sequence identity. The molecular basis of the different reaction specificities (transferase vs aldolase) has remained enigmatic. A notable difference between the active sites is the presence of either a TAL-specific Glu (Gln in FSA) or a FSA-specific Tyr (Phe in TAL). Both residues seem to have analoguous multifunctional catalytic roles but are positioned at different faces of the substrate locale. We have engineered a TAL double variant (Glu to Gln and Phe to Tyr) with an active site resembling that of FSA. This variant indeed exhibits aldolase activity as its main activity with a catalytic efficiency even larger than that of authentic FSA, while TAL activity is greatly impaired. Structural analysis of this variant in complex with the dihydroxyacetone Schiff base formed upon substrate cleavage identifies the introduced Tyr (genuine in FSA) to catalyze protonation of the central carbanion-enamine intermediate as a key determinant of the aldolase reaction. Our studies pinpoint that the Glu in TAL and the Tyr in FSA, although located at different positions at the active site, similarly act as bona fide acid-base catalysts in numerous catalytic steps, including substrate binding, dehydration of the carbinolamine, and substrate cleavage. We propose that the different spatial positions of the multifunctional Glu in TAL and of the corresponding multifunctional Tyr in FSA relative to the substrate locale are critically controlling reaction specificity through either unfavorable (TAL) or favorable (FSA) geometry of proton transfer onto the common carbanion-enamine intermediate. The presence of both potential acid-base residues, Glu and Tyr, in the active site of TAL has deleterious effects on substrate binding and cleavage, most likely resulting from a differently organized H-bonding network. Large-scale motions of the

  9. 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。

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.)

  13. 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

  14. Diesel Catalytic Converters As Emission Control Devices

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    Internal combustion engines are devices that generate work from combustion reactions. Combustion products under high pressure produce work by expansion through a turbine or piston. The combustion reactions inside these engines are not necessarily neutralizing or complete and air pollutants are produced. There are three major types of internal combustion engine(l) in use today: I) the spark ignition engine, which is used primarily in automobiles; 2) the diesel engine, which is used in large vehicles and industrial systems where cycle efficiency offers advantages over the more compact and lighter-weight spark ignition engine and; 3) the gas turbine, which is used in aircraft due to its high power/weight ratio and is also used for stationary power generation. Each of these types of engine is an important source of atmospheric pollutants. Automobiles are the one of the major source of carbon monoxide, unburned hydrocarbons, and nitrogen oxides. Probably more than any other combustion system, the design of automobile engines is now being guided by requirements to reduce emissions of these pollutants. While substantial progress has been made in emission reduction, automobiles remain important sources of air pollutants

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. Catalytic and surface oxidation processes on transition metal surfaces

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    Jaatinen, Sampsa

    2007-01-01

    Transition metals are technologically important catalytic materials. The transition metal catalysts are used for example in petroleum and fertilizer industry. In the car industry the catalytic materials are used in the catalytic converters. Because of the industrial importance the catalytic metals have been widely studied throughout the past decades. Nonetheless, the oxidation mechanisms of small molecules and the effect of alloying to catalytic properties of metals are not fully understood. ...

  19. Hydrogen converters

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    The National Atomic Energy Commission of Argentina developed a process of 99Mo production from fission, based on irradiation of uranium aluminide targets with thermal neutrons in the RA-3 reactor of the Ezeiza Atomic Centre. These targets are afterwards dissolved in an alkaline solution, with the consequent liberation of hydrogen as the main gaseous residue. This work deals with the use of a first model of metallic converter and a later prototype of glass converter at laboratory scale, adjusted to the requirements and conditions of the specific redox process. Oxidized copper wires were used, which were reduced to elementary copper at 400 C degrees and then regenerated by oxidation with hot air. Details of the bed structure and the operation conditions are also provided. The equipment required for the assembling in cells is minimal and, taking into account the operation final temperature and the purge with nitrogen, the procedure is totally safe. Finally, the results are extrapolated for the design of a converter to be used in a hot cell. (author)

  20. Wavelength Converters

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

    1999-01-01

    After a short introduction to the different requirements to and techniques for wavelength conversion, focus is on cross-gain and cross-phase modulation in SOAs and SOA based interferometers. Aspects like jitter accumulation, regeneration and conversion to the same wavelength is discussed. It is...... 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...

  1. 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)

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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....

  7. Wavelength converter technology

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    Kloch, Allan; Hansen, Peter Bukhave; Poulsen, Henrik Nørskov; Wolfson, David; Jepsen, Kim Stokholm; Clausen, Anders; Limal, Emmanuel; Buxens, Alvaro A.

    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.......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....

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. Catalytic Combustion of Ethyl Acetate

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    ÖZÇELİK, Tuğba GÜRMEN; ATALAY, Süheyda; ALPAY, Erden

    2007-01-01

    The catalytic combustion of ethyl acetate over prepared metal oxide catalysts was investigated. CeO, Co2O3, Mn2O3, Cr2O3, and CeO-Co2O3 catalysts were prepared on monolith supports and they were tested. Before conducting the catalyst experiments, we searched for the homogeneous gas phase combustion reaction of ethyl acetate. According to the homogeneous phase experimental results, 45% of ethyl acetate was converted at the maximum reactor temperature tested (350 °C). All the prepare...

  11. 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...

  12. 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.

  13. 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...

  14. ITER convertible blanket evaluation

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    Proposed International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) convertible blankets were reviewed. Key design difficulties were identified. A new particle filter concept is introduced and key performance parameters estimated. Results show that this particle filter concept can satisfy all of the convertible blanket design requirements except the generic issue of Be blanket lifetime. If the convertible blanket is an acceptable approach for ITER operation, this particle filter option should be a strong candidate

  15. The photoelectric displacement converter

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    Dragoner, Valeriu V.

    2005-02-01

    In the article are examined questions of constructing photoelectric displacement converter satisfying demands that are stated above. Converter has channels of approximate and precise readings. The approximate reading may be accomplished either by the method of reading from a code mask or by the method of the consecutive calculation of optical scale gaps number. Phase interpolator of mouar strips" gaps is determined as a precise measuring. It is shown mathematical model of converter that allow evaluating errors and operating speed of conversion.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. Improving Power Converter Reliability

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

    2014-01-01

    is measured in a wind power converter at a low fundamental frequency. To illustrate more, the test method as well as the performance of the measurement circuit are also presented. This measurement is also useful to indicate failure mechanisms such as bond wire lift-off and solder layer degradation......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...

  20. 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

  1. Radio-isotope converter

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    Due to the surface power density required for thermoelectric and thermionic converters, available radioactive sources are surveyed and listed. Curves of specific minimum diameter versus thermal flux density are given. 210Po and 242Cm appear to be suitable for direct thermionic when alpha emitters such as 238Pu and 244Cm are still suitable for thermoelectric conversion. This mode will also work with beta emitters 170Tm, 90Sr, 144Ce and 137Cs. Some thermoelectric radioisotope heated converters are suggested. (authors)

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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...

  5. 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 and...... the studies behind the process that leads to its construction. The pilot plant is an on-shore full scale module in 3 levels with an expected power production of 320 MWh/y in the North Sea. Location, wave climate and laboratory tests results will be used here to describe the pilot plant and its...

  6. 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 or...

  7. 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).

  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 of the...

  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. 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.

  11. 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.

  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. Catalytic cracking process

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    Lokhandwala, Kaaeid A.; Baker, Richard W.

    2001-01-01

    Processes and apparatus for providing improved catalytic cracking, specifically improved recovery of olefins, LPG or hydrogen from catalytic crackers. The improvement is achieved by passing part of the wet gas stream across membranes selective in favor of light hydrocarbons over hydrogen.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Galvanically Isolated Modular Converter

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    Christe, Alexandre; Dujic, Drazen

    2016-01-01

    Direct current (DC) electrical grids are already a reality in low voltage (LV) telecom distribution systems and point-to-point high voltage DC transmission. Medium voltage (MV) domain, despite its big potential, still suffers from a lack of suitable conversion and protection technologies. This study presents a bidirectional, galvanically isolated, high power converter for interface of emerging MVDC grids with readily available LVAC grids. To achieve high conversion efficiency, the integration...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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-...

  20. 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.

  1. Catalytic Synthesis Lactobionic Acid

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    V.G. Borodina

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Gold nanoparticles are obtained, characterized and deposited on the carrier. Conducted catalytic synthesis of lactobionic acid from lactose. Received lactobionic acid identify on the IR spectrum.

  2. 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.

  3. Catalytic Coanda combustion

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    Coleman, J.D.; Smith, A.G.; Kopmels, M.

    1992-09-16

    A catalytic reaction is enhanced by the use of the Coanda effect to maximise contact between reactant and catalyst. A device utilising this principle comprises a Coanda surface which directs the flow of fuel from a slot to form a primary jet which entrains the surrounding ambient air and forms a combustible mixture for reaction on a catalytic surface. The Coanda surface may have an internal or external nozzle which may be axi-symmetric or two-dimensional. (author)

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Asymmetric catalytic aziridination of cyclic enones.

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    De Vincentiis, Francesco; Bencivenni, Giorgio; Pesciaioli, Fabio; Mazzanti, Andrea; Bartoli, Giuseppe; Galzerano, Patrizia; Melchiorre, Paolo

    2010-07-01

    The first catalytic method for the asymmetric aziridination of cyclic enones is described. The presented organocatalytic strategy is based on the use of an easily available organocatalyst that is able to convert a wide range of cyclic enones into the desired aziridines with very high enantiomeric purity and good chemical yield. Such a method may very well open up new opportunities to stereoselectively prepare complex chiral molecules that possess an indane moiety, a framework that is found in a large number of bioactive and pharmaceutically important molecules. PMID:20512797

  8. 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.

  9. Power converters for ITER

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    Benfatto, I

    2006-01-01

    The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) is a thermonuclear fusion experiment designed to provide long deuterium– tritium burning plasma operation. After a short description of ITER objectives, the main design parameters and the construction schedule, the paper describes the electrical characteristics of the French 400 kV grid at Cadarache: the European site proposed for ITER. Moreover, the paper describes the main requirements and features of the power converters designed for the ITER coil and additional heating power supplies, characterized by a total installed power of about 1.8 GVA, modular design with basic units up to 90 MVA continuous duty, dc currents up to 68 kA, and voltages from 1 kV to 1 MV dc.

  10. Electromagnetic wave energy converter

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    Bailey, R. L. (Inventor)

    1973-01-01

    Electromagnetic wave energy is converted into electric power with an array of mutually insulated electromagnetic wave absorber elements each responsive to an electric field component of the wave as it impinges thereon. Each element includes a portion tapered in the direction of wave propagation to provide a relatively wideband response spectrum. Each element includes an output for deriving a voltage replica of the electric field variations intercepted by it. Adjacent elements are positioned relative to each other so that an electric field subsists between adjacent elements in response to the impinging wave. The electric field results in a voltage difference between adjacent elements that is fed to a rectifier to derive dc output power.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. High-Performance Data Converters

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    Steensgaard-Madsen, Jesper

    in a standard CMOS technology, they can be designed to yield 100 dB performance at 10 times oversampling. The proposed scaled-element mismatch-shaping D/A converters are well suited for use as the feedback stage in oversampled delta-sigma quantizers. It is, however, not easy to make full use of their......Novel techniques for multi-bit oversampled data conversion are described. State-of-the-art oversampled data converters are analyzed, leading to the conclusion that their performance is limited mainly by low-resolution signal representation. To increase the resolution, high-performance, high......-resolution internal D/A converters are required. Unit-element mismatch-shaping D/A converters are analyzed, and the concept of mismatch-shaping is generalized to include scaled-element D/A converters. Several types of scaled-element mismatch-shaping D/A converters are proposed. Simulations show that, when implemented...

  16. Low pressure solar thermal converter

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    Muller, Gerald

    2010-01-01

    The current development of solar power converters with air as working fluid focuses mostly on concentrating collectors combined with hot-air engines, and on very low temperature solar tower concepts. Whilst concentrating collectors and Stirling engines need complex technology, solar tower converters have very low efficiencies and require large installations. Pressurized containers as energy converters offer the advantage of simplicity, but appear not to have been investigated in detail. ...

  17. 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 .

  18. Catalytic methanol dissociation

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    Results of the methanol dissociation study on copper/potassium catalyst with alumina support at various temperatures are presented. The following gaseous and liquid products at. The catalytic methanol dissociation is obtained: hydrogen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, methane, and dimethyl ether. Formation rates of these products are discussed. Activation energies of corresponding reactions are calculated

  19. 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.

  20. Monolithic catalytic igniters

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    La Ferla, R.; Tuffias, R. H.; Jang, Q.

    1993-01-01

    Catalytic igniters offer the potential for excellent reliability and simplicity for use with the diergolic bipropellant oxygen/hydrogen as well as with the monopropellant hydrazine. State-of-the-art catalyst beds - noble metal/granular pellet carriers - currently used in hydrazine engines are limited by carrier stability, which limits the hot-fire temperature, and by poor thermal response due to the large thermal mass. Moreover, questions remain with regard to longevity and reliability of these catalysts. In this work, Ultramet investigated the feasibility of fabricating monolithic catalyst beds that overcome the limitations of current catalytic igniters via a combination of chemical vapor deposition (CVD) iridium coatings and chemical vapor infiltration (CVI) refractory ceramic foams. It was found that under all flow conditions and O2:H2 mass ratios tested, a high surface area monolithic bed outperformed a Shell 405 bed. Additionally, it was found that monolithic catalytic igniters, specifically porous ceramic foams fabricated by CVD/CVI processing, can be fabricated whose catalytic performance is better than Shell 405 and with significantly lower flow restriction, from materials that can operate at 2000 C or higher.

  1. Multilevel push pull power converter

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    2007-01-01

    A power converter for converting an input voltage (Vin) into an output voltage (Vout), comprising a first supply potential and a second supply potential established by the input voltage, and at least one primary winding having two terminals, a center tap arranged between the two terminals and...

  2. Proposed electromagnetic wave energy converter

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    Bailey, R. L.

    1973-01-01

    Device converts wave energy into electric power through array of insulated absorber elements responsive to field of impinging electromagnetic radiation. Device could also serve as solar energy converter that is potentially less expensive and fragile than solar cells, yet substantially more efficient.

  3. Design of Catalytically Amplified Sensors for Small Molecules

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    Olga V. Makhlynets

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Catalytically amplified sensors link an allosteric analyte binding site with a reactive site to catalytically convert substrate into colored or fluorescent product that can be easily measured. Such an arrangement greatly improves a sensor’s detection limit as illustrated by successful application of ELISA-based approaches. The ability to engineer synthetic catalytic sites into non-enzymatic proteins expands the repertoire of analytes as well as readout reactions. Here we review recent examples of small molecule sensors based on allosterically controlled enzymes and organometallic catalysts. The focus of this paper is on biocompatible, switchable enzymes regulated by small molecules to track analytes both in vivo and in the environment.

  4. 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.

  5. 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)

  6. 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...

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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...

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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...

  13. FREQUENCY CONVERTERS WITH IMPROVED PERFORMANCE

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    Grigorash O. V.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In the autonomous power supply systems there are widely used frequency converters that are able to simultaneously increase or decrease the frequency of the current and voltage stabilizing power supply. These positive properties of frequency converters can improve the operational and technical characteristics of the autonomous power supply system in the complex. The article suggests a functional diagram of a frequency converter performed on reversible rectifiers. We have presented timing diagrams illustrating the principle of its operation. The article also deals with two functional scheme of direct frequency converters executed on single-phase, threephase transformer with a rotating magnetic field. The principle of operation of these schemes has been also discussed in the timing diagrams. The proposed technical solutions for frequency converters contain a smaller amount of power electronic devices that make it possible, thereby reducing the level of electromagnetic interference, increase the efficiency and reliability of performance inverters. The considered scheme of frequency converters, can improve the technical characteristics of the autonomous power supply systems in the complex. We can significantly improve the performance of power systems through the use of modular aggregating principle of the basic functional units of an autonomous system

  14. 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)

  15. Lignin Valorization using Heterogenous Catalytic Oxidation

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    Melián Rodríguez, Mayra; Shunmugavel, Saravanamurugan; Kegnæs, Søren;

    The research interests in biomass conversion to fuels and chemicals has increased significantly in the last decade in view of current problems such as global warming, high oil prices, food crisis and other geopolitical scenarios. Many different reactions and processes to convert biomass into high......-value products and fuels have been proposed in the literature, giving special attention to the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass, which does not compete with food resources and is widely available as a low cost feedstock 1. Lignocellulose biomass is a complex material composed of three main fractions...... complex so different model compounds are often used to study lignin valorization. These model compounds contain the linkages present in lignin, simplifying catalytic analysis and present analytical challenges related to the study of the complicated lignin polymer and the plethora of products that could be...

  16. 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...

  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. Catalytic reforming process

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    Absil, R.P.; Huss, A. Jr.; McHale, W.D.; Partridge, R.D.

    1989-06-13

    This patent describes a catalytic reforming process which comprises contacting a naphtha range feed with a low acidity extrudate comprising an intermediate and/or a large pore acidic zeolite bound with a low acidity refractory oxide under reforming conditions to provide a reaction product of increased aromatic content, the extrudate having been prepared with at least an extrusion-facilitating amount of a low acidity refractory oxide in colloidal form and containing at least one metal species selected from the platinum group metals.

  19. Catalytic combustion in small wood burning appliances

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    Oravainen, H. [VTT Energy, Jyvaeskylae (Finland)

    1996-12-31

    There is over a million hand fired small heating appliances in Finland where about 5,4 million cubic meters of wood fuel is used. Combustion in such heating appliances is a batch-type process. In early stages of combustion when volatiles are burned, the formation of carbon monoxide (CO) and other combustible gases are difficult to avoid when using fuels that have high volatile matter content. Harmful emissions are formed mostly after each fuel adding but also during char burnout period. When the CO-content in flue gases is, say over 0.5 %, also other harmful emissions will be formed. Methane (CH{sub 4}) and other hydrocarbons are released and the amount of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)-compounds can be remarkable. Some PAH-compounds are very carcinogenic. It has been estimated that in Finland even more than 90 % of hydrocarbon and PAH emissions are due to small scale wood combustion. Emissions from transportation is excluded from these figures. That is why wood combustion has a net effect on greenhouse gas phenomena. For example carbon monoxide emissions from small scale wood combustion are two fold compared to that of energy production in power plants. Methane emission is of the same order as emission from transportation and seven fold compared with those of energy production. Emissions from small heating appliances can be reduced by developing the combustion techniques, but also by using other means, for example catalytic converters. In certain stages of the batch combustion, temperature is not high enough, gas mixing is not good enough and residence time is too short for complete combustion. When placed to a suitable place inside a heating appliance, a catalytic converter can oxidize unburned gases in the flue gas into compounds that are not harmful to the environment. (3 refs.)

  20. Novel Catalytic Membrane Reactors

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    Stuart Nemser, PhD

    2010-10-01

    There are many industrial catalytic organic reversible reactions with amines or alcohols that have water as one of the products. Many of these reactions are homogeneously catalyzed. In all cases removal of water facilitates the reaction and produces more of the desired chemical product. By shifting the reaction to right we produce more chemical product with little or no additional capital investment. Many of these reactions can also relate to bioprocesses. Given the large number of water-organic compound separations achievable and the ability of the Compact Membrane Systems, Inc. (CMS) perfluoro membranes to withstand these harsh operating conditions, this is an ideal demonstration system for the water-of-reaction removal using a membrane reactor. Enhanced reaction synthesis is consistent with the DOE objective to lower the energy intensity of U.S. industry 25% by 2017 in accord with the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and to improve the United States manufacturing competitiveness. The objective of this program is to develop the platform technology for enhancing homogeneous catalytic chemical syntheses.

  1. Post combustion in converter steelmaking

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    Oghbasilasie, H.; Holappa, L.

    1997-12-31

    The purpose of this work is to study the fundamentals of post combustion and the effect of different process parameters on the post combustion ratio (PCR) and heat transfer efficiency (HTE) in converter steelmaking process. The PCR and HTE have been determined under normal operating conditions. Trials assessed the effect of lance height, vessel volume, foaming slag and pellet additions on PCR and HTE. Based on enthalpy considerations, post combustion of CO gas is regarded as one of the most effective means of increasing the heat supply to the BOP. The thermodynamic study of gas-metal-slag reactions gives the limiting conditions for post combustion inside the converter reactor. Different process parameters influencing both thermodynamic equilibria and kinetic conditions can greatly affect the post combustion ratio. Different features of converter processes as well smelting reduction processes utilizing post combustion have been reviewed. (orig.) SULA 2 Research Programme; 26 refs.

  2. Increasing of Reliability of Converter

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    Trebuňa, F.

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available The innovative activities in steel production invoke exploitation of new machines with the higher production capacity and productivity of labor. The paper deals with deformation and stress analysis of carrying parts of converter pedestal on the base of which the proposals and supporting measures were made that had the aim to increase reliability of the converter during steel production. This was achieved by lifespan prolongation of anchor and connecting bolts of converter pedestal, by change of stiffness of connected elements as well as by correction of nuts of bolted connections. The realization of structural changes decreased loading amplitudes and consequently the vibrations of pedestal. Solution was verified by numerical and experimental procedures of mechanics.

  3. Catalytic extraction processing of contaminated scrap metal

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    The contract was conceived to establish the commercial capability of Catalytic Extraction Processing (CEP) to treat contaminated scrap metal in the DOE inventory. In so doing, Molten Metal Technology, Inc. (MMT), pursued the following objectives: demonstration of the recycling of ferrous and non-ferrous metals--to establish that radioactively contaminated scrap metal can be converted to high-grade, ferrous and non-ferrous alloys which can be reused by DOE or reintroduced into commerce; immobilize radionuclides--that CEP will concentrate the radionuclides in a dense vitreous phase, minimize secondary waste generation and stabilize and reduce waste volume; destroy hazardous organics--that CEP will convert hazardous organics to valuable industrial gases, which can be used as feed gases for chemical synthesis or as an energy source; recovery volatile heavy metals--that CEP's off-gas treatment system will capture volatile heavy metals, such as mercury and lead; and establish that CEP is economical for processing contaminated scrap metal in the DOE inventory--that CEP is a more cost-effective and, complete treatment and recycling technology than competing technologies for processing contaminated scrap. The process and its performance are described

  4. Evolution of random catalytic networks

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    Fraser, S.M. [Santa Fe Inst., NM (United States); Reidys, C.M. [Santa Fe Inst., NM (United States)]|[Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)

    1997-06-01

    In this paper the authors investigate the evolution of populations of sequences on a random catalytic network. Sequences are mapped into structures, between which are catalytic interactions that determine their instantaneous fitness. The catalytic network is constructed as a random directed graph. They prove that at certain parameter values, the probability of some relevant subgraphs of this graph, for example cycles without outgoing edges, is maximized. Populations evolving under point mutations realize a comparatively small induced subgraph of the complete catalytic network. They present results which show that populations reliably discover and persist on directed cycles in the catalytic graph, though these may be lost because of stochastic effects, and study the effect of population size on this behavior.

  5. Bifunctional catalytic electrode

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    Cisar, Alan (Inventor); Murphy, Oliver J. (Inventor); Clarke, Eric (Inventor)

    2005-01-01

    The present invention relates to an oxygen electrode for a unitized regenerative hydrogen-oxygen fuel cell and the unitized regenerative fuel cell having the oxygen electrode. The oxygen electrode contains components electrocatalytically active for the evolution of oxygen from water and the reduction of oxygen to water, and has a structure that supports the flow of both water and gases between the catalytically active surface and a flow field or electrode chamber for bulk flow of the fluids. The electrode has an electrocatalyst layer and a diffusion backing layer interspersed with hydrophilic and hydrophobic regions. The diffusion backing layer consists of a metal core having gas diffusion structures bonded to the metal core.

  6. Catalytic Combustion of Gasified Waste

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    Kusar, Henrik

    2003-09-01

    This thesis concerns catalytic combustion for gas turbine application using a low heating-value (LHV) gas, derived from gasified waste. The main research in catalytic combustion focuses on methane as fuel, but an increasing interest is directed towards catalytic combustion of LHV fuels. This thesis shows that it is possible to catalytically combust a LHV gas and to oxidize fuel-bound nitrogen (NH{sub 3}) directly into N{sub 2} without forming NO{sub x} The first part of the thesis gives a background to the system. It defines waste, shortly describes gasification and more thoroughly catalytic combustion. The second part of the present thesis, paper I, concerns the development and testing of potential catalysts for catalytic combustion of LHV gases. The objective of this work was to investigate the possibility to use a stable metal oxide instead of noble metals as ignition catalyst and at the same time reduce the formation of NO{sub x} In paper II pilot-scale tests were carried out to prove the potential of catalytic combustion using real gasified waste and to compare with the results obtained in laboratory scale using a synthetic gas simulating gasified waste. In paper III, selective catalytic oxidation for decreasing the NO{sub x} formation from fuel-bound nitrogen was examined using two different approaches: fuel-lean and fuel-rich conditions. Finally, the last part of the thesis deals with deactivation of catalysts. The various deactivation processes which may affect high-temperature catalytic combustion are reviewed in paper IV. In paper V the poisoning effect of low amounts of sulfur was studied; various metal oxides as well as supported palladium and platinum catalysts were used as catalysts for combustion of a synthetic gas. In conclusion, with the results obtained in this thesis it would be possible to compose a working catalytic system for gas turbine application using a LHV gas.

  7. Simultaneous fast pyrolysis and catalytic upgrading of lignin to obtain a marine diesel fuel

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    Zhou, Guofeng

    The topic of this Ph.D. project is to convert lignin, a by-product from a 2nd generation bio-ethanol plant, into a marine diesel fuel by fast pyrolysis followed with catalytic upgrading of the pyrolysis vapor. Lignin, a major component of lignocellulosic biomass, is underutilized in the 2nd...

  8. One-Pot Catalytic Conversion of Cellulose and of Woody Biomass Solids to Liquid Fuels

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    Matson, Theodore D.; Barta, Katalin; Iretskii, Alexei V.; Ford, Peter C.

    2011-01-01

    Efficient methodologies for converting biomass solids to liquid fuels have the potential to reduce dependence on imported petroleum while easing the atmospheric carbon dioxide burden. Here, we report quantitative catalytic conversions of wood and cellulosic solids to liquid and gaseous products in a

  9. Converting accounts receivable into cash.

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    Folk, M D; Roest, P R

    1995-09-01

    In recent years, increasing numbers of healthcare providers have converted their accounts receivable into cash through a process called securitization. This practice has gained popularity because it provides a means to raise capital necessary to healthcare organizations. Although securitization transactions can be complex, they may provide increased financial flexibility to providers as they prepare for continuing change in the healthcare industry. PMID:10145096

  10. Charge-pump voltage converter

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    Brainard, John P.; Christenson, Todd R.

    2009-11-03

    A charge-pump voltage converter for converting a low voltage provided by a low-voltage source to a higher voltage. Charge is inductively generated on a transfer rotor electrode during its transit past an inductor stator electrode and subsequently transferred by the rotating rotor to a collector stator electrode for storage or use. Repetition of the charge transfer process leads to a build-up of voltage on a charge-receiving device. Connection of multiple charge-pump voltage converters in series can generate higher voltages, and connection of multiple charge-pump voltage converters in parallel can generate higher currents. Microelectromechanical (MEMS) embodiments of this invention provide a small and compact high-voltage (several hundred V) voltage source starting with a few-V initial voltage source. The microscale size of many embodiments of this invention make it ideally suited for MEMS- and other micro-applications where integration of the voltage or charge source in a small package is highly desirable.

  11. Unsteady catalytic processes and sorption-catalytic technologies

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    Catalytic processes that occur under conditions of the targeted unsteady state of the catalyst are considered. The highest efficiency of catalytic processes was found to be ensured by a controlled combination of thermal non-stationarity and unsteady composition of the catalyst surface. The processes based on this principle are analysed, in particular, catalytic selective reduction of nitrogen oxides, deep oxidation of volatile organic impurities, production of sulfur by the Claus process and by hydrogen sulfide decomposition, oxidation of sulfur dioxide, methane steam reforming and anaerobic combustion, selective oxidation of hydrocarbons, etc.

  12. Parametric study of laser photovoltaic energy converters

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    Walker, G. H.; Heinbockel, J. H.

    1987-01-01

    Photovoltaic converters are of interest for converting laser power to electrical power in a space-based laser power system. This paper describes a model for photovoltaic laser converters and the application of this model to a neodymium laser silicon photovoltaic converter system. A parametric study which defines the sensitivity of the photovoltaic parameters is described. An optimized silicon photovoltaic converter has an efficiency greater than 50 percent for 1000 W/sq cm of neodymium laser radiation.

  13. Catalytic Conversion of Carbohydrates

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    Osmundsen, Christian Mårup

    a renewable route to aromatics. The conversion of biomass by high temperature processes is a desirable prospect due to the high volumetric production rates which can be achieved, and the ability of these types of processes to convert a wide range of substrates. Current processes however typically...... process could prove to be an efficient initial conversion step in the utilization of biomass for chemicals production. The shift from an oil based chemical industry to one based on renewable resources is bound to happen sooner or later, however the environmental problems associated with the burning of...... production of commodity chemicals from the most abundantly available renewable source of carbon, carbohydrates. The production of alkyl lactates by the Lewis acid catalyzed conversion of hexoses is an interesting alternative to current fermentation based processes. A range of stannosilicates were...

  14. Catalytic Cracking of Used Palm Oil using Composite Zeolite

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    The rapid expansion of human society implies greater energy demand and environmental issues. In face of depletion energy resources, research is being carried out widely in order to convert the plant oil into biofuel. In this research, the production of liquid biofuels via catalytic cracking of used palm oil in the presence of composite zeolite was studied. The performance of composite zeolite of different properties in the reaction has been evaluated. The catalytic cracking reactions were carried out in a batch reactor at reaction temperature of 350 degree Celsius for an hour. In the present study, adjusting the ratio of meso porous coating to microporous zeolite and magnesium loading on composite zeolite catalyst were found to be able to increase the gasoline fraction and overall conversion of the reaction. (author)

  15. Radiated EMI from power converters

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    Arnautovski-Toševa Vesna

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available With the continuous increase of switching frequency together with the ongoing trend to higher complexity and functionality, power converters as a part of electronic systems have raised more and more electromagnetic energy pollution to the local system environment. In the same time, stringent demands are imposed on the designers of new circuits that electromagnetic interference (EMI has to be suppressed at its source before it is allowed to propagate into other circuits and systems. In this paper, the authors present a full-wave numerical method for calculation and simulation of electromagnetic field radiated by power converter circuitry. The main objective is to analyze the layout geometry in order to obtain competitive PCB layout that will enable suitably attenuated level of the radiated electric field to safe level. By this it would be possible to ensure reliable operation of the sensitive electronic components in the proximity.

  16. Vibration converter with magnetic levitation

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    Gladilin, A. V.; Pirogov, V. A.; Golyamina, I. P.; Kulaev, U. V.; Kurbatov, P. A.; Kurbatova, E. P.

    2015-05-01

    The paper presents a mathematical model, the results of computational and theoretical research, and the feasibility of creating a vibration converter with full magnetic levitation in the suspension of a high-temperature superconductor (HTSC). The axial and radial stability of the active part of the converter is provided by the interaction of the magnetic field of ring-shaped permanent magnets and a hollow cylinder made of the ceramic HTSC material. The force is created by a system of current-carrying coils whose magnetic field is polarized by permanent magnets and interacts with induced currents in the superconducting cylinder. The case of transition to the superconducting state of HTSC material in the field of the permanent magnets (FC mode) is considered. The data confirm the outlook for the proposed technical solutions.

  17. Photoelectric converters with quantum coherence

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    Su, Shan-He; Sun, Chang-Pu; Li, Sheng-Wen; Chen, Jin-Can

    2016-05-01

    Photon impingement is capable of liberating electrons in electronic devices and driving the electron flux from the lower chemical potential to higher chemical potential. Previous studies hinted that the thermodynamic efficiency of a nanosized photoelectric converter at maximum power is bounded by the Curzon-Ahlborn efficiency ηCA. In this study, we apply quantum effects to design a photoelectric converter based on a three-level quantum dot (QD) interacting with fermionic baths and photons. We show that, by adopting a pair of suitable degenerate states, quantum coherences induced by the couplings of QDs to sunlight and fermion baths can coexist steadily in nanoelectronic systems. Our analysis indicates that the efficiency at maximum power is no longer limited to ηCA through manipulation of carefully controlled quantum coherences.

  18. Collector for thermionic energy converter

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    An improved collector is provided for a thermionic energy converter. The collector comprises a p-type layer of a semiconductor material formed on an n-type layer of a semiconductor material. The p-n junction is maintained in a forward biased condition. The electron affinity of the exposed surface of the p-type layer is effectively lowered to a low level near zero by the presence of a work function lowering activator. The dissipation of energy during collection is reduced by the passage of electrons through the p-type layer in the metastable conduction band state. A significant portion of the electron current remains at the potential of the fermi level of the n-type layer rather than dropping to the fermi level of the p-type layer. Less energy is therefore dissipated as heat and a higher net power output is delivered from a thermionic energy converter incorporating the collector

  19. Radiated EMI from power converters

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    Arnautovski-Toševa Vesna; Rousset Yanis; Drissi El Khamlichi Khalil; Grčev Leonid

    2005-01-01

    With the continuous increase of switching frequency together with the ongoing trend to higher complexity and functionality, power converters as a part of electronic systems have raised more and more electromagnetic energy pollution to the local system environment. In the same time, stringent demands are imposed on the designers of new circuits that electromagnetic interference (EMI) has to be suppressed at its source before it is allowed to propagate into other circuits and systems. In this p...

  20. Resonant Demagnetization PWM Forward Converter

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    BİLGİN, Bülent

    2003-01-01

    In this paper, a new approach to demagnetization process of a PWM forward converter (FC) is proposed. According to this approach, the demagnetization winding and diode of a conventional FC are removed, and an external capacitor is added in parallel with the secondary diode. This replacement changes the linear demagnetization process of a conventional FC into a resonant demagnetization process. The theoretical performance results of the proposed resonant demagnetization forward conve...

  1. EMI Prediction of Switching Converters

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    Trinchero, Riccardo; Stievano, Igor Simone; Canavero, Flavio

    2015-01-01

    This paper addresses the simulation of the conducted electromagnetic interference produced by circuits with periodically switching elements. The proposed method allows for the computation of their steady-state responses by means of augmented linear time-invariant equivalents built from circuit inspection only, and standard tools for circuit analysis. The approach is demonstrated on a real dc-dc boost converter by comparing simulation results with real measurements

  2. Development of a Compact Matrix Converter

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    J. Bauer

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with the development of a matrix converter. Matrix converters belong to the category of direct frequency converters. A converter does not contain DC-link and the output voltage is provided by direct switching of voltage from the input phases. This is enabled by 9 bidirectional switches, which are provided by anti-serial connection of 18 IGBT transistors. The absence of a DC-link is great advantage of the matrix converter, but it also increases the requirements on the converter control. For this reason a new prototype of a matrix converter is being developed with sophisticated modern components (FPGA, Power PC equipped in the control part of the converter. The converter will be used for testing new control algorithms and commutation methods. 

  3. Computerized simulation of converter process

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    Jalkanen, H.; Suomi, M.L.; Wallgren, M. [Helsinki Univ. of Technology, Otaniemi (Finland). Lab. of Metallurgy

    1996-12-31

    Converter process is essentially an oxidising refining process aiming in addition to (1) the primary refining action, decarburisation of high carbon iron melt, also to (2) maximal elimination of impurity elements, especially silicon, phosphorus and sulphur, (3) melting of substantial amounts of scrap using the extra heat released in oxidation reactions and (4) to exact final steel temperature control, optimal for further treatments. `Quantitative modelling of such a complex non-stationary chemical process as oxygen converting necessitates extensive formulation of chemical and thermal evolution of the process in connection with the technological properties of the reactor and the process control measures. A comprehensive converter simulation program like CONSIM-3. 1 and its preceding versions that is based on the theoretical and practical knowledge on the process can be used for (1) educating specialists and smelter personnel, (2) planning of the blowing programs, (3) developing and testing of process control systems and after some elaboration and restructuring (4) it can be integrated to static or dynamic process control systems. (orig.) SULA 2 Research Programme; 10 refs.

  4. 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)

  5. Immigration process in catalytic medium

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    2000-01-01

    The longtime behavior of the immigration process associated with a catalytic super-Brownian motion is studied. A large number law is proved in dimension d≤3 and a central limit theorem is proved for dimension d=3.

  6. Catalytic DNA with phosphatase activity

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    Chandrasekar, Jagadeeswaran; Silverman, Scott K.

    2013-01-01

    Catalytic DNA sequences (deoxyribozymes, DNA enzymes, or DNAzymes) have been identified by in vitro selection for various catalytic activities. Expanding the limits of DNA catalysis is an important fundamental objective and may facilitate practical utility of catalysts that can be obtained from entirely unbiased (random) sequence populations. In this study, we show that DNA can catalyze Zn2+-dependent phosphomonoester hydrolysis of tyrosine and serine side chains (i.e., exhibit phosphatase ac...

  7. Simulation Results of Double Forward Converter

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    P. Vijaya KUMAR

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available This work aims to find a better forward converter for DC to DC conversion.Simulation of double forward converter in SMPS system is discussed in this paper. Aforward converter with RCD snubber to synchronous rectifier and/or to current doubleris also discussed. The evolution of the forward converter is first reviewed in a tutorialfashion. Performance parameters are discussed including operating principle, voltageconversion ratio, efficiency, device stress, small-signal dynamics, noise and EMI. Itscircuit operation and its performance characteristics of the forward converter with RCDsnubber and double forward converter are described and the simulation results arepresented.

  8. Power electronics converters and regulators

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    Dokić, Branko L

    2015-01-01

    This book is the result of the extensive experience the authors gained through their year-long occupation at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the University of Banja Luka. Starting at the fundamental basics of electrical engineering, the book guides the reader into this field and covers all the relevant types of converters and regulators. Understanding is enhanced by the given examples, exercises and solutions. Thus this book can be used as a textbook for students, for self-study or as a reference book for professionals.

  9. Power Converters and Power Quality

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    Kahle, K

    2015-01-01

    This paper discusses the subject of power quality for power converters. The first part gives an overview of most of the common disturbances and power quality issues in electrical networks for particle accelerators, and explains their consequences for accelerator operation. The propagation of asymmetrical network disturbances into a network is analysed. Quantitative parameters for network disturbances in a typical network are presented, and immunity levels for users’ electrical equipment are proposed. The second part of this paper discusses the technologies and strategies used in particle accelerator networks for power quality improvement . Particular focus is given to networks supplying loads with cycling active and reactive power

  10. Converting pest insects into food

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    Offenberg, Hans Joachim; Wiwatwittaya, Decha

    2010-01-01

    pest insects, problematic pests are converted into food and additional earnings. To assess the profitability of providing additional food for the ants, O. smaragdina food conversion efficiency (ECI) was estimated in the laboratory. This estimate suggests the feeding of weaver ants in ant farms to be......Canopy dwelling weaver ants (Oecophylla spp.) are used to control a variety of pests in a number of tropical tree crops. What is less familiar is the existence of commercial markets where these ants and their brood are sold for (i) human consumption, (ii) pet food or (iii) traditional medicine. In...

  11. Digital to Analog Converter Description

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    Tuijl, van, B.A.J.

    2003-01-01

    A circuit for analogue to digital or digital to analogue conversion comprising at least 2n matched current sources (40-1, 40-2, 40-n), where n is the resolution required of the conversion. Preferably more than 2n current sources (40-1, 40-2, 40-n) are used. The order in which the sources (40-1, 40-2, 40-n) are used may be changed in different samples. The current sources (40-1, 40-2, 40-n) may be replaced by one bit switched capacitor converters or by inverters connected to one end of a set o...

  12. Analysis Of Single Phase Matrix Converter

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    Divya Ahirrao; Bhagyashri Gaware

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents concept of single phase matrix converter. Single phase matrix converter (SPMC) performs a function such as frequency changer, rectifier, inverter; chopper. This reduces the need for new converter hardware. Pulse width modulation (SPWM) techniques are used to calculate the switch duty ratio to synthesis the output. The simulation of converter is carried out in MATLAB/SIMULINK. Hardware design is obtained using readily available IC‟s and other components. Thi...

  13. Valuing Convertible Bonds Based on LSRQM Method

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    Jian Liu; Lizhao Yan; Chaoqun Ma

    2014-01-01

    Convertible bonds are one of the essential financial products for corporate finance, while the pricing theory is the key problem to the theoretical research of convertible bonds. This paper demonstrates how to price convertible bonds with call and put provisions using Least-Squares Randomized Quasi-Monte Carlo (LSRQM) method. We consider the financial market with stochastic interest rates and credit risk and present a detailed description on calculating steps of convertible bonds value. The e...

  14. OAM mode converter in twisted fibers

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    Usuga Castaneda, Mario A.; Beltran-Mejia, Felipe; Cordeiro, Cristiano;

    2014-01-01

    We analyze the case of an OAM mode converter based on a twisted fiber, through finite element simulations where we exploit an equivalence between geometric and material transformations. The obtained converter has potential applications in MDM. © 2014 OSA.......We analyze the case of an OAM mode converter based on a twisted fiber, through finite element simulations where we exploit an equivalence between geometric and material transformations. The obtained converter has potential applications in MDM. © 2014 OSA....

  15. Simulation Results of Double Forward Converter

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    P. Vijaya Kumar; S. Rama Reddy

    2009-01-01

    This work aims to find a better forward converter for DC to DC conversion.Simulation of double forward converter in SMPS system is discussed in this paper. Aforward converter with RCD snubber to synchronous rectifier and/or to current doubleris also discussed. The evolution of the forward converter is first reviewed in a tutorialfashion. Performance parameters are discussed including operating principle, voltageconversion ratio, efficiency, device stress, small-signal dynamics, noise and EMI....

  16. Tunable astigmatic π/2 mode converter

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    The scheme of a tunable astigmatic π/2 mode converter is described. The converter provides the use of input beams with the twofold variable Rayleigh length, while variations in the optical length of the converter itself do not exceed 1/6. (laser beams)

  17. Ecologically Optimal Solution of Power Semiconductors Converters

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    Ivan Lokseninec

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available One of the relevant scientific programs of Department of Power Electrical Systems is research of ecologically optimal topologies main circuits of power converters. This paper presents some methods how to reduce unfavourable influences of power converters on the grid. The achieved results were applieed in praxis, especially in the power converters produced by Electrotechnical Research and Projecting Institute in Nova Dubnica.

  18. Hybrid thermionic-photovoltaic converter

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    Datas, A.

    2016-04-01

    A conceptual device for the direct conversion of heat into electricity is presented. This concept hybridizes thermionic (TI) and thermophotovoltaic (TPV) energy conversion in a single thermionic-photovoltaic (TIPV) solid-state device. This device transforms into electricity both the electron and photon fluxes emitted by an incandescent surface. This letter presents an idealized analysis of this device in order to determine its theoretical potential. According to this analysis, the key advantage of this converter, with respect to either TPV or TI, is the higher power density in an extended temperature range. For low temperatures, TIPV performs like TPV due to the negligible electron flux. On the contrary, for high temperatures, TIPV performs like TI due to the great enhancement of the electron flux, which overshadows the photon flux contribution. At the intermediate temperatures, ˜1650 K in the case of this particular study, I show that the power density potential of TIPV converter is twice as great as that of TPV and TI. The greatest impact concerns applications in which the temperature varies in a relatively wide range, for which averaged power density enhancement above 500% is attainable.

  19. Reactive Power Compensation using a Matrix Converter

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    Holtsmark, Nathalie Marie-Anna

    2010-01-01

    This Master's thesis investigates a new application for the matrix converter: Shunt reactive power compensation. The suggested Matrix Converter-based Reactive power Compensation (MCRC) device is composed of a matrix converter, which input is connected to the grid and an electric machine at the output of the converter. The reactive power flowing in or out of the grid can be regulated with the matrix converter by controlling the magnitude and/or phase angle of the current at the input of the co...

  20. Valuing Convertible Bonds Based on LSRQM Method

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    Jian Liu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Convertible bonds are one of the essential financial products for corporate finance, while the pricing theory is the key problem to the theoretical research of convertible bonds. This paper demonstrates how to price convertible bonds with call and put provisions using Least-Squares Randomized Quasi-Monte Carlo (LSRQM method. We consider the financial market with stochastic interest rates and credit risk and present a detailed description on calculating steps of convertible bonds value. The empirical results show that the model fits well the market prices of convertible bonds in China’s market and the LSRQM method is effective.

  1. Analysis Of Single Phase Matrix Converter

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    Divya Ahirrao

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents concept of single phase matrix converter. Single phase matrix converter (SPMC performs a function such as frequency changer, rectifier, inverter; chopper. This reduces the need for new converter hardware. Pulse width modulation (SPWM techniques are used to calculate the switch duty ratio to synthesis the output. The simulation of converter is carried out in MATLAB/SIMULINK. Hardware design is obtained using readily available IC‟s and other components. This paper discusses the new multiple converter for single phase input using matrix topology using just a single control logic.

  2. Catalytic activity of Au nanoparticles

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    Larsen, Britt Hvolbæk; Janssens, Ton V.W.; Clausen, Bjerne;

    2007-01-01

    Au is usually viewed as an inert metal, but surprisingly it has been found that Au nanoparticles less than 3–5 nm in diameter are catalytically active for several chemical reactions. We discuss the origin of this effect, focusing on the way in which the chemical activity of Au may change with par......Au is usually viewed as an inert metal, but surprisingly it has been found that Au nanoparticles less than 3–5 nm in diameter are catalytically active for several chemical reactions. We discuss the origin of this effect, focusing on the way in which the chemical activity of Au may change...... with particle size. We find that the fraction of low-coordinated Au atoms scales approximately with the catalytic activity, suggesting that atoms on the corners and edges of Au nanoparticles are the active sites. This effect is explained using density functional calculations....

  3. Catalytic distillation water recovery subsystem

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    Budininkas, P.; Rasouli, F.

    1985-01-01

    An integrated engineering breadboard subsystem for the recovery of potable water from untreated urine based on the vapor phase catalytic ammonia removal was designed, fabricated and tested. Unlike other evaporative methods, this process catalytically oxidizes ammonia and volatile hydrocarbons vaporizing with water to innocuous products; therefore, no pretreatment of urine is required. Since the subsystem is fabricated from commercially available components, its volume, weight and power requirements are not optimized; however, it is suitable for zero-g operation. The testing program consists of parametric tests, one month of daily tests and a continuous test of 168 hours duration. The recovered water is clear, odorless, low in ammonia and organic carbon, and requires only an adjustment of its pH to meet potable water standards. The obtained data indicate that the vapor phase catalytic ammonia removal process, if further developed, would also be competitive with other water recovery systems in weight, volume and power requirements.

  4. Engineering reactors for catalytic reactions

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    Vivek V Ranade

    2014-03-01

    Catalytic reactions are ubiquitous in chemical and allied industries. A homogeneous or heterogeneous catalyst which provides an alternative route of reaction with lower activation energy and better control on selectivity can make substantial impact on process viability and economics. Extensive studies have been conducted to establish sound basis for design and engineering of reactors for practising such catalytic reactions and for realizing improvements in reactor performance. In this article, application of recent (and not so recent) developments in engineering reactors for catalytic reactions is discussed. Some examples where performance enhancement was realized by catalyst design, appropriate choice of reactor, better injection and dispersion strategies and recent advances in process intensification/ multifunctional reactors are discussed to illustrate the approach.

  5. Effective Diffusivities and Pore-Transport Characteristics of Washcoated Monolith for Automotive Catalytic Converter

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    Starý, T.; Šolcová, Olga; Schneider, Petr; Marek, M.; Schejbal, M.

    Praha : Procesní inženýrství, 2005 - (Bočková, J.; Halfar, R.), s. 125 ISBN 80-86059-42-1. [Konference chemického a procesního inženýrství CHISA 2005 /52./. Srní, Šumava (CZ), 17.10.2005-20.10.2005] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40720504 Keywords : single pellet-string column * effective diffusivity * monolith catalyst Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry

  6. Effective Diffusivities and Pore-Transport Characteristics of Washcoated Ceramic Monolith for Automotive Catalytic Converter

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    Starý, T.; Šolcová, Olga; Schneider, Petr; Marek, M.

    Bratislava : Slovak Society of Chemical Engineering, 2005 - (Markoš, J.; Štefuca, V.), s. 215 ISBN 80-227-2224-3. [International Conference of Slovak Society of Chemical Engineering /32./. Tatranské Matliare (SK), 23.05.2005-27.05.2005] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA104/05/2616; GA ČR(CZ) GD104/03/H141; GA AV ČR(CZ) IAA4072404 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40720504 Keywords : effective diffusivity * monolith catalyst * transport parameters Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry

  7. Effective Diffusivities and Pore-Transport Characteristics of Washcoated Ceramic Monolith for Automotive Catalytic Converter

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    Starý, T.; Šolcová, Olga; Schneider, Petr; Marek, M.

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 61, č. 18 (2006), s. 5934-5943. ISSN 0009-2509 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA104/05/2616; GA AV ČR(CZ) IAA4072404 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40720504 Keywords : effective diffusivity * monolith catalyst * chromatography Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 1.629, year: 2006

  8. Three-way catalytic converter modelling. Numerical determination of kinetic data

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    Dubien, C.; Schweich, D. [Laboratoire de Genie des Precedes Catalytiques, Villeurbanne cedex (France)

    1998-12-31

    A numerical approach for obtaining quickly and simply kinetic data from light-off curves is proposed. It is applied to methane oxidation which exhibits light-off at a much higher temperature than the other pollutants. Sensitivity analysis shows that heat loss is secondary and a simple 1-D adiabatic model can be used. Conversions calculated from the estimated kinetic parameters are close to experimental values. Finally, the effects of the apparent activation energy and frequency factor are discussed through a relation that links the rate constants to the light-off temperature. 10 refs.

  9. Analysis of Platinum Content in Used Auto Catalytic Converter Carriers and the Possibility of its Recovery

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    Saternus M.; Fornalczyk A.; Cebulski J.

    2014-01-01

    Obecnie każdy wyprodukowany samochód musi być wyposażony w katalizator, w którym metale szlachetne takie jak platyna, pallad czy rod pełnią funkcje katalityczne. Czas życia katalizatorów jest ograniczony, zatem zostają one zastąpione nowymi, a stare stanowią ważne źródło platynowców. Zużyte katalizatory samochodowe przerabiane są hydrometalurgicznie lub pirometalurgicznie. Jednakże pierwszym etapem takiego przerobu powinna być analiza chemiczna. W pracy analizie na zawartość platyny poddano k...

  10. 汽车尾气催化转化器%Exhaust Gas Catalytic Converter for Automobiles

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    谭强

    2000-01-01

    简要介绍了汽车尾气催化转化器的结构、材料工艺和性能.综合比较了稀土-贱金属复合氧化物催化剂、稀土贱金属-微量贵金属催化剂和贵金属-少量稀土催化剂的材料和特性.给出了几种典型贵金属-稀土金属催化剂的配方.

  11. 催化转化器的研究进展%Research Rrogress of Catalytic Converters

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    肖丹妮; 靳超; 袁万里

    2015-01-01

    随着国家对环保问题重视程度的提高,对车辆废气排放要求也相应地增加.结合摩托车尾气排放问题,对催化转化器在降低CO、HC和NOx等方面发挥的作用进行了介绍,详细阐述了催化转化器的定义、组成和反应原理,论述了在一定范围内贵金属组分铂、钯、铑的含量越大,催化效率越高,同时其催化活性与贵金属铂、钯、铑的粒径也成线性关系;催化转化器载体孔壁厚度越薄和孔密度越大催化效率越高;汽油品质越好,含硫量越低,催化效率越高;根据不同车型的排放要求,选择合适的温度、排气系统空燃比,使其达到最佳的排放效果.

  12. Studies on Exhaust Emissions from Copper-Coated Gasohol Run Spark Ignition Engine with Catalytic Converter

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

    2011-01-01

    The major pollutants emitted from spark ignition engine are carbon monooxide (CO) and unburnt hydrocarbons (UHC). These are hazardous and cause health problems to human beings, and hence control of these pollutants calls for immediate attention. Copper of thickness 300 microns is coated over piston crown and inside portion of the cylinder head of the spark ignition engine. Investigations have been carried out for reducing pollutants from a variable compression ratio, copper-coated spark ignit...

  13. New tests for characterizing the durability of a ceramic catalytic converter package

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    Reddy, K.P.; Helfinstine, J.D.; Gulati, S.T. [Corning, Inc., NY (United States)

    1996-09-01

    New test methods were developed to characterize the high temperature durability of intumescent mats that are used to mount ceramic catalyst supports in stainless steel cans. The key attribute of these tests is the use of an electric resistance heating method to maintain a temperature gradient through the thickness of the mat when a cyclic or constant shear stress is applied to the mat interface. These tests are simple to perform and do not require expensive equipment or highly skilled operators. Using these new test methods, the durability of ceramic preconverters mounted with 4,070 gm/m{sup 2} intumescent mat was studied. The results of these tests indicate that a preconverter package with 4070 gm/m{sup 2} intumescent mat can perform satisfactorily in the close-coupled application where temperatures exceed 900 C. The mat performance can be quantified in terms of applied stress and test temperature by utilizing the experimental methods described in the present study.

  14. Demonstration of lean NOx catalytic converter technology on a heavy-duty diesel engine. Final report

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    Heimrich, M.J.

    1996-05-01

    Experimental catalysts for the reduction of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) were evaluated on a 258-horsepower (192 kW) direct-injection heavy-duty diesel engine. An experimental reductant delivery system provided supplementary hydrocarbons for the reduction of NOx. A fuel economy penalty of five percent was measured for initial FTP experiments.

  15. Dielectric heating catalytic converter system for reducing cold-start emissions

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    Takatsu, Katsumi; Kurogi, Fumiyasu; Matsue, Akihiro; Kasaya, Masashi

    1996-09-01

    To reduce the harmful pollutants in cold start emissions, this study has been considering microwave dielectric technique for rapid catalyst heating. A dielectric material, having a relatively large loss factor at 2.45GHz was selected. This was coated to the exhaust catalyst allowing microwave energy to be deposited efficiently. The developed system has been tested successfully using a single-mode cavity in conjunction with a model gas. Moreover, a concept for practical in-vehicle system using the microwave heated catalyst has been proposed.

  16. BMW 750i with electrically heated catalytic converter; BMW 750i mit elektrisch beheiztem Katalysator

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    Kiefer, W.; Plodek, B.; Ehmann, P. [BMW AG, Muenchen (Germany); Feldwisch-Drentrup, R. [Engelhard Technologies GmbH (Germany); Diringer, J. [Emitec Gesellschaft fuer Emissionstechnologie mbH (Germany)

    1998-11-01

    The twelve-cylinder BMW engine employed in the top-of-the-range 750i is also to be equipped with cutting-edge emission control technology for the 1999 model year in order to meet the planned statutory requirements for EU stages 3 and 4, and of LEV for California. A forward-looking emission concept for fulfilment of the world`s strictest emission limits has been drawn up for this purpose. Additional technical measures have been employed in order to reduce fuel consumption and to underline BMW`s commitment to producing `the ultimate driving machine`. (orig.) [Deutsch] Der BMW Zwoelfzylindermotor, der im Topmodell 750i eingesetzt wird, sollte fuer das Modelljahr 1999 auch bezueglich der Emissionen mit Spitzentechnik zur Erfuellung der geplanten Gesetzesanforderungen fuer EU 3 und EU 4 sowie LEV fuer Kalifornien ausgestattet werden. Hierfuer wurde ein zukunftsweisendes Emissionskonzept zur Erfuellung der weltweit schaerfsten Abgasgrenzwerte entwickelt. Zusaetzliche technische Massnahmen dienen dazu, den Kraftstoffverbrauch zu verbessern. (orig.)

  17. DNA replication: polymerase epsilon as a non-catalytic converter of the helicase.

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    Zegerman, Philip

    2013-04-01

    In eukaryotes DNA polymerase epsilon (ε) synthesises the leading DNA strand during replication. A new study provides insight into how this polymerase also functions independently of its enzyme activity to assemble and activate the replicative helicase. PMID:23578873

  18. Preliminary Characterization of a Coaxial DBD Plasma-Catalytic Converter for Methane Partial Oxidation

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    Coulombe, Sylvain; Diaz Gomez Maqueo, Pablo; Evans, Mathew; Sainct, Florent; Bergthorson, Jeff

    2015-09-01

    This contribution discusses the development and characteristics of a coaxial dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) using a methane-oxygen mixture at atmospheric conditions of temperature and pressure. A sinusoidal voltage waveform of 12 kVp-p at 20 kHz produces discharges in a 1.15 mm gap. Power is estimated using a Lissajous figure method while optical emission spectroscopy (OES) is used to estimate the rotational and vibrational temperatures of the gas. Obtained OES spectra are similar, differing mainly on the intensity of their CH and OH bands, tending towards a more intense OH band as oxygen availability increased. CH bands show the strongest emission intensities of which, CH(C-X) seems to be the most intense of all, followed by CH(A-X) and lastly by CH(B-X). The spectra of CH(A-X) and CH(C-X) were uploaded into a simulation software to estimate the plasma temperatures. For the CH(A-X) bands, a simulation with a Trot = 600 K and a Tvib = 6000 K matched the experimental spectra. In the case of the CH(C-X) band, a Trot = 800 K and a Tvib = 4000 K were determined. The vibrational temperatures are especially high, a result which is particularly important for the development of a plasma-catalysis reactor. The authors acknowledge the financial support provided by NSERC, FRQNT as well as McGill University through the McGill Engineering Doctoral Award program.

  19. Effectiveness of replacing catalytic converters in LPG-fueled vehicles in Hong Kong

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    Lyu, X. P.; Guo, H.; Simpson, I. J.; Meinardi, S.; Louie, P. K. K.; Ling, Z. H.; Wang, Y.; Liu, M.; Luk, C. W. Y.; Wang, N.; Blake, D. R.

    2015-12-01

    Many taxis and public buses are powered by liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in Hong Kong. With more vehicles using LPG, they have become the major contributor to ambient volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in Hong Kong. An intervention program aimed to reduce the emissions of VOCs and nitrogen oxides (NOx) from LPG-fueled vehicles was implemented by the Hong Kong Government in September 2013. Long-term real-time measurements indicated that the program was remarkably effective in reducing LPG-related VOCs, NOx and nitric oxide (NO) in the atmosphere. Receptor modeling results further revealed that propane, propene, i-butane, n-butane and NO in LPG-fueled vehicle exhaust emissions decreased by 37.3 ± 0.4, 50.2 ± 0.3, 32.9 ± 0.4, 41.1 ± 0.4 and 75.9 ± 0.3 %, respectively, during the implementation of the program. In contrast, despite the reduction of VOCs and NOx, the O3 production following the program increased by 0.25 ± 0.04 ppbv h-1 (4.8 %). Moreover, the production rate of HOx decreased due to the reduction of VOCs, whereas NO reduction resulted in a more significant decrease of the HOx in destruction compared to the decrease in production, and an increase of hydroxyl (OH) and hydroperoxyl (HO2). Analysis of O3-VOCs-NOx sensitivity in ambient air indicated VOC-limited regimes in the O3 formation before and during the program. Moreover, a maximum reduction percentage of NOx (i.e., 29.4 %) and the lowest reduction ratio of VOCs / NOx (i.e., ~ 3 : 1) in LPG-fueled vehicle emissions were determined to give a zero O3 increment. The findings are of great help to future formulation and implementation of control strategies on vehicle emissions in Hong Kong.

  20. Analysis of Platinum Content in Used Auto Catalytic Converter Carriers and the Possibility of its Recovery

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    Saternus M.

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Obecnie każdy wyprodukowany samochód musi być wyposażony w katalizator, w którym metale szlachetne takie jak platyna, pallad czy rod pełnią funkcje katalityczne. Czas życia katalizatorów jest ograniczony, zatem zostają one zastąpione nowymi, a stare stanowią ważne źródło platynowców. Zużyte katalizatory samochodowe przerabiane są hydrometalurgicznie lub pirometalurgicznie. Jednakże pierwszym etapem takiego przerobu powinna być analiza chemiczna. W pracy analizie na zawartość platyny poddano kilka różnych nośników katalitycznych pochodzących z różnych samochodów. Do tego celu posłużył elektronowy mikroskop skaningowy. Przedstawiono strukturę analizowanych nośników katalitycznych, ich analizę chemiczną jak również wykresy EDS (Energy Dispersive Spectrum. Przeprowadzono dyskusję wyników i możliwych metod odzysku platyny.

  1. Effectiveness of replacing catalytic converters in LPG-fueled vehicles in Hong Kong

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    Lyu, Xiaopu; Guo, Hai; Simpson, Isobel J.; Meinardi, Simone; Louie, Peter K. K.; Ling, Zhenhao; Wang, Yu; Liu, Ming; Luk, Connie W. Y.; Wang, Nan; Blake, Donald R.

    2016-05-01

    Many taxis and public buses are powered by liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in Hong Kong. With more vehicles using LPG, they have become the major contributor to ambient volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in Hong Kong. An intervention program which aimed to reduce the emissions of VOCs and nitrogen oxides (NOx) from LPG-fueled vehicles was implemented by the Hong Kong government in September 2013. Long-term real-time measurements indicated that the program was remarkably effective in reducing LPG-related VOCs, NOx and nitric oxide (NO) in the atmosphere. Receptor modeling results further revealed that propane, propene, i-butane, n-butane and NO in LPG-fueled vehicle exhaust emissions decreased by 40.8 ± 0.1, 45.7 ± 0.2, 35.7 ± 0.1, 47.8 ± 0.1 and 88.6 ± 0.7 %, respectively, during the implementation of the program. In contrast, despite the reduction of VOCs and NOx, O3 following the program increased by 0.40 ± 0.03 ppbv (˜ 5.6 %). The LPG-fueled vehicle exhaust was generally destructive to OH and HO2. However, the destruction effect weakened for OH and it even turned to positive contribution to HO2 during the program. These changes led to the increases of OH, HO2 and HO2 / OH ratio, which might explain the positive O3 increment. Analysis of O3-VOCs-NOx sensitivity in ambient air indicated VOC-limited regimes in the O3 formation before and during the program. Moreover, a maximum reduction percentage of NOx (i.e., 69 %) and the lowest reduction ratio of VOCs / NOx (i.e., 1.1) in LPG-fueled vehicle exhaust were determined to give a zero O3 increment. The findings are of great help to future formulation and implementation of control strategies on vehicle emissions in Hong Kong, and could be extended to other regions in China and around the world.

  2. Catalytic pyrolysis using UZM-39 aluminosilicate zeolite

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    Nicholas, Christpher P; Boldingh, Edwin P

    2013-12-17

    A new family of coherently grown composites of TUN and IMF zeotypes has been synthesized and show to be effective catalysts for catalytic pyrolysis of biomass. These zeolites are represented by the empirical formula. Na.sub.nM.sub.m.sup.n+R.sub.rQ.sub.qAl.sub1-xE.sub.xSi.sub.yO.s- ub.z where M represents zinc or a metal or metals from Group 1, Group 2, Group 3 or the lanthanide series of the periodic table, R is an A,.OMEGA.-dihalosubstituted paraffin such as 1,4-dibromobutane, Q is a neutral amine containing 5 or fewer carbon atoms such as 1-methylpyrrolidine and E is a framework element such as gallium. The process involves contacting a carbonaceous biomass feedstock with UZM-39 at pyrolysis conditions to produce pyrolysis gases comprising hydrocarbons. The catalyst catalyzes a deoxygenation reaction converting oxygenated hyrdocarbons into hydrocarbons removing the oxygen as carbon oxides and water. A portion of the pyrolysis gases is condensed to produce low oxygen biomass-derived pyrolysis oil.

  3. Catalytic pyrolysis using UZM-39 aluminosilicate zeolite

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    Nicholas, Christopher P; Boldingh, Edwin P

    2014-10-07

    A new family of coherently grown composites of TUN and IMF zeotypes has been synthesized and shown to be effective catalysts for catalytic pyrolysis of biomass. These zeolites are represented by the empirical formula. Na.sub.nM.sub.m.sup.n+R.sub.rQ.sub.qAl.sub.1-xE.sub.xSi.sub.yO.s- ub.z where M represents zinc or a metal or metals from Group 1, Group 2, Group 3 or the lanthanide series of the periodic table, R is an A,.OMEGA.-dihalosubstituted paraffin such as 1,4-dibromobutane, Q is a neutral amine containing 5 or fewer carbon atoms such as 1-methylpyrrolidine and E is a framework element such as gallium. The process involves contacting a carbonaceous biomass feedstock with UZM-39 at pyrolysis conditions to produce pyrolysis gases comprising hydrocarbons. The catalyst catalyzes a deoxygenation reaction converting oxygenated hydrocarbons into hydrocarbons and removing the oxygen as carbon oxides and water. A portion of the pyrolysis gases is condensed to produce low oxygen biomass-derived pyrolysis oil.

  4. Catalytic Preparation of Pyrrolidones from Renewable Resources

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    Frye, John G.; Zacher, Alan H.; Werpy, Todd A.; Wang, Yong

    2005-12-01

    Use of renewable resources for production of valuable chemical commodities is becoming a topic of great national interest and importance. This objective fits well with the USDOE’s objective of promoting the industrial bio-refinery concept in which a wide array of valuable chemical, fuel, food, nutraceuticals and animal feed products all result from the integrated processing of grains, oil seeds and other bio-mass materials. The bio-refinery thus serves to enhance the overall utility and profitability of the agriculture industry as well as helping to reduce the dependence on petroleum. Pyrrolidones fit well with the bio-refinery concept since they may be produced in a scheme beginning with the fermentation of a portion of the bio-refinery’s sugar product into succinate. Pyrrolidones are a class of industrially important chemicals with a variety of uses including as polymer intermediates, cleaners, and “green solvents” which can replace hazardous chlorinated compounds. Battelle has developed an efficient process for the thermo – catalytic conversion of succinate into pyrrolidones, especially n-methylpyrrolidone. The process uses both novel Rh based catalysts and novel aqueous process conditions and results in high selectivities and yields of pyrrolidone compounds. The process also includes novel methodology for enhancing yields by recycling and converting non-useful side products of the catalysis into additional pyrrolidone. The process has been demonstrated in both batch and continuous reactors. Additionally, stability of the unique Rh-based catalyst has been demonstrated.

  5. Efficiency of Capacitively Loaded Converters

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    Andersen, Thomas; Huang, Lina; Andersen, Michael A. E.;

    2012-01-01

    introduced as a definition of efficiency. The calculated and measured efficiency curves for charging DEAP actuator, polypropylene film capacitor and X7R MLCC are provided and compared. The attention has to be paid for the voltage dependent capacitive load, like X7R MLCC, when evaluating the charging......This paper explores the characteristic of capacitance versus voltage for dielectric electro active polymer (DEAP) actuator, 2kV polypropylene film capacitor as well as 3kV X7R multi layer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) at the beginning. An energy efficiency for capacitively loaded converters is...... polypropylene film capacitor can be the equivalent capacitive load. Because of the voltage dependent characteristic, X7R MLCC cannot be used to replace the DEAP actuator. However, this type of capacitor can be used to substitute the capacitive actuator with voltage dependent property at the development phase....

  6. Atmospheric methanol measurement using selective catalytic methanol to formaldehyde conversion

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    S. J. Solomon

    2005-05-01

    Full Text Available A novel atmospheric methanol measurement technique, employing selective gas-phase catalytic conversion of methanol to formaldehyde followed by detection of the formaldehyde product, has been developed and tested. The effects of temperature, gas flow rate, gas composition, reactor-bed length, and reactor-bed composition on the methanol conversion efficiency of a molybdenum-rich, iron-molybdate catalyst [Mo-Fe-O] were studied. Best results were achieved using a 1:4 mixture (w/w of the catalyst in quartz sand. Optimal methanol to formaldehyde conversion (>95% efficiency occurred at a catalyst housing temperature of 345°C and an estimated sample-air/catalyst contact time of <0.2 s. Potential interferences arising from conversion of methane and a number of common volatile organic compounds (VOC to formaldehyde were found to be negligible under most atmospheric conditions and catalyst housing temperatures. Using the new technique, atmospheric measurements of methanol were made at the University of Bremen campus from 1 to 15 July 2004. Methanol mixing ratios ranged from 1 to 5 ppb with distinct maxima at night. Formaldehyde mixing ratios, obtained in conjunction with methanol by periodically bypassing the catalytic converter, ranged from 0.2 to 1.6 ppb with maxima during midday. These results suggest that selective, catalytic methanol to formaldehyde conversion, coupled with existing formaldehyde measurement instrumentation, is an inexpensive and effective means for monitoring atmospheric methanol.

  7. Atmospheric methanol measurement using selective catalytic methanol to formaldehyde conversion

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    S. J. Solomon

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available A novel atmospheric methanol measurement technique, employing selective gas-phase catalytic conversion of methanol to formaldehyde followed by detection of the formaldehyde product, has been developed and tested. The effects of temperature, gas flow rate, gas composition, reactor-bed length, and reactor-bed composition on the methanol conversion efficiency of a molybdenum-rich, iron-molybdate catalyst [Mo-Fe-O] were studied. Best results were achieved using a 1:4 mixture (w/w of the catalyst in quartz sand. Optimal methanol to formaldehyde conversion (>95% efficiency occurred at a catalyst housing temperature of 345°C and an estimated sample-air/catalyst contact time of <0.2 seconds. Potential interferences arising from conversion of methane and a number of common volatile organic compounds (VOC to formaldehyde were found to be negligible under most atmospheric conditions and catalyst housing temperatures. Using the new technique, atmospheric measurements of methanol were made at the University of Bremen campus from 1 to 15 July 2004. Methanol mixing ratios ranged from 1 to 5 ppb with distinct maxima at night. Formaldehyde mixing ratios, obtained in conjunction with methanol by periodically bypassing the catalytic converter, ranged from 0.2 to 1.6 ppb with maxima during midday. These results suggest that selective, catalytic methanol to formaldehyde conversion, coupled with existing formaldehyde measurement instrumentation, is an inexpensive and effective means for monitoring atmospheric methanol.

  8. Catalytic properties of niobium compounds

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    The catalytic activity and selectivity of niobium compounds including oxides, salts, organometallic compounds and others are outlined. The application of these compounds as catalysts to diversified reactions is reported. The nature and action of niobium catalysts are characteristic and sometimes anomalous, suggesting the necessity of basic research and the potential use as catalysts for important processes in the chemical industry. (Author)

  9. Three-phase AC-AC power converters based on matrix converter topology matrix-reactance frequency converters concept

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    Szczesniak, Pawel

    2013-01-01

    AC voltage frequency changes is one of the most important functions of solid state power converters. The most desirable features in frequency converters are the ability to generate load voltages with arbitrary amplitude and frequency, sinusoidal currents and voltages waveforms; the possibility of providing unity power factor for any load; and, finally, a simple and compact power circuit. Over the past decades, a number of different frequency converter topologies have appeared in the literature, but only the converters with either a voltage or current DC link are commonly used in industrial app

  10. High performing and stable supported nano-alloys for the catalytic hydrogenation of levulinic acid to gamma-valerolactone

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    Luo, Wenhao; Meenakshisundaram, Sankar; Beale, Andrew M.; He, Qian; Kiely, Christopher J.; Bruijnincx, Pieter C. A.; Weckhuysen, Bert M.

    2015-01-01

    The catalytic hydrogenation of levulinic acid, a key platform molecule in many biorefinery schemes, into gamma-valerolactone is considered as one of the pivotal reactions to convert lignocellulose-based biomass into renewable fuels and chemicals. Here we report on the development of highly active, s

  11. Converting Relational Database Into Xml Document

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    Kanagaraj.S

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available XML (Extensible Markup Language is emerging and gradually accepted as the standard for data interchange in the Internet world. Interoperation of relational database and XML database involves schema and data translations. Through EER (extended entity relationship model can convert the schema of relational database into XML. The semantics of the relational database, captured in EER diagram, are mapped to XML schema using stepwise procedures and mapped to XML document under the definitions of the XML schema. Converting Relational Database into XML Document is a process of converting the existing databases into XML file format. Existing conversion techniques convert a single database into xml. The proposed approach performs the conversion of databases like Ms-Access, MS-SQL to XML file format. Read the tables information from the corresponding database and generate code for the appropriate databases and convert the tables into XML flat file format. This converted XML file is been presented to the user.

  12. Radiation-Tolerant DC-DC Converters

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    Skutt, Glenn; Sable, Dan; Leslie, Leonard; Graham, Shawn

    2012-01-01

    A document discusses power converters suitable for space use that meet the DSCC MIL-PRF-38534 Appendix G radiation hardness level P classification. A method for qualifying commercially produced electronic parts for DC-DC converters per the Defense Supply Center Columbus (DSCC) radiation hardened assurance requirements was developed. Development and compliance testing of standard hybrid converters suitable for space use were completed for missions with total dose radiation requirements of up to 30 kRad. This innovation provides the same overall performance as standard hybrid converters, but includes assurance of radiation- tolerant design through components and design compliance testing. This availability of design-certified radiation-tolerant converters can significantly reduce total cost and delivery time for power converters for space applications that fit the appropriate DSCC classification (30 kRad).

  13. Multilevel converters for 10 MW Wind Turbines

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    Ma, Ke; Blaabjerg, Frede

    2011-01-01

    Several promising multi-level converter configurations for 10 MW Wind Turbines both with direct drive and one-stage gear box drive using Permanent Magnet Synchronous Generator (PMSG) are proposed, designed and compared. Reliability is a crucial indicator for large scale wind power converters......, therefore the evaluations are mainly focused on the power device thermal performances, which are closely related to the life time and cost of the converter. Simulation results of different converter candidates regarding the loss and junction temperature are presented and analyzed. It is concluded that the...... three-level and five-level H-bridge converter topologies both have potential to achieve improved thermal performances compared to the three-level Neutral-Point-Clamped converter topology in the wind power application....

  14. Silicon waveguide based TE mode converter.

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    Zhang, Jing; Liow, Tsung-Yang; Yu, Mingbin; Lo, Guo-Qiang; Kwong, Dim-Lee

    2010-11-22

    A silicon waveguide based TE mode converter was designed for the mode conversion between a horizontal waveguide and vertical waveguide in the two-layer structure waveguide based polarization diversity circuit. The TE mode converter's performance was studied. The polarization mode converter with minimum length of 5 μm was demonstrated to provide the TE mode conversion while maintaining the polarization status. The insertion loss at the transition region was less than 2 dB. PMID:21164874

  15. Timing of Convertible Debt Financing and Investment

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    Kyoko Yagi; Ryuta Takashima; Hiroshi Takamori; Katsushige Sawaki

    2008-01-01

    In this paper, we examine the optimal investment policy of the firm which is financed by issuing equity, straight debt and convertible debt. We extend the model in Mauer and Sarkar (2005) over financing with convertible debt. We examine two different investment policies that maximize the equity value and the firm value and show the agency cost as the difference between each policy value. Furthermore, we investigate how the issuance of convertible debt affects investment.

  16. Efficient Implementation of Sample Rate Converter

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    Charanjit singh; Manjeet Singh patterh; Sanjay Sharma

    2011-01-01

    Within wireless base station system design, manufacturers continue to seek ways to add value and performance while increasing differentiation. Transmit/receive functionality has become an area of focus as designers attempt to address the need to move data from very high frequency sample rates to chip processing rates. Digital Up Converter (DUC) and Digital Down Converter (DDC) are used as sample rate converters. These are the important block in every digital communication system; hence there ...

  17. Regeneration of ZVS converter with Resonant inductor

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    J.Sivavara Prasad

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents an analysis of the regeneration of zero-voltage-switching converter with resonant inductor, quasi-resonant converters, and full-bridge zero-voltage-switched PWM Converter. The design of a clamping circuit considering a saturable resonant inductor is presented and compared with the design of a clamping circuit with a linear resonant inductor. A diode model with reverse recovery is employed to simulate the effects.

  18. Commutation Processes in Multiresonant ZVS Bridge Converter

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    Miroslaw Luft

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The analysis of the multiresonant ZVS DC/DC bridge converter is presented. The control system of the converter is basedon the method of frequency control at the constant time of transistor turn-off with a phase shift. The operation of the circuit is givenand the operating range of the converter is defined where ZVS switching operation is assured. Control characteristics are given andthe converter’s efficiency is defined. The circuit’s operation is analysed on the basis of results of the converter simulation tests using Simplorer programme.

  19. Incorporation of catalytic dehydrogenation into fischer-tropsch synthesis to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions

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    Huffman, Gerald P.

    2012-11-13

    A new method of producing liquid transportation fuels from coal and other hydrocarbons that significantly reduces carbon dioxide emissions by combining Fischer-Tropsch synthesis with catalytic dehydrogenation is claimed. Catalytic dehydrogenation (CDH) of the gaseous products (C1-C4) of Fischer-Tropsch synthesis (FTS) can produce large quantities of hydrogen while converting the carbon to multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT). Incorporation of CDH into a FTS-CDH plant converting coal to liquid fuels can eliminate all or most of the CO.sub.2 emissions from the water-gas shift (WGS) reaction that is currently used to elevate the H.sub.2 level of coal-derived syngas for FTS. Additionally, the FTS-CDH process saves large amounts of water used by the WGS reaction and produces a valuable by-product, MWCNT.

  20. CATALYTIC CONVERSION OF FORMIC ACID TO METHANOL WITH Cu AND Al UNDER HYDROTHERMAL CONDITIONS

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    Hansong Yao,

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Catalytic conversion of formic acid into methanol was investigated with Cu as a catalyst and Al as a reductant under hydrothermal conditions. It was found that formic acid can be converted into methanol by such means. The highest yield of methanol (30.4% was attained with a temperature of 300 °C and a reaction time of 9 h. The AlO(OH formed from Al oxidation may also play a catalytic role in the formation of methanol. This process may provide a promising solution to producing methanol from carbohydrate biomass combined with the process of converting the carbohydrate into formic acid, which is expected to emit no CO2.

  1. The problem of catalytic exhaust purification of diesel aggregates. Zur Frage der katalytischen Abgasreinigung von Dieselaggregaten

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    Rieckmann-Voelker, T.

    1993-01-01

    In the framwork of catalyst and filter development, 370 combinations of 17 different diesel soot filters and 10 catalytic converters with two different ways of charging and with three different fuel additives were investigated from the view of reaction technology. Non-isothermal, transient-state burn-up tests served to determine the kinetic parameters of soot combustion on the basis of CO[sub 2] production during combustion. Practical tests with the most active combinations of filter and catalytic converter showed that diesel soot can, in principle, be combusted as fast as it is deposited in the filter. A simple mathematical description shows that a critical minimum soot concentration is required for this. (orig./HW)

  2. Catalytically powered dynamic assembly of rod-shaped nanomotors and passive tracer particles

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    Wang, Wei; Duan, Wentao; Sen, Ayusman; Mallouk, Thomas E.

    2013-01-01

    Microscale catalyst particles suspended in fluids can convert the energy of chemical reactions that occur on their surfaces to movement. Collections of particles undergoing powered motion exhibit behavior that mimics living microparticles such as bacteria: swarming, predator–prey interactions, and chemotaxis. These behaviors originate from pairwise interactions of particles that so far have not been measured or understood. In this article, short-range attractive interactions of catalytic nano...

  3. Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis: A Review

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    Theodore Dickerson

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Catalytic pyrolysis is a promising thermochemical conversion route for lignocellulosic biomass that produces chemicals and fuels compatible with current, petrochemical infrastructure. Catalytic modifications to pyrolysis bio-oils are geared towards the elimination and substitution of oxygen and oxygen-containing functionalities in addition to increasing the hydrogen to carbon ratio of the final products. Recent progress has focused on both hydrodeoxygenation and hydrogenation of bio-oil using a variety of metal catalysts and the production of aromatics from bio-oil using cracking zeolites. Research is currently focused on developing multi-functional catalysts used in situ that benefit from the advantages of both hydrodeoxygenation and zeolite cracking. Development of robust, highly selective catalysts will help achieve the goal of producing drop-in fuels and petrochemical commodities from wood and other lignocellulosic biomass streams. The current paper will examine these developments by means of a review of existing literature.

  4. Dual-Bed Catalytic System for Direct Conversion of Methane to Liquid Hydrocarbons

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    N.A.S.Amin; Sriraj Ammasi

    2006-01-01

    A dual-bed catalytic system is proposed for the direct conversion of methane to liquid hydrocarbons. In this system, methane is converted in the first stage to oxidative coupling of methane (OCM) products by selective catalytic oxidation with oxygen over La-supported MgO catalyst. The second bed, comprising of the HZSM-5 zeolite catalyst, is used for the oligomerization of OCM light hydrocarbon products to liquid hydrocarbons. The effects of temperature (650-800 ℃), methane to oxygen ratio (4-10), and SiO2/Al2O3 ratio of the HZSM-5 zeolite catalyst on the process are studied. At higher reaction temperatures, there is considerable dealumination of HZSM-5, and thus its catalytic performance is reduced. The acidity of HZSM-5 in the second bed is responsible for the oligomerization reaction that leads to the formation of liquid hydrocarbons. The activities of the oligomerization sites were unequivocally affected by the SiO2/Al2O3 ratio. The relation between the acidity and the activity of HZSM-5 is studied by means of TPD-NH3 techniques. The rise in oxygen concentration is not beneficial for the C5+ selectivity, where the combustion reaction of intermediate hydrocarbon products that leads to the formation of carbon oxide (CO+CO2) products is more dominant than the oligomerization reaction. The dual-bed catalytic system is highly potential for directly converting methane to liquid fuels.

  5. Investigations for designing catalytic recombiners

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    In case of a severe accident in pressurised water reactors (PWR) a high amount of hydrogen up to about 20,000 m3 might be generated and released into the containments. The mixture consisting of hydrogen and oxygen may either burn or detonate, if ignited. In case of detonation the generated shock wave may endanger the components of the plant or the plant itself. Consequently, effective removal of hydrogen is required. The fact that hydrogen and oxygen react exo-thermally on catalytically acting surfaces already at low temperatures generating steam and heat is made use of in catalytic recombiners. They consist of substrates coated with catalyst (mainly platinum or palladium) which are arranged inside a casing. Being passively acting measures, recombiners do not need any additional energy supply. Experimental investigations on catalytic hydrogen recombination are conducted at FZJ (Forschungszentrum Juelich) using three test facilities. The results yield insight in the development potential of contemporary recombiner systems as well as of innovative systems. Detailed investigations on a recombiner section show strong temperature gradients over the surface of a catalytically coated sample. Dependent on the flow velocity, ignition temperature may be reached at the leading edge already at an inlet hydrogen concentration of about 5 vol.-%. The thermal strain of the substrate leads to considerable detachment of catalyst particles probably causing unintended ignition of the flammable mixture. Temperature peaks can be prevented effectively by leaving the first part of the plate uncoated. In order to avoid overheating of the catalyst elements of a recombiner even at high hydrogen concentrations a modular system of porous substrates is proposed. The metallic substrates are coated with platinum at low catalyst densities thus limiting the activity of the single specimen. A modular arrangement of these elements provides high recombination rates over a large hydrogen concentration

  6. Power Electronics Converters for Wind Turbine Systems

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    Blaabjerg, Frede; Liserre, Marco; Ma, Ke

    2012-01-01

    . In this paper, power converter technologies are reviewed with focus on existing ones and on those that have potential for higher power but which have not been yet adopted due to the important risk associated with the high-power industry. The power converters are classified into single- and multicell topologies......, but continuously cost and reliability are important issues to be addressed....

  7. Passive Resonant Bidirectional Converter with Galvanic Barrier

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    Rosenblad, Nathan S. (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    A passive resonant bidirectional converter system that transports energy across a galvanic barrier includes a converter using at least first and second converter sections, each section including a pair of transfer terminals, a center tapped winding; a chopper circuit interconnected between the center tapped winding and one of the transfer terminals; an inductance feed winding interconnected between the other of the transfer terminals and the center tap and a resonant tank circuit including at least the inductance of the center tap winding and the parasitic capacitance of the chopper circuit for operating the converter section at resonance; the center tapped windings of the first and second converter sections being disposed on a first common winding core and the inductance feed windings of the first and second converter sections being disposed on a second common winding core for automatically synchronizing the resonant oscillation of the first and second converter sections and transferring energy between the converter sections until the voltage across the pairs of transfer terminals achieves the turns ratio of the center tapped windings.

  8. Modeling and Simulation of Matrix Converter

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    Liu, Fu-rong; Klumpner, Christian; Blaabjerg, Frede

    2005-01-01

    This paper discusses the modeling and simulation of matrix converter. Two models of matrix converter are presented: one is based on indirect space vector modulation and the other is based on power balance equation. The basis of these two models is• given and the process on modeling is introduced in...

  9. High Precision Current Measurement for Power Converters

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    Bastos, M. Cerqueira

    2016-01-01

    The accurate measurement of power converter currents is essential to controlling and delivering stable and repeatable currents to magnets in particle accelerators. This paper reviews the most commonly used devices for the measurement of power converter currents and discusses test and calibration methods.

  10. Power Converters Secure Electronics in Harsh Environments

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    2013-01-01

    In order to harden power converters for the rigors of space, NASA awarded multiple SBIR contracts to Blacksburg, Virginia-based VPT Inc. The resulting hybrid DC-DC converters have proven valuable in aerospace applications, and as a result the company has generated millions in revenue from the product line and created four high-tech jobs to handle production.

  11. Switched-mode converters (one quadrant)

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    Barrade, P

    2006-01-01

    Switched-mode converters are DC/DC converters that supply DC loads with a regulated output voltage, and protection against overcurrents and short circuits. These converters are generally fed from an AC network via a transformer and a conventional diode rectifier. Switched-mode converters (one quadrant) are non-reversible converters that allow the feeding of a DC load with unipolar voltage and current. The switched-mode converters presented in this contribution are classified into two families. The first is dedicated to the basic topologies of DC/DC converters, generally used for low- to mid-power applications. As such structures enable only hard commutation processes, the main drawback of such topologies is high commutation losses. A typical multichannel evolution is presented that allows an interesting decrease in these losses. Deduced from this direct DC/DC converter, an evolution is also presented that allows the integration of a transformer into the buck and the buck–boost structure. This enables an int...

  12. Convertible Bonds: Default Risk and Uncertain Volatility

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    Huang, Haishi

    2009-01-01

    Within a default intensity approach we discuss the optimal exercise of the callable and convertible bonds. Pricing bounds for convertible bonds are derived in an uncertain volatility model, i.e. when the volatility of the stock price process lies between two extreme values.

  13. Present trends in HVDC converter station design

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    Carlsson, Lennart; Asplund, Gunnar; Bjorklund, Hans; Flisberg, Gunnar [ABB Power Systems AB, Ludvika (Sweden)

    1994-12-31

    HVDC converter station technology has developed rapidly to satisfy increasing requirements during past 10 - 15 years, but there has not been any dramatic changes since thyristor valves were introduced in the mid 70s. This paper describes some recent and expected future developments, that will substantiality change and simplify future converter stations. (author) 4 refs., 7 figs.

  14. Underwater noise from a wave energy converter

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    Tougaard, Jakob

    A recent addition to the anthropogenic sources of underwater noise is offshore wave energy converters. Underwater noise was recorded from the Wavestar wave energy converter located at Hastholm, Denmark (57°7.73´N, 8°37.23´E). The Wavestar is a full-scale test and demonstration converter of the ab...... to affect seals and porpoises cannot be generalised. Nevertheless, the results clearly demonstrate that it is possible to harvest wave energy in a way which does not add substantially to the increasing levels of anthropogenic noise in the ocean.......A recent addition to the anthropogenic sources of underwater noise is offshore wave energy converters. Underwater noise was recorded from the Wavestar wave energy converter located at Hastholm, Denmark (57°7.73´N, 8°37.23´E). The Wavestar is a full-scale test and demonstration converter...... of the absorber type. During recordings the converter was operating close to maximum power output (nominal capacity of 110 kW). During operation the independently operating absorbers float semi-submerged in the water and wave-generated up-and-down motion is converted into hydraulic pressure by means of pistons...

  15. Spatial resolution of plastic scintillation converter

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    The authors obtain point- and line-scattering functions and a modulation-transfer function for scintillation plates on a polystyrene base used as converters of x-ray images by optical transfer by means of an objective. For x-ray energies of 1-8 MeV, the spatial resolution of the converter is 2.5-1.0 mm-1

  16. Utilization of Nonlinear Converters for Audio Amplification

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    Iversen, Niels; Birch, Thomas; Knott, Arnold

    2012-01-01

    introduction of non-linear converters for audio amplication defeats this limitation. A Cuk converter, designed to deliver an AC peak output voltage twice the supply voltage, is presented in this paper. A 3V prototype has been developed to prove the concept. The prototype shows that it is possible to achieve an...

  17. 3 SC for grid connected converters

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    Balogh, A.; Varga, E.; Varjasi, I. [Budapest Univ. of Technology and Economics, Budapest (Hungary). Dept. of Automation and Applied Informatics

    2008-07-01

    There are several grid connected converters in the modern grid system. They are usually converters for renewable energy sources, industrial 4 quadrant drives and other converters with direct current link. These converters are connected to the grid using a 3 phase bridge. Standards dictate the maximal harmonic emission and the maximal reactive current for the grid connected converters. For a converter working at nominal power, this means close to unity power factor. The harmonic emission could be limited with high switching frequency and/or with large harmonic filters. Additional financial issues are the efficiency, the small size and weight. Hardware solutions for increasing efficiency are being sought, although the energy required, especially the renewable energy, is expensive. Efficiency is one of the most important parameters of a grid connected system. The paper discussed the structure of the converter, standard control strategies, the three state control (3SC) method, and power factor correction with 3SC. Experimental results were also presented. It was concluded that with the new developed discontinuous current control, a high efficiency and reliable grid connected converter could be created, which satisfies the prescriptions and limitations of the standards. The auxiliary RPC control could make both inductive and capacitive reactive power and is able to inject current harmonics into the grid compensating the distortion of the grid voltage. 12 refs., 2 tabs.

  18. Feasibility of converting lactic acid to ethanol in food waste fermentation by immobilized lactate oxidase

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    Highlights: • Residue lactic acid in food waste could be converted to pyruvic acid. • Calcium alginate immobilized the lactate oxidase with high pH and thermal stability. • Immobilized enzyme could convert 70% lactic acid to pyruvic acid. • Ethanol yield could be increased by 20% with lactate oxidase added. - Abstract: Adoption of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) into ethanol fermentation from food waste can replace the sterilization process. However, LAB inoculation will convert part of the substrate into lactic acid (LA), not ethanol. This study adopted lactate oxidase to convert the produced LA to pyruvate, and then ethanol fermentation was carried out. The immobilization enzyme was utilized, and corresponding optimum conditions were determined. Results showed that calcium alginate could successfully immobilize the enzyme and improve pH and thermal stability. The optimum pH and temperature were 6.2 and 55 °C, respectively. The utilization of immobilized enzyme with catalytic time of 5 h could convert 70% LA to pyruvate, and the addition of enzyme increased the ethanol yield by 20% more than that of the control. The process could be applied in food waste storage and can help in reducing carbon source consumption

  19. 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.

  20. SPECTRAL ANALYSIS OF BUCK AND SEPIC CONVERTERS

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    CHAKIB ALAOUI

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Switched mode power converters generate harmonic currents, which will be injected into the utility grid, causing distortion of the utility waveform. They also become a source for the generation of EMI, which may affect the communication systems. This work is about the design and evaluation of the two most frequently used SMPS used in step down mode of operation: the Buck converter and the Sepic converter working in step-down mode of operation. These converters were designed using optimized equations for their components ratings. Simulation results show that although the Buck output voltage is low in harmonics, it has high harmonic contents in currents circulating in its inductor and diode, and hence requires strong filtering. The Sepic converterhas lower harmonic contents than the Buck converter.

  1. Switched Mode Four-Quadrant Converters

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    Thurel, Y

    2015-01-01

    This paper was originally presented at CAS-2004, and was slightly modified for CAS-2014. It presents a review of the key parameters that impact the design choices for a true four-quadrant power converter, in the range 1-10 kW, mainly based on switching mode converter topology. This paper will first describe the state-of-the-art for this power converter family, giving the drawbacks and advantages of different possible solutions. It will also present practical results obtained from the CERN-designed converter. It will finally give some important tips regarding critical phases like test one, when conducting a project dealing with this type of power converter.

  2. Qualitative model of a plasma photoelectric converter

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    Gorbunov, N. A.; Flamant, G.

    2009-01-01

    A converter of focused optical radiation into electric current is considered on the basis of the photovoltaic effect in plasmas. The converter model is based on analysis of asymmetric spatial distributions of charge particle number density and ambipolar potential in the photoplasma produced by external optical radiation focused in a heat pipe filled with a mixture of alkali vapor and a heavy inert gas. Energy balance in the plasma photoelectric converter is analyzed. The conditions in which the external radiation energy is effectively absorbed in the converter are indicated. The plasma parameters for which the energy of absorbed optical radiation is mainly spent on sustaining the ambipolar field in the plasma are determined. It is shown that the plasma photoelectric converter makes it possible to attain a high conversion efficiency for focused solar radiation.

  3. PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS OF 2D CONVERTER BY COMBINING SR & KY CONVERTERS

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    V. Manoj Kumar

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Most of the portable equipments use battery as power source. The increasing use of low voltage portable devices and growing requirements of functionalities embedded into such devices. Thus an efficient power management technique is needed for longer battery life for them. Highly variable nature of batteries systems often require supply voltages to be both higher and lower than the battery. This is most efficiently generated by a buck-boost switching converter. But here the converter efficiency is decreased since the power loss occurs in the storage devices. Step by step, process of designing, feedback control and simulation of a novel voltage-buck boost converter, combining KY and synchronous Rectifier buck converter for battery power applications. Unlike the traditional buck–boost converter, this converter has the positive output voltage and system is stable, different from the negative output voltage and low stable of the traditional inverting buck–boost converters. Since such a converter operates in continuous conduction mode. Also it possesses the non-pulsating output current, thereby not only decreasing the current stress on the output capacitor but also reducing the output voltage ripple. Both the KY converter and the synchronous buck converter, combined into a positive buck– boost converter, uses the same power switches. Here it makes the circuit to be compact and the corresponding cost to be down. Voltage conversion ratio is 2D,so it is also called 2D converter.

  4. Boost matrix converters in clean energy systems

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    Karaman, Ekrem

    This dissertation describes an investigation of novel power electronic converters, based on the ultra-sparse matrix topology and characterized by the minimum number of semiconductor switches. The Z-source, Quasi Z-source, Series Z-source and Switched-inductor Z-source networks were originally proposed for boosting the output voltage of power electronic inverters. These ideas were extended here on three-phase to three-phase and three-phase to single-phase indirect matrix converters. For the three-phase to three-phase matrix converters, the Z-source networks are placed between the three-switch input rectifier stage and the output six-switch inverter stage. A brief shoot-through state produces the voltage boost. An optimal pulse width modulation technique was developed to achieve high boosting capability and minimum switching losses in the converter. For the three-phase to single-phase matrix converters, those networks are placed similarly. For control purposes, a new modulation technique has been developed. As an example application, the proposed converters constitute a viable alternative to the existing solutions in residential wind-energy systems, where a low-voltage variable-speed generator feeds power to the higher-voltage fixed-frequency grid. Comprehensive analytical derivations and simulation results were carried out to investigate the operation of the proposed converters. Performance of the proposed converters was then compared between each other as well as with conventional converters. The operation of the converters was experimentally validated using a laboratory prototype.

  5. Modelling of procecces in catalytic recombiners

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    In order to achieve a high degree of safety in nuclear power plants and prevent possible accident scenarios, their consequences are calculated and analysed with numeric codes. One of the most important part of nuclear safety research of hazardous incidents are development and validation of these numeric models, which are implemented into accident codes. The severe hydrogen release during a core meltdown is one of the considered scenario of performed accident analyses. One of the most important measure for the elimination of the hydrogen is catalytic recombiners. Converting the hydrogen with the atmospheric oxygen to water vapor in an exothermic reaction will prevent possible detonation of the hydrogen/air atmosphere. Within the dissertation the recombiner simulation REKO-DIREKT was developed and validated by an extensive experimental database. The performance of recombiners with regard to the conversion of the hydrogen and the temperature development is modelled. The REKO-DIREKT program is unique and has made significant revolution in research of hydrogen safety. For the first time it has been possible to show the performance of the recombiner so great in detail by using REKO-DIREKT. In the future engineers of nuclear power plants will have opportunity to have precise forecasts about the process of the possible accidents with hydrogen release. Also with presence of water vapor or with oxygen depletion which are included in the model. The major discussion of the hydrogen ignition at hot catalyst steel plates can be evaluated in the future with REKO-DIREKT more reliably than the existing used models. (orig.)

  6. Catalytic Preparation of Pyrrolidones from Renewable Resources

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    Frye, John G.; Zacher, Alan H.; Werpy, Todd A.; Wang, Yong

    2005-06-01

    Abstract Use of renewable resources for production of valuable chemical commodities is becoming a topic of great national interest and importance. This objective fits well with the U.S. DOE’s objective of promoting the industrial bio-refinery concept in which a wide array of valuable chemical, fuel, food, nutraceuticals, and animal feed products all result from the integrated processing of grains, oil seeds, and other bio-mass materials. The bio-refinery thus serves to enhance the overall utility and profitability of the agriculture industry as well as helping to reduce the USA’s dependence on petroleum. Pyrrolidones fit well into the bio-refinery concept since they may be produced in a scheme beginning with the fermentation of a portion of the bio-refinery’s sugar product into succinate. Pyrrolidones are a class of industrially important chemicals with a variety of uses including polymer intermediates, cleaners, and “green solvents” which can replace hazardous chlorinated compounds. Battelle has developed an efficient process for the thermo-catalytic conversion of succinate into pyrrolidones, especially n-methyl-2-pyrrolidone. The process uses both novel Rh based catalysts and novel aqueous process conditions and results in high selectivities and yields of pyrrolidone compounds. The process also includes novel methodology for enhancing yields by recycling and converting non-useful side products of the catalysis into additional pyrrolidone. The process has been demonstrated in both batch and continuous reactors. Additionally, stability of the unique Rh-based catalyst has been demonstrated.

  7. Catalytic Gasification of Lignocellulosic Biomass

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    Chodimella, V.P.; Seshan, K.; Schlaf, Marcel; Zhang, Z. Conrad

    2015-01-01

    Gasification of lignocellulosic biomass has attracted substantial current research interest. Various possible routes to convert biomass to fuels have been explored. In the present chapter, an overview of the gasification processes and their possible products are discussed. Gasification of solid biom

  8. Electromagnetic Compatibility of Matrix Converter System

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    S. Fligl

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available The presented paper deals with matrix converters pulse width modulation strategies design with emphasis on the electromagnetic compatibility. Matrix converters provide an all-silicon solution to the problem of converting AC power from one frequency to another, offering almost all the features required of an ideal static frequency changer. They possess many advantages compared to the conventional voltage or current source inverters. A matrix converter does not require energy storage components as a bulky capacitor or an inductance in the DC-link, and enables the bi-directional power flow between the power supply and load. The most of the contemporary modulation strategies are able to provide practically sinusoidal waveforms of the input and output currents with negligible low order harmonics, and to control the input displacement factor. The perspective of matrix converters regarding EMC in comparison with other types of converters is brightly evident because it is no need to use any equipment for power factor correction and current and voltage harmonics reduction. Such converter with proper control is properly compatible both with the supply mains and with the supplied load. A special digital control system was developed for the realized experimental test bed which makes it possible to achieve greater throughput of the digital control system and its variability.

  9. Propagation characteristics of converted refracted wave and its application in static correction of converted wave

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    2008-01-01

    Three-component seismic exploration through P-wave source and three-component geophone is an effective technique used in complicated reservoir exploration. In three-component seismic exploration data processing,one of the difficulties is static correction of converted wave. This paper analyzes propagation characteristics of non-converted and converted refracted waves,and discovers a favor-able condition for the formation of converted refracted wave,i.e. the velocity of overlaying medium S wave is much lower than that of underlying medium S wave. In addition,the paper proposes the static correction method of converted wave based on PPS converted refracted wave,and processes the real three-component seismic data with better results of static correction of converted wave.

  10. Application of AGPU for Matrix Converters

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    Nithin T Abraham

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available A simple PI control loop for the matrix converter system is designed in the simulation to maintain a constant output voltage inspite of any disturbance in the source. The single phase matrix converter employs a modified safe-commutation strategy, which results in the elimination of voltage spikes on switches, without the need of a snubber circuit when there is an inductive load being utilized. This is facilitated through the proper switching control algorithm. The sine PWM pulses are generated as switching pulses to the converter to reduce the THD.

  11. Matrix laser IR-visible image converter

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    A new type of a focal matrix IR-visible image converter is proposed. The pixel IR detectors of the matrix are tunable microcavities of VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface emitting laser) semiconductor microstructures. The image conversion is performed due to the displacements of highly reflecting cavity mirrors caused by thermoelastic stresses in their microsuspensions appearing upon absorption of IR radiation. Analysis of the possibilities of the converter shows that its sensitivity is 10-3-10-2 K and the time response is 10-4-10-3 s. These characteristics determine the practical application of the converter. (laser applications and other topics in quantum electronics)

  12. Selective harmonic control for power converters

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    Zhou, Keliang; Yang, Yongheng; Blaabjerg, Frede; Lu, Wenzhou; Danwei, Wang

    This paper proposes an Internal Model Principle (IMP) based Selective Harmonic Controller (SHC) for power converters. The proposed SHC offers an optimal control solution for power converters to mitigate power harmonics. It makes a good trade-off among cost, complexity and performance. It has high...... accuracy and fast transient response, and it is cost-effective, easy for real-time implementation, and compatible for design rules-of-thumb. An application on a three-phase PWM converter has confirmed the effectiveness of the proposed control scheme in terms of harmonic mitigation....

  13. Field Data Logger Prototype for Power Converters

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    Chaudhary, Sanjay; Ghimire, Pramod; Thøgersen, Paul Bach; de Place Rimmen, Peter

    2014-01-01

    Mission profile data is very important for the cost effective and reliable design of power converters. The converter design can be improved on the basis of actual field data. Actual mission profile data can be collected for the power converters using field data loggers over a long period of time...... and subsequent analysis of the data. This paper presents the development of a low cost prototype field data logger prototype using Raspberry PI and industrial sensors. The functionalities of the data logger prototype are described. An online rainflow count algorithm has been implemented as well....

  14. Studies on Catalytic Pyrolysis of Daqing Atmospheric Residue

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    孟祥海; 徐春明; 张倩; 高金森

    2004-01-01

    Catalytic pyrolysis of Daqing atmospheric residue on catalyst CEP-1 was investigated in a confined fluidized bed reactor. The results show that reaction temperature, the mass ratios of catalyst to oil and steam to oil have significant effects on product distribution and yields of light olefins. The yields of light olefins show the maxima with the increase of reaction temperature, the mass ratios of catalyst to oil and steam to oil, respectively. The optimized operating conditions were determined in the laboratory, and under that condition the yields of ethylene, propylene and total light olefins by mass were 15.9%, 20.7% and 44.3% respectively. The analysis of pyrolysis gas and pyrolysis liquid indicates that CEP-1 has good capacity of converting heavy oils into light olefins, and there is a large amount of aromatics in pyrolysis liquid.

  15. Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by catalytic processes

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    Catalytic technologies for the abatement of greenhouse gases (GGs) can be an effective possibility for limiting the increasing tropospheric concentration of GGs and reducing their contribution to global warming. Two different cases are discussed: (1) reduction of anthropogenic emissions of non-CO2 GGs (N2O and CH4) and (2) reduction or conversion of CO2. In methane conversion waste gases containing diluted methane can be converted at low temperature using Pd supported on titania-ceria catalysts which show also a good resistance to deactivation. Rh supported on modified zirconia-alumina catalysts are effective and stable catalysts in low temperature decomposition of N2O. The concept of reduction of CO2 back to fuels in a photo-electrocatalytic reactor is also presented

  16. Catalytic conversion of methane: Carbon dioxide reforming and oxidative coupling

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    Takanabe, Kazuhiro

    2012-01-01

    Natural gas conversion remains one of the essential technologies for current energy needs. This review focuses on the mechanistic aspects of the development of efficient and durable catalysts for two reactions, carbon dioxide reforming and the oxidative coupling of methane. These two reactions have tremendous technological significance for practical application in industry. An understanding of the fundamental aspects and reaction mechanisms of the catalytic reactions reviewed in this study would support the design of industrial catalysts. CO 2 reforming of methane utilizes CO 2, which is often stored in large quantities, to convert as a reactant. Strategies to eliminate carbon deposition, which is the major problem associated with this reaction, are discussed. The oxidative coupling of methane directly produces ethylene in one reactor through a slightly exothermic reaction, potentially minimizing the capital cost of the natural gas conversion process. The focus of discussion in this review will be on the attainable yield of C 2 products by rigorous kinetic analyses.

  17. Ex-Situ Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis Technology Pathway

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    Biddy, Mary J.; Dutta, Abhijit; Jones, Susanne B.; Meyer, Pimphan A.

    2013-03-31

    In support of the Bioenergy Technologies Office, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are undertaking studies of biomass conversion technologies to hydrocarbon fuels to identify barriers and target research toward reducing conversion costs. Process designs and preliminary economic estimates for each of these pathway cases were developed using rigorous modeling tools (Aspen Plus and Chemcad). These analyses incorporated the best information available at the time of development, including data from recent pilot and bench-scale demonstrations, collaborative industrial and academic partners, and published literature and patents. This pathway case investigates converting woody biomass using ex-situ catalytic fast pyrolysis followed by upgrading to gasoline , diesel and jet range blendstocks . Technical barriers and key research needs that should be pursued for this pathway to be competitive with petroleum-derived blendstocks have been identified.

  18. In-Situ Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis Technology Pathway

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    Biddy, Mary J.; Dutta, Abhijit; Jones, Susanne B.; Meyer, Pimphan A.

    2013-03-31

    In support of the Bioenergy Technologies Office, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are undertaking studies of biomass conversion technologies to hydrocarbon fuels to identify barriers and target research toward reducing conversion costs. Process designs and preliminary economic estimates for each of these pathway cases were developed using rigorous modeling tools (Aspen Plus and Chemcad). These analyses incorporated the best information available at the time of development, including data from recent pilot and bench-scale demonstrations, collaborative industrial and academic partners, and published literature and patents. This pathway case investigates converting woody biomass using in-situ catalytic fast pyrolysis followed by upgrading to gasoline, diesel, and jet range blendstocks. Technical barriers and key research needs that should be pursued for this pathway to be competitive with petroleum-derived blendstocks have been identified.

  19. Kinetics of heterogeneous catalytic reactions

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    Boudart, Michel

    2014-01-01

    This book is a critical account of the principles of the kinetics of heterogeneous catalytic reactions in the light of recent developments in surface science and catalysis science. Originally published in 1984. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase acc

  20. Studies of Catalytic Model Systems

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    Holse, Christian

    the Cu/ZnO nanoparticles is highly relevant to industrial methanol synthesis for which the direct interaction of Cu and ZnO nanocrystals synergistically boost the catalytic activity. The dynamical behavior of the nanoparticles under reducing and oxidizing environments were studied by means of ex situ...... observed by XPS as the nanoparticles are reduced. The Cu/ZnO nanoparticles are tested on a  µ-reactor platform and prove to be active towards methanol synthesis, making it an excellent model system for further investigations into activity depended morphology changes....

  1. Catalytic Spectrophotometric Determination of Chromium

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    STOYANOVA, Angelina Miltcheva

    2005-01-01

    The catalytic effect of chromium(III) and chromium(VI) on the oxidation of sulfanilic acid by hydrogen peroxide was studied. The reaction was followed spectrophotometrically by measuring the absorbance of the reaction product at 360 nm. Under the optimum conditions 2 calibration graphs (for chromium(III) up to 100 ng mL-1, and for chromium(VI) up to 200 ng mL-1) were obtained, using the ``fixed time'' method with detection limits of 4.9 ng mL-1 and 3.8 ng mL-1, respectively...

  2. Energy saving dc-dc converter circuit

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    An energy saving dc-dc converter circuit is disclosed having two energy efficient means which operate in tandem, an energy conserving means and a voltage doubling means. These energy efficient means are applied in combination with elements commonly found in dc-dc converter circuits, namely an ac voltage generator, a transformer for stepping up the generated ac voltage, and means for storing the converted dc voltage. The energy conserving means is connected to the dc voltage storage means. It comprises a resettable inhibit circuit which cuts off the provision of dc voltage for conversion for a predetermined interval when the output of the converter exceeds a predetermined level. The voltage doubling means is reponsive to outputs of the inhibit circuit of the energy conserving means and the ac voltage generator. It provides a phase inverted waveform of the generated ac voltage on one of two leads to the ac voltage step-up transformer

  3. Reliability of power electronic converter systems

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    Chung, Henry Shu-hung; Blaabjerg, Frede; Pecht, Michael

    2016-01-01

    This book outlines current research into the scientific modeling, experimentation, and remedial measures for advancing the reliability, availability, system robustness, and maintainability of Power Electronic Converter Systems (PECS) at different levels of complexity.

  4. Nanostructured Catalytic Reactors for Air Purification Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This SBIR Phase II project proposes the development of lightweight compact nanostructured catalytic reactors for air purification from toxic gaseous organic...

  5. Nanostructured Catalytic Reactors for Air Purification Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This SBIR Phase I project proposes the development of lightweight compact nanostructured catalytic reactors for air purification from toxic gaseous organic...

  6. Metal Chlorides in Ionic Liquid Solvents Convert Sugars to 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural

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    Zhao, Haibo; Holladay, John E.; Brown, Heather M.; Zhang, Z. Conrad

    2007-06-15

    Sugars were converted to hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) at high yield in ionic liquids without the addition of Bronsted acids. Very small amount of certain metal halides significantly reduced the fructose dehydration barrier in ionic liquids producing HMF at high yields. Most remarkably, glucose, a common sugar molecule, was selectively converted to HMF in good yield in ionic liquids containing a small amount of CrCl2. Thus CrCl2 is unique among metal chlorides tested for its effectiveness in both isomerizing glucose as well as dehydrating fructose. Only negligble amount of levulinic acid was formed in the reactions. The catalytic activity of metal chlorides for sugar conversion in ionic liquids is perhaps related to hydroxyl group of the sugar forming metal complexes with the unsaturated metal center.

  7. Switching power converters medium and high power

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    Neacsu, Dorin O

    2013-01-01

    An examination of all of the multidisciplinary aspects of medium- and high-power converter systems, including basic power electronics, digital control and hardware, sensors, analog preprocessing of signals, protection devices and fault management, and pulse-width-modulation (PWM) algorithms, Switching Power Converters: Medium and High Power, Second Edition discusses the actual use of industrial technology and its related subassemblies and components, covering facets of implementation otherwise overlooked by theoretical textbooks. The updated Second Edition contains many new figures, as well as

  8. Convertible Bonds: Risks and Optimal Strategies

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    Huang, Haishi

    2009-01-01

    Within the structural approach for credit risk models we discuss the optimal exercise of the callable and convertible bonds. The Vasi˘cek–model is applied to incorporate interest rate risk into the firm’s value process which follows a geometric Brownian motion. Finally, we derive pricing bounds for convertible bonds in an uncertain volatility model, i.e. when the volatility of the firm value process lies between two extreme values.

  9. Spatial resolution of plastic scintillation converter

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    Gladchenko, V.L.; Gorbunov, V.V.

    1986-05-01

    The authors obtain point- and line-scattering functions and a modulation-transfer function for scintillation plates on a polystyrene base used as converters of x-ray images by optical transfer by means of an objective. For x-ray energies of 1-8 MeV, the spatial resolution of the converter is 2.5-1.0 mm/sup -1/.

  10. Optimal control of wave energy converters

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    Bacelli, Giorgio

    2014-01-01

    Wave Energy Converters (WECs) are devices designed to absorb energy from ocean waves. The particular type of Wave Energy Converter (WEC) considered in this thesis is an oscillating body; energy conversion is carried out by means of a structure immersed in water which oscillates under forces exerted by waves. This thesis addresses the control of oscillating body WECs and the objective of the control system is to optimise the motion of the devices that maximises the energy absorp...

  11. Mathematical efficiency modeling of static power converters

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    Hoff Dupont, Fabrício; Zaragoza Bertomeu, Jordi; Rech, Cassiano; Pinheiro, José Renes

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents a review and a comparative analysis between mathematical models for the efficiency of power converters. Two different types of models are considered, being one for converters subject solely for output power variations, and a second one also considering input voltage variations. Both cases are particularly important for systems fed by renewable sources as photovoltaic panels or wind turbines. Knowledge of the appropriate models is of interest in the dev...

  12. Resonant Wave Energy Converters: Concept development

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    The Resonant Wave Energy Converter (REWEC) is a device for converting sea wave energy to electrical energy. It belongs to the family of Oscillating Water Columns and is composed by an absorbing chamber connected to the open sea via a vertical duct. The paper gives a holistic view on the concept development of the device, starting from its implementation in the context of submerged breakwaters to the recently developed vertical breakwaters.

  13. AC – AC Converters for UPS

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    Rusalin Lucian R. Păun

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper propose a new control technique forsingle – phase AC – AC converters used for a on-line UPSwith a good dynamic response, a reduced-partscomponents, a good output characteristic, a good powerfactorcorrection(PFC. This converter no needs anisolation transformer. A power factor correction rectifierand an inverter with the proposed control scheme has beendesigned and simulated using Caspoc2007, validating theconcept.

  14. A Multiport Isolated DC-DC Converter

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    Tran, Yan-Kim; Dujic, Drazen

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents a multi-port isolated DC-DC converter for DC applications. A three-port structure is presented, characterized with full bidirectional power flow and simple control. Galvanic isolation is achieved by means of a multi-winding medium frequency transformer which is a part of a resonant LLC converter. To provide controllable power exchange with external DC ports, two out of three ports are equipped with additional bidirectional buck/boost stages. They serve to provide active po...

  15. Three-phase Resonant DC-link Converter

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    Munk-Nielsen, Stig

    The purpose of the project is to develop a three-phase resonant converter suitable for standard speed drives. The motivation for working with resonant converters is found in the problem of the standard converter type used today. In standard converter type Pulse Width Modulated-Voltage Source...... frequency three phase parallel resonant converter is realized....

  16. From waste to energy -- Catalytic steam gasification of broiler litter

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    Jones, J.A.; Sheth, A.C.

    1999-07-01

    In 1996, the production of broiler chickens in the US was approximately 7.60 billion head. The quantity of litter generated is enormous. In 1992, the Southeast region alone produced over five million tons of broiler litter. The litter removed from the broiler houses is rich in nutrients and often spread over land as a fertilizer. Without careful management, the associated agricultural runoff can cause severe environmental damage. With increasing broiler litter production, the implementation of alternative disposal technologies is essential to the sustainable development of the poultry industry. A process originally developed for the conversion of coals to clean gaseous fuel may provide an answer. Catalytic steam gasification utilities an alkali salt catalyst and steam to convert a carbonaceous feedstock to a gas mixture composed primarily of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, hydrogen, and methane. The low to medium energy content gas produced may be utilized as an energy source or chemical feedstock. Broiler litter is an attractive candidate for catalytic steam gasification due to its high potassium content. Experiments conducted in UTSI's bench-scale high-pressure fixed bed gasifier have provided data for technical and economic feasibility studies of the process. Experiments have also been performed to examine the effects of temperature, pressure, and additional catalysts on the gasification rate.

  17. Catalytic hydrolysis for the degradation of organophosphorus pesticides in water

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    The kinetic studies of catalytic hydrolysis revealed that the concentration of two kinds of organophosphorus pesticides (omethoate and methidathion) in solution apparently decays according to the second order reaction. It was found that the rate constant value was highest at strong acidic conditions and it continued to decrease as the pH of the solution was increased. At basic conditions the rate constant value decreased to minimum. Manganese dioxide under acidic conditions converted into Mn/sup 2+/ ions and then these ions in water form hexaaquomanganese (II) ion. This hexaaquomanganese (II ion then adsorbed itself on the S or O atom of the organophosphorus compound and thus weakens the bond between P-S. This reaction facilitated the attack of H/sub 2/O or OH/sup -/ ion and thus enhanced the efficiency of hydrolysis. It was studied that methidathion hydrolyzed more efficiently than omethoate The rate constants of catalytic hydrolysis were increased with increasing the amount of MnO/sub 2/. It was found that the pesticides had undergone adsorption on catalyst in the first few minutes and there was the rapid drop of total phosphorus concentration. The decrease of total phosphorus adsorption with increasing pH was also observed. After the addition of alkaline earth metal cations (Ca/sup 2+/ and Mg/sup 2+/) along with magnesium, the enhancement in the efficiency of hydrolysis at near neutral conditions occurred. (author)

  18. Catalytic removal of carbon monoxide over carbon supported palladium catalyst

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    Highlights: ► Carbon supported palladium (Pd/C) catalyst was prepared. ► Catalytic removal of CO over Pd/C catalyst was studied under dynamic conditions. ► Effects of Pd %, CO conc., humidity, GHSV and reaction environment were studied. - Abstract: Carbon supported palladium (Pd/C) catalyst was prepared by impregnation of palladium chloride using incipient wetness technique, which was followed by liquid phase reduction with formaldehyde. Thereafter, Pd/C catalyst was characterized using X-ray diffractometery, scanning electron microscopy, atomic absorption spectroscopy, thermo gravimetry, differential scanning calorimetry and surface characterization techniques. Catalytic removal of carbon monoxide (CO) over Pd/C catalyst was studied under dynamic conditions. Pd/C catalyst was found to be continuously converting CO to CO2 through the catalyzed reaction, i.e., CO + 1/2O2 → CO2. Pd/C catalyst provided excellent protection against CO. Effects of palladium wt%, CO concentration, humidity, space velocity and reaction environment were also studied on the breakthrough behavior of CO.

  19. LHC Power Converters: A Precision Game

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    The LHC test-bed, String 2, is close to commissioning and one important element to get a first chance to prove what it can do is the power converter system. In String 2 there are 16 converters, in the full LHC there will be almost 1800. This article takes a look at what is so special about the power converters for the LHC. The 13 000 Amps power converters with the watercooled cables going to the String 2 feedboxes. The LHC's superconducting magnets will be the pinnacle of high technology. But to work, they'll need the help of high-precision power converters to supply them with extremely stable DC current. Perfection will be the name of the game, with an accuracy of just 1-2 parts per million (ppm) required. LEP, for the sake of comparison, could live with 10-20 ppm. The LHC's power converters will be very different from those of LEP or the SPS since the new accelerator's magnets are mostly superconducting. That means that they require much higher currents at a lower voltage since superconductors have no re...

  20. Design of fission neutron converter in HFETR

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    In order to increase local fast neutron fluence rate in High Flux Engineering Test Reactor (HFETR), the fission neutron converter adopted the crisscross fuel rod whose fuel pellet was made of high fission density alloy UMo with 7% Mo. 62 fuel rods in the converter were arranged with triangle dot-matrix between outer tube with diameter of 6.3 mm and inner tube with diameter of 24 mm. And the converter has an irradiation hole with diameter of 20 mm in the center. The calculation result with MCNP shows that fast neutron (E>1 MeV) fluence rate of irradiated samples in the converter can achieve up to 3.34 × 1014 cm-2·s-1, which is about 40% higher than that in the HFETR core at the same position without converter. On the other hand, under the condition of design flow velocity and pressure, the analysis results with ANSYS/CFX show that the maximum permission power can reach 2.4 MW and the maximum power density of fuel pellet is S. 007 kW/cm3. Here, the cladding temperature of the fuel rod is 193.6 ℃, and the converter can fulfill the requirement of thermal-hydraulic design criteria of HFETR and flow instability will not occur. (authors)

  1. Performance and Analysis of Modular Multilevel Converter

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    T.Yuvaraja

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The Modular Multilevel Converter (MMC represents an emerging topology with a scalable technology making high voltage and power capability possible. The MMC is built up by identical, but individually controllable sub modules. The Modular Multilevel Converter (MMC is a new topology for multilevel converters with potential for medium voltage and high voltage applications. Equivalent Circuit models and dynamic models for the MMC that provide a faithful representation of system behavior are quite complex given the large number of energy states and control variables. They are not particularly useful in studying the terminal behavior of the converter and for the development of an intuitive control approach to regulate power transfer. A control scheme with a new sub module capacitor voltage balancing method is also proposed in this paper. Modular multilevel converters, based on cascading of half bridge converter cells, can combine low switching frequency with low harmonic interference. They can be designed for high operating voltages without direct series connection of semiconductor element

  2. Catalytic reforming feed characterisation technique

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    Larraz Mora, R.; Arvelo Alvarez, R. [Univ. of La Laguna, Chemical Engineering Dept., La Laguna (Spain)

    2002-09-01

    The catalytic reforming of naphtha is one of the major refinery processes, designed to increase the octane number of naphtha or to produce aromatics. The naphtha used as catalytic reformer feedstock usually contains a mixture of paraffins, naphthenes, and aromatics in the carbon number range C{sub 6} to C{sub 10}. The detailed chemical composition of the feed is necessary to predict the aromatics and hydrogen production as well as the operation severity. The analysis of feed naphtha is usually reported in terms of its ASTM distillation curve and API or specific gravity. Since reforming reactions are described in terms of lumped chemical species (paraffins, naphthenes and aromatics), a feed characterisation technique should be useful in order to predict reforming operating conditions and detect feed quality changes. Unfortunately online analyzer applications as cromatography or recently introduced naphtha NMR [1] are scarce in most of refineries. This work proposes an algorithmic characterisation method focusing on its main steps description. The method could help on the subjects previously described, finally a calculation example is shown. (orig.)

  3. Effects of electric current upon catalytic steam reforming of biomass gasification tar model compounds to syngas

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    Highlights: • ECR technique was proposed to convert biomass gasification tar model compounds. • Electric current enhanced the reforming efficiency remarkably. • The highest toluene conversion reached 99.9%. • Ni–CeO2/γ-Al2O3 exhibited good stability during the ECR performance. - Abstract: Electrochemical catalytic reforming (ECR) technique, known as electric current enhanced catalytic reforming technique, was proposed to convert the biomass gasification tar into syngas. In this study, Ni–CeO2/γ-Al2O3 catalyst was prepared, and toluene was employed as the major feedstock for ECR experiments using a fixed-bed lab-scale setup where thermal electrons could be generated and provided to the catalyst. Several factors, including the electric current intensity, reaction temperature and steam/carbon (S/C) ratio, were investigated to reveal their effects on the conversion of toluene as well as the composition of the gas products. Moreover, toluene, two other tar model compounds (benzene and 1-methylnaphthalene) and real tar (tar-containing wastewater) were subjected to the long period catalytic stability tests. All the used catalysts were analyzed to determine their carbon contents. The results indicated that the presence of electric current enhanced the catalytic performance remarkably. The toluene conversion reached 99.9% under the electric current of 4 A, catalytic temperature of 800 °C and S/C ratio of 3. Stable conversion performances of benzene, 1-methylnaphthalene and tar-containing wastewater were also observed in the ECR process. H2 and CO were the major gas products, while CO2 and CH4 were the minor ones. Due to the promising capability, the ECR technique deserves further investigation and application for efficient tar conversion

  4. Understanding catalytic biomass conversion through data mining

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    E.J. Ras; B. McKay; G. Rothenberg

    2010-01-01

    Catalytic conversion of biomass is a key challenge that we chemists face in the twenty-first century. Worldwide, research is conducted into obtaining bulk chemicals, polymers and fuels. Our project centres on glucose valorisation via furfural derivatives using catalytic hydrogenation. We present her

  5. A New Hard Switching Bidirectional Converter With High Power Density

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    Bahador Fani; Majid Delshad; Daryoosh Nazarpour

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, a new isolated dc-dc bidirectional converter is proposed. This converter consists of two transformers (flyback and forward) and only one switch in primary side and one switch in secondary side of transformers. In this converter energy transfers to the output in both on and off switch states so power density of this converter is high This converter controlled by PWM signal. Also this converter operates over a wide input voltage range. Theoretical analysis is presented and compu...

  6. Silver nanocluster catalytic microreactors for water purification

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    Da Silva, B.; Habibi, M.; Ognier, S.; Schelcher, G.; Mostafavi-Amjad, J.; Khalesifard, H. R. M.; Tatoulian, M.; Bonn, D.

    2016-07-01

    A new method for the elaboration of a novel type of catalytic microsystem with a high specific area catalyst is developed. A silver nanocluster catalytic microreactor was elaborated by doping a soda-lime glass with a silver salt. By applying a high power laser beam to the glass, silver nanoclusters are obtained at one of the surfaces which were characterized by BET measurements and AFM. A microfluidic chip was obtained by sealing the silver coated glass with a NOA 81 microchannel. The catalytic activity of the silver nanoclusters was then tested for the efficiency of water purification by using catalytic ozonation to oxidize an organic pollutant. The silver nanoclusters were found to be very stable in the microreactor and efficiently oxidized the pollutant, in spite of the very short residence times in the microchannel. This opens the way to study catalytic reactions in microchannels without the need of introducing the catalyst as a powder or manufacturing complex packed bed microreactors.

  7. Selective catalytic oxidation of ammonia

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    Leppaelahti, J.; Koljonen, T. [VTT Energy, Espoo (Finland)

    1996-12-31

    In the combustion of fossil fuels, the principal source of nitrogen oxides is nitrogen bound in the fuel structure. In gasification, a large part of fuel nitrogen forms NH{sub 3}, which may form nitrogen oxides during gas combustion. If NH{sub 3} and other nitrogen species could be removed from hot gas, the NO emission could be considerably reduced. However, relatively little attention has been paid to finding new means of removing nitrogen compounds from the hot gasification gas. The possibility of selectively oxidizing NH{sub 3} to N{sub 2} in the hot gasification has been studied at VTT Energy. The largest NH{sub 3} reductions have been achieved by catalytic oxidation on aluminium oxides. (author) (4 refs.)

  8. Catalytic hydrogenation of carbon monoxide

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    Focus of this project is on developing new approaches for hydrogenation of carbon monoxide to produce organic oxygenates at mild conditions. The strategies to accomplish CO reduction are based on favorable thermodynamics manifested by rhodium macrocycles for producing a series of intermediates implicated in the catalytic hydrogenation of CO. Metalloformyl complexes from reactions of H2 and CO, and CO reductive coupling to form metallo α-diketone species provide alternate routes to organic oxygenates that utilize these species as intermediates. Thermodynamic and kinetic-mechanistic studies are used in guiding the design of new metallospecies to improve the thermodynamic and kinetic factors for individual steps in the overall process. Electronic and steric effects associated with the ligand arrays along with the influences of the reaction medium provide the chemical tools for tuning these factors. Non-macrocyclic ligand complexes that emulate the favorable thermodynamic features associated with rhodium macrocycles, but that also manifest improved reaction kinetics are promising candidates for future development

  9. Catalytic Graphitization of Phenolic Resin

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    Mu Zhao; Huaihe Song

    2011-01-01

    The catalytic graphitization of thermal plastic phenolic-formaldehyde resin with the aid of ferric nitrate (FN) was studied in detail. The morphologies and structural features of the products including onion-like carbon nanoparticles and bamboo-shaped carbon nanotubes were investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy measurements. It was found that with the changes of loading content of FN and residence time at 1000℃, the products exhibited various morphologies. The TEM images showed that bamboo-shaped carbon nanotube consisted of tens of bamboo sticks and onion-like carbon nanoparticle was made up of quasi-spherically concentrically closed carbon nanocages.

  10. Non-catalytic recuperative reformer

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    Khinkis, Mark J.; Kozlov, Aleksandr P.; Kurek, Harry

    2015-12-22

    A non-catalytic recuperative reformer has a flue gas flow path for conducting hot flue gas from a thermal process and a reforming mixture flow path for conducting a reforming mixture. At least a portion of the reforming mixture flow path is embedded in the flue gas flow path to permit heat transfer from the hot flue gas to the reforming mixture. The reforming mixture flow path contains substantially no material commonly used as a catalyst for reforming hydrocarbon fuel (e.g., nickel oxide, platinum group elements or rhenium), but instead the reforming mixture is reformed into a higher calorific fuel via reactions due to the heat transfer and residence time. In a preferred embodiment, extended surfaces of metal material such as stainless steel or metal alloy that are high in nickel content are included within at least a portion of the reforming mixture flow path.

  11. Fluctuations in catalytic surface reactions

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    Imbihl, R

    2003-01-01

    The internal reaction-induced fluctuations which occur in catalytic CO oxidation on a Pt field emitter tip have been studied using field electron microscopy (FEM) as a spatially resolving method. The structurally heterogeneous Pt tip consists of facets of different orientations with nanoscale dimensions. The FEM resolution of roughly 2 nm corresponds to a few hundred reacting adsorbed particles whose variations in the density are imaged as brightness fluctuations. In the bistable range of the reaction one finds fluctuation-induced transitions between the two stable branches of the reaction kinetics. The fluctuations exhibit a behaviour similar to that of an equilibrium phase transition, i.e. the amplitude diverges upon approaching the bifurcation point terminating the bistable range of the reaction. Simulations with a hybrid Monte Carlo/mean-field model reproduce the experimental observations. Fluctuations on different facets are typically uncorrelated but within a single facet a high degree of spatial cohere...

  12. Catalytic, enantioselective, vinylogous aldol reactions.

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    Denmark, Scott E; Heemstra, John R; Beutner, Gregory L

    2005-07-25

    In 1935, R. C. Fuson formulated the principle of vinylogy to explain how the influence of a functional group may be felt at a distant point in the molecule when this position is connected by conjugated double-bond linkages to the group. In polar reactions, this concept allows the extension of the electrophilic or nucleophilic character of a functional group through the pi system of a carbon-carbon double bond. This vinylogous extension has been applied to the aldol reaction by employing "extended" dienol ethers derived from gamma-enolizable alpha,beta-unsaturated carbonyl compounds. Since 1994, several methods for the catalytic, enantioselective, vinylogous aldol reaction have appeared, with which varying degrees of regio- (site), enantio-, and diastereoselectivity can be attained. In this Review, the current scope and limitations of this transformation, as well as its application in natural product synthesis, are discussed. PMID:15940727

  13. Electrochemical promotion of catalytic reactions

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    Imbihl, R.

    2010-05-01

    The electrochemical promotion of heterogeneously catalyzed reactions (EPOC) became feasible through the use of porous metal electrodes interfaced to a solid electrolyte. With the O 2- conducting yttrium stabilized zirconia (YSZ), the Na + conducting β″-Al 2O 3 (β-alumina), and several other types of solid electrolytes the EPOC effect has been demonstrated for about 100 reaction systems in studies conducted mainly in the mbar range. Surface science investigations showed that the physical basis for the EPOC effect lies in the electrochemically induced spillover of oxygen and alkali metal, respectively, onto the surface of the metal electrodes. For the catalytic promotion effect general concepts and mechanistic schemes were proposed but these concepts and schemes are largely speculative. Applying surface analytical tools to EPOC systems the proposed mechanistic schemes can be verified or invalidated. This report summarizes the progress which has been achieved in the mechanistic understanding of the EPOC effect.

  14. Ac-dc converter firing error detection

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    Each of the twelve Booster Main Magnet Power Supply modules consist of two three-phase, full-wave rectifier bridges in series to provide a 560 VDC maximum output. The harmonic contents of the twelve-pulse ac-dc converter output are multiples of the 60 Hz ac power input, with a predominant 720 Hz signal greater than 14 dB in magnitude above the closest harmonic components at maximum output. The 720 Hz harmonic is typically greater than 20 dB below the 500 VDC output signal under normal operation. Extracting specific harmonics from the rectifier output signal of a 6, 12, or 24 pulse ac-dc converter allows the detection of SCR firing angle errors or complete misfires. A bandpass filter provides the input signal to a frequency-to-voltage converter. Comparing the output of the frequency-to-voltage converter to a reference voltage level provides an indication of the magnitude of the harmonics in the ac-dc converter output signal

  15. The evolution of catalytic function

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    Maurel, Marie-Christine; Ricard, Jacques

    2006-03-01

    It is very likely that the main driving force of enzyme evolution is the requirement to improve catalytic and regulatory efficiency which results from the intrinsic performance as well as from the spatial and functional organization of enzymes in living cells. Kinetic co-operativity may occur in simple monomeric proteins if they display “slow” conformational transitions, at the cost of catalytic efficiency. Oligomeric enzymes on the other hand can be both efficient and co-operative. We speculate that the main reason for the emergence of co-operative oligomeric enzymes is the need for catalysts that are both cooperative and efficient. As it is not useful for an enzyme to respond to a change of substrate concentration in a complex kinetic way, the emergence of symmetry has its probable origin in a requirement for “functional simplicity”. In a living cell, enzyme are associated with other macromolecules and membranes. The fine tuning of their activity may also be reached through mutations of the microenvironment. Our hypothesis is that these mutations are related to the vectorial transport of molecules, to achieve the hysteresis loops of enzyme reactions generated by the coupling of reaction and diffusion, through the co-operativity brought about by electric interactions between a charged substrate and a membrane, and last but not least, through oscillations. As the physical origins of these effects are very simple and do not require complex molecular devices, it is very likely that the functional advantage generated by the spatial and functional organization of enzyme molecules within the cell have appeared in prebiotic catalysis or very early during the primeval stages of biological evolution. We shall began this paper by presenting the nature of the probable earliest catalysts in the RNA world.

  16. Relative Catalytic Efficiency of ldhL- and ldhD-Encoded Products Is Crucial for Optical Purity of Lactic Acid Produced by Lactobacillus Strains

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    Zheng, Zhaojuan; Sheng, Binbin; Ma, Cuiqing; Zhang, Haiwei; Gao, Chao; Su, Fei; Xu, Ping

    2012-01-01

    NAD-dependent l- and d-lactate dehydrogenases coexist in Lactobacillus genomes and may convert pyruvic acid into l-lactic acid and d-lactic acid, respectively. Our findings suggest that the relative catalytic efficiencies of ldhL- and ldhD-encoded products are crucial for the optical purity of lactic acid produced by Lactobacillus strains.

  17. TRANC – a novel fast-response converter to measure total reactive atmospheric nitrogen

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    V. Wolff

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The input and loss of plant available nitrogen (reactive nitrogen: Nr from/to the atmosphere can be an important factor for the productivity of ecosystems and thus for its carbon and greenhouse gas exchange. We present a novel converter for reactive nitrogen (TRANC: Total Reactive Atmospheric Nitrogen Converter, which offers the opportunity to quantify the sum of all airborne reactive nitrogen compounds (∑Nr in high time resolution. The basic concept of the TRANC is the full conversion of all Nr to nitrogen monoxide (NO within two reaction steps. Initially, reduced Nr compounds are being oxidised, and oxidised Nr compounds are thermally converted to lower oxidation states. Particulate Nr is being sublimated and oxidised or reduced afterwards. In a second step, remaining higher nitrogen oxides or those generated in the first step are catalytically converted to NO with carbon monoxide used as reduction gas. The converter is combined with a fast response chemiluminescence detector (CLD for NO analysis and its performance was tested for the most relevant gaseous and particulate Nr species under both laboratory and field conditions. Recovery rates during laboratory tests for NH3 and NO2 were found to be 95 and 99%, respectively, and 97% when the two gases were combined. In-field longterm stability over an 11-month period was approved by a value of 91% for NO2. Effective conversion was also found for ammonium and nitrate containing particles. The recovery rate of total ambient Nr was tested against the sum of individual measurements of NH3, HNO3, HONO, NH4+, NO3−, and NOx using a combination of different well-established devices. The results show that the TRANC-CLD system precisely captures fluctuations in ∑Nr concentrations and also matches the sum of all individual Nr compounds measured by the different single techniques. The TRANC features a specific design with very short distance between the sample air inlet and the place where the thermal

  18. An integrated system of gasoline reformer and three way converter for on-board hydrogen production

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    On-board exhaust gas assisted gasoline reforming has been investigated using a compact prototype system consisting of a fuel reformer integrated with a three way catalytic converter (TWC) connected to a V6 engine running at homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) mode, the integrated fuel reformer and TWC were designed and constructed to supply reformed exhaust gas recirculation (REGR) stream to the gasoline-fuelled HCCI V6 engine as supplement fuel to improve engine performance and reduce NOx emissions. To find the optimum operating conditions of the engine-reformer system (in terms of hydrogen production and thermal efficiency), the effect of oxygen to carbon ratio (O2/C) in the reactor input mixture, and the different engine operating conditions were investigated. The reactor outlet temperature appears to be strongly correlated to the production of hydrogen, concentrations up to 12.8% of hydrogen in the reformer products were achieved from commercial unleaded gasoline. Uncompleted reforming of gasoline was assumed from significant quantities of hydrocarbons in the product measured by Non-Dispersive Infrared (NDIR). This novel design of an integrated fuel reformer and three-way catalytic converter (TWC) that can be fitted in the EGR loop was applied to extend the lower boundary of the (HCCI) operating window.(author)

  19. High Efficiency Reversible Fuel Cell Power Converter

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    Pittini, Riccardo

    traditional unidirectional fuel cell, bidirectional fuel cells have increased operating voltage and current ranges. These characteristics increase the stresses on dc-dc and dc-ac converters in the electrical system, which require proper design and advanced optimization. This work is part of the PhD project......The large scale integration of renewable energy sources requires suitable energy storage systems to balance energy production and demand in the electrical grid. Bidirectional fuel cells are an attractive technology for energy storage systems due to the high energy density of fuel. Compared to...... entitled "High Efficiency Reversible Fuel Cell Power Converter" and it presents the design of a high efficiency dc-dc converter developed and optimized for bidirectional fuel cell applications. First, a brief overview of fuel cell and energy storage technologies is presented. Different system topologies as...

  20. Metamaterial polarization converter analysis: limits of performance

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    Markovich, Dmitry L.; Andryieuski, Andrei; Zalkovskij, Maksim;

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we analyze the theoretical limits of a metamaterial-based converter with orthogonal linear eigenpolarizations that allow linear-to-elliptical polarization transformation with any desired ellipticity and ellipse orientation. We employ the transmission line approach providing a needed...... a single layer with a ground plane can have 100 % polarization conversion efficiency. We tested our conclusions numerically reaching the designated limits of efficiency using a simple metamaterial design. Our general analysis provides useful guidelines for the metamaterial polarization converter...... level of the design generalization. Our analysis reveals that the maximal conversion efficiency for transmission through a single metamaterial layer is 50 %, while the realistic reflection configuration can give the conversion efficiency up to 90 %. We show that a double layer transmission converter and...

  1. Self-oscillating resonant power converter

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    2014-01-01

    The present invention relates to resonant power converters and inverters comprising a self-oscillating feedback loop coupled from a switch output to a control input of a switching network comprising one or more semiconductor switches. The self-oscillating feedback loop sets a switching frequency of...... the power converter and comprises a first intrinsic switch capacitance coupled between a switch output and a control input of the switching network and a first inductor. The first inductor is coupled in-between a first bias voltage source and the control input of the switching network and has a...... substantially fixed inductance. The first bias voltage source is configured to generate an adjustable bias voltage applied to the first inductor. The output voltage of the power converter is controlled in a flexible and rapid manner by controlling the adjustable bias voltage....

  2. Reliability of Power Electronic Converter Systems

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    The main aims of power electronic converter systems (PECS) are to control, convert, and condition electrical power flow from one form to another through the use of solid-state electronics. This book outlines current research into the scientific modeling, experimentation, and remedial measures...... for advancing the reliability, availability, system robustness, and maintainability of PECS at different levels of complexity. Drawing on the experience of an international team of experts, this book explores the reliability of PECS covering topics including an introduction to reliability engineering in power......-link capacitance in power electronic converter systems; wind turbine systems; smart control strategies for improved reliability of power electronics system; lifetime modelling; power module lifetime test and state monitoring; tools for performance and reliability analysis of power electronics systems; fault...

  3. SIG Galileo final converter technical summary report

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    The report is primarily concerned with the work performed for DOE on converter development and fabrication for the NASA Galileo Jupiter mission as a DOE prime contractor with interface primarily with Teledyne Energy Systems. The activities reported on were directed toward design, analysis and testing of modules and converters SN-1 thru SN-7 and attendant Quality Control and Reliability effort. Although assembly and testing of SN-1 was not accomplished due to the stop work order, the design was virtually completed and a significant amount of subcontracting and manufacturing of both module and converter components was underway. These subcontracting and manufacturing activities were selectively closed down depending upon degree of completion and material or hardware potential usage in the Technology Program

  4. Revolutionary systems for catalytic combustion and diesel catalytic particulate traps.

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    Stuecker, John Nicholas; Witze, Peter O.; Ferrizz, Robert Matthew; Cesarano, Joseph, III; Miller, James Edward

    2004-12-01

    This report is a summary of an LDRD project completed for the development of materials and structures conducive to advancing the state of the art for catalyst supports and diesel particulate traps. An ancillary development for bio-medical bone scaffolding was also realized. Traditionally, a low-pressure drop catalyst support, such as a ceramic honeycomb monolith, is used for catalytic reactions that require high flow rates of gases at high-temperatures. A drawback to the traditional honeycomb monoliths under these operating conditions is poor mass transfer to the catalyst surface in the straight-through channels. ''Robocasting'' is a unique process developed at Sandia National Laboratories that can be used to manufacture ceramic monoliths with alternative 3-dimensional geometries, providing tortuous pathways to increase mass transfer while maintaining low-pressure drops. These alternative 3-dimensional geometries may also provide a foundation for the development of self-regenerating supports capable of trapping and combusting soot particles from a diesel engine exhaust stream. This report describes the structures developed and characterizes the improved catalytic performance that can result. The results show that, relative to honeycomb monolith supports, considerable improvement in mass transfer efficiency is observed for robocast samples synthesized using an FCC-like geometry of alternating rods. Also, there is clearly a trade-off between enhanced mass transfer and increased pressure drop, which can be optimized depending on the particular demands of a given application. Practical applications include the combustion of natural gas for power generation, production of syngas, and hydrogen reforming reactions. The robocast lattice structures also show practicality for diesel particulate trapping. Preliminary results for trapping efficiency are reported as well as the development of electrically resistive lattices that can regenerate the structure

  5. Single phase AC-DC power factor corrected converter with high frequency isolation using buck converter

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    R. Ramesh,

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Single phase ac-dc converters having high frequency isolation are implemented in buck, boost, buck-boost configuration with improving the power quality in terms of reducing the harmonics of input current. The paperpropose the circuit configuration, control mechanism, and simulation result for the single phase ac-dc converter.

  6. Dual Converter Fed Open-End Transformer Topology with Parallel Converters and Integrated Magnetics

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    Gohil, Ghanshyamsinh Vijaysinh; Bede, Lorand; Teodorescu, Remus;

    2016-01-01

    A converter system for high power applications, connected to a medium-voltage network using a stepup transformer, is presented in this paper. The converterside winding of the transformer is configured as an openend and both the ends of the windings are fed from two different converter groups. Each...

  7. Solar energy converter using surface plasma waves

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    Anderson, L. M. (Inventor)

    1984-01-01

    Sunlight is dispersed over a diffraction grating formed on the surface of a conducting film on a substrate. The angular dispersion controls the effective grating period so that a matching spectrum of surface plasmons is excited for parallel processing on the conducting film. The resulting surface plasmons carry energy to an array of inelastic tunnel diodes. This solar energy converter does not require different materials for each frequency band, and sunlight is directly converted to electricity in an efficient manner by extracting more energy from the more energetic photons.

  8. SP-100 converter multicouple thermoelectric cell

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    The General Electric Company is under contract to DOE to design, fabricate, and test an SP-100 Ground Engineering System. This paper provides a description of the SP-100 space reactor power system configuration, and a more detailed description of the power conversion subsystem (PCSS) and the key building block of the power converter, the thermoelectric cell. The functions of the various elements of the PCSS and the cells are also presented. These cells convert the thermal energy from the reactor into electrical power at the desired voltage while being conductively coupled to the hot and cold side heat exchangers to maximize the power output and system specific power

  9. Efficient polarization converter for projection displays.

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    Yip, W C; Huang, H C; Kwok, H S

    1997-09-01

    In the waveguiding limit, a twisted nematic liquid crystal cell behaves as an achromatic polarization rotator. We propose and demonstrate the application of such a polarization rotator to convert unpolarized light into linearly polarized light with almost 100% efficiency. This polarization converter has a 2:1 aspect ratio, which is close to the 16:9 ratio for modern televisions. It can be used therefore in a projection display with polarization-dependent light valves such as a liquid crystal light valve. Both transmittive and reflective light valves can be used. The temperature dependence of the achromatic polarization rotator is also studied. PMID:18259503

  10. Magneto-hydrodynamic converter with liquid metal

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    The magneto-hydrodynamic converter with liquid metal contains a source of heat, a two phase nozzle, a separator, a liquid diffuser, a liquid metal cooler, a magneto-hydrodynamic generator and means for heating and compressing a liquid coming from the cooler, which are hydraulically connected and in sequence, and which form a closed circuit. A diffuser and a condenser which are hydraulically connected together, are connected between the separator and the means for heating and compressing the liquid metal coming from the cooler. The magneto-hydrodynamic converter with liquid metal can be used to genrate electricity in thermal and nuclear powerstations. (orig.)

  11. All linear optical devices are mode converters

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    Miller, David A. B.

    2012-01-01

    We show that every linear optical component can be completely described as a device that converts one set of orthogonal input modes, one by one, to a matching set of orthogonal output modes. This result holds for any linear optical structure with any specific variation in space and/or time of its structure. There are therefore preferred orthogonal "mode converter" basis sets of input and output functions for describing any linear optical device, in terms of which the device can be described b...

  12. Combination solar photovoltaic heat engine energy converter

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    Chubb, Donald L.

    1987-01-01

    A combination solar photovoltaic heat engine converter is proposed. Such a system is suitable for either terrestrial or space power applications. The combination system has a higher efficiency than either the photovoltaic array or the heat engine alone can attain. Advantages in concentrator and radiator area and receiver mass of the photovoltaic heat engine system over a heat-engine-only system are estimated. A mass and area comparison between the proposed space station organic Rankine power system and a combination PV-heat engine system is made. The critical problem for the proposed converter is the necessity for high temperature photovoltaic array operation. Estimates of the required photovoltaic temperature are presented.

  13. Efficient modelling of a modular multilevel converter

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    El-Khatib, Walid Ziad; Holbøll, Joachim; Rasmussen, Tonny Wederberg

    2013-01-01

    Looking at the near future, we see that offshore wind penetration into the electrical grid will continue increasing rapidly. Until very recently, the trend has been to place the offshore wind farms close to shore within the reach for transmission using HVAC cables but for larger distances HVDC...... calculated for the converter. Time-domain simulations on a MMC HVDC test system are performed in the PSCAD/EMTDC software environment based on the new model. The results demonstrate that the modeled MMC-HVDC system with or without converter transformer is able to operate under specific fault conditions....

  14. Performance Evaluation of Wave Energy Converters

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    Pecher, Arthur

    prototypes. Guidelines for the development of wave energy converters recommend the use of different prototypes, having different sizes, which have to perform tank tests or sea trials. Thisimplicates the need of different testing environment, which shifts from being controllable to uncontrollable with the...... development stages, and results thereby in a need for specific testobjectives and procedures for each development stage. This PhD thesis has looked into the different development stages and more specifically in the performance assessment of wave energy converters based on tank testing and sea trials. The...

  15. Performance Evaluation of Wave Energy Converters

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    Pecher, Arthur

    prototypes. Guidelines for the development of wave energy converters recommend the use of different prototypes, having different sizes, which have to perform tank tests or sea trials. This implicates the need of different testing environment, which shifts from being controllable to uncontrollable with the...... development stages, and results thereby in a need for specific test objectives and procedures for each development stage. This PhD thesis has looked into the different development stages and more specifically in the performance assessment of wave energy converters based on tank testing and sea trials. The...

  16. Structure-based identification of catalytic residues.

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    Yahalom, Ran; Reshef, Dan; Wiener, Ayana; Frankel, Sagiv; Kalisman, Nir; Lerner, Boaz; Keasar, Chen

    2011-06-01

    The identification of catalytic residues is an essential step in functional characterization of enzymes. We present a purely structural approach to this problem, which is motivated by the difficulty of evolution-based methods to annotate structural genomics targets that have few or no homologs in the databases. Our approach combines a state-of-the-art support vector machine (SVM) classifier with novel structural features that augment structural clues by spatial averaging and Z scoring. Special attention is paid to the class imbalance problem that stems from the overwhelming number of non-catalytic residues in enzymes compared to catalytic residues. This problem is tackled by: (1) optimizing the classifier to maximize a performance criterion that considers both Type I and Type II errors in the classification of catalytic and non-catalytic residues; (2) under-sampling non-catalytic residues before SVM training; and (3) during SVM training, penalizing errors in learning catalytic residues more than errors in learning non-catalytic residues. Tested on four enzyme datasets, one specifically designed by us to mimic the structural genomics scenario and three previously evaluated datasets, our structure-based classifier is never inferior to similar structure-based classifiers and comparable to classifiers that use both structural and evolutionary features. In addition to the evaluation of the performance of catalytic residue identification, we also present detailed case studies on three proteins. This analysis suggests that many false positive predictions may correspond to binding sites and other functional residues. A web server that implements the method, our own-designed database, and the source code of the programs are publicly available at http://www.cs.bgu.ac.il/∼meshi/functionPrediction. PMID:21491495

  17. Development of Catalytic Cooking Plates

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    Hjelm, Anna-Karin; Silversand, Fredrik [CATATOR AB, Lund (Sweden); Tena, Emmanuel; Berger, Marc [Gaz de France (France)

    2004-04-01

    Gas catalytic combustion for gas stoves or cooking plates (closed catalytic burner system with ceramic plates) is a very promising technique in terms of ease of cleaning, power modulation and emissions. Previous investigations show that wire mesh catalysts, prepared and supplied by Catator AB (CAT), seem to be very well suited for such applications. Beside significantly reducing the NOx-emissions, these catalysts offer important advantages such as good design flexibility, low pressure drop and high heat transfer capacity, where the latter leads to a quick thermal response. Prior to this project, Gaz de France (GdF) made a series of measurements with CAT's wire mesh catalysts in their gas cooking plates and compared the measured performance with similar results obtained with theirs cordierite monolith catalysts. Compared to the monolith catalyst, the wire mesh catalyst was found to enable very promising results with respect to both emission levels (<10 mg NO{sub x} /kWh, <5 mg CO/kWh) and life-time (>8000 h vs. 700 h at 200 kW/m{sup 2}). It was however established that the radiation and hence, the thermal efficiency of the cooking plate, was significantly less than is usually measured in combination with the monolith (15 % vs. 32 %). It was believed that the latter could be improved by developing new burner designs based on CAT's wire mesh concept. As a consequence, a collaboration project between GdF, CAT and the Swedish Gas Technology AB was created. This study reports on the design, the construction and the evaluation of new catalytic burners, based on CAT's wire mesh catalysts, used for the combustion of natural gas in gas cooking stoves. The evaluation of the burners was performed with respect to key factors such as thermal efficiency, emission quality and pressure drop, etc, by the use of theoretical simulations and experimental tests. Impacts of parameters such as the the wire mesh number, the wire mesh structure (planar or folded), the

  18. Effects of low-temperature catalytic pretreatments on coal structure and reactivity in liquefaction

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    Song, C.; Saini, A.; Huang, L.; Wenzel, K.; Hatcher, P.G.; Schobert, H.H.

    1992-01-01

    Low-temperature catalytic pretreatment is a promising approach to the development of an improved liquefaction process. This work is a fundamental study on effects of pretreatments on coal structure and reactivity in liquefaction. The main objectives of this project are to study the coal structural changes induced by low-temperature catalytic and thermal pretreatments by using spectroscopic techniques; and to clarify the pretreatment-induced changes in reactivity or convertibility of coals in the subsequent liquefaction. This report describes the progress of our work during the first quarterly period. Substantial progress has been made in the spectroscopic characterization of fresh and THF-extracted samples of two subbituminous coals and fresh samples of three bituminous coals using cross-polarization magic angle spinning (CPMAS) solid state {sup 13}C NMR and pyrolysis-GC-MS techniques. CPMAS {sup 13}C NMR and pyrolysis-GC-MS provided important information on carbon distribution/functionality and molecular components/structural units, respectively, for these coal samples. Pyrolysis-GC-MS revealed that there are remarkable structural differences in structural units between the subbituminous coals and the bituminous coals. Furthermore, significant progress has been made in the pretreatments and spectroscopic characterization of catalytically and thermally pretreated as well as physically treated Wyodak subbituminous coal, and temperature-staged and temperature-programmed thermal and catalytic liquefaction of a Montana subbituminous coal.

  19. Biogasoline Production from Palm Oil Via Catalytic Hydrocracking over Gamma-Alumina Catalyst

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    Anondho Wijanarko

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Bio gasoline conversion from palm oil is an alternative energy resources method which can be substituted fossil fuel base energy utilization. Previous research resulted that palm oil can be converted into hydrocarbon by catalytic cracking reaction with γ-alumina catalyst. In this research, catalytic cracking reaction of palm oil by γ-alumina catalyst is done in a stirrer batch reactor with the oil/catalyst weight ratio variation of 100:1, 75:1, and 50:1; at suhue variation of 260 to 340oC and reaction time variation of 1 to 2 hour. Post cracking reaction, bio gasoline yield could be obtained after 2 steps batch distillation. Physical property test result such as density and viscosity of this cracking reaction product and commercial gasoline tended a closed similarity. According to result of the cracking product's density, viscosity and FTIR, it can conclude that optimum yield of the palm oil catalytic cracking reaction could be occurred when oil/catalyst weight ratio 100:1 at 340 oC in 1.5 hour and base on this bio gasoline's FTIR, GC and GC-MS identification results, its hydrocarbons content was resembled to the commercial gasoline. This palm oil catalytic cracking reaction shown 11.8% (v/v in yield and 28.0% (v/v in conversion concern to feed palm oil base and produced a 61.0 octane number's bio gasoline.

  20. The effect of noble metals on catalytic methanation reaction over supported Mn/Ni oxide based catalysts

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    Wan Azelee Wan Abu Bakar; Rusmidah Ali; Nurul Shafeeqa Mohammad

    2015-01-01

    Carbon dioxide (CO2) in sour natural gas can be removed using green technology via catalytic methanation reaction by converting CO2 to methane (CH4) gas. Using waste to wealth concept, production of CH4 would increase as well as creating environmental friendly approach for the purification of natural gas. In this research, a series of alumina supported manganese–nickel oxide based catalysts doped with noble metals such as ruthenium and palladium were prepared by wetness impregnation method. T...

  1. Removal and Conversion of Tar in Syngas from Woody Biomass Gasification for Power Utilization Using Catalytic Hydrocracking

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    Jiu Huang; Klaus Gerhard Schmidt; Zhengfu Bian

    2011-01-01

    Biomass gasification has yet to obtain industrial acceptance. The high residual tar concentrations in syngas prevent any ambitious utilization. In this paper a novel gas purification technology based on catalytic hydrocracking is introduced, whereby most of the tarry components can be converted and removed. Pilot scale experiments were carried out with an updraft gasifier. The hydrocracking catalyst was palladium (Pd). The results show the dominant role of temperature and flow rate. At a cons...

  2. High performing and stable supported nano-alloys for the catalytic hydrogenation of levulinic acid to gamma-valerolactone

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    Luo, Wenhao; Meenakshisundaram, Sankar; Beale, Andrew M; He, Qian; Kiely, Christopher J.; Bruijnincx, Pieter C. A.; Weckhuysen, Bert M.

    2015-01-01

    The catalytic hydrogenation of levulinic acid, a key platform molecule in many biorefinery schemes, into gamma-valerolactone is considered as one of the pivotal reactions to convert lignocellulose-based biomass into renewable fuels and chemicals. Here we report on the development of highly active, selective and stable supported metal catalysts for this reaction and on the beneficial effects of metal nano-alloying. Bimetallic random alloys of gold-palladium and ruthenium-palladium supported on...

  3. High performing and stable supported nano-alloys for the catalytic hydrogenation of levulinic acid to γ-valerolactone

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    W. Luo; Sankar, M.; Beale, A.M.; Q. He; Kiely, C. J.; Bruijnincx, P. C.; Weckhuysen, B. M.

    2015-01-01

    The catalytic hydrogenation of levulinic acid, a key platform molecule in many biorefinery schemes, into γ-valerolactone is considered as one of the pivotal reactions to convert lignocellulose-based biomass into renewable fuels and chemicals. Here we report on the development of highly active, selective and stable supported metal catalysts for this reaction and on the beneficial effects of metal nano-alloying. Bimetallic random alloys of gold-palladium and ruthenium-palladium supported on tit...

  4. Microgrid Control Techniques at Power Converter Level

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    Valouch, Viktor; Šimek, Petr; Škramlík, Jiří; Tlustý, J.

    Ostrava: VŠB - TU Ostrava, 2013, s. 611-616. ISBN 978-80-248-2988-3. [Electric Power Engineering - EPE 2013. Kouty nad Desnou (CZ), 28.05.2013-30.05.2013] Institutional support: RVO:61388998 Keywords : microgrid * power converter * droop control Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering

  5. Integrated multilevel converter and battery management

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    K. Wilkie; Stone, D.; Bingham, C.; Foster, M.

    2008-01-01

    A cascaded H-bridge multilevel converter is proposed as a BLDC drive incorporating real-time battery management. Intelligent H-bridges are used to monitor battery cells whilst simultaneously increasing their performance by reducing the variation between cells and controlling their discharge profiles.

  6. Generalized modular multilevel converter and modulation

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    Liu, Hui; Loh, Poh Chiang; Blaabjerg, Frede

    2014-01-01

    Modular multilevel converter (MMC) has gained popularity recently with its modulation, capacitor voltage balancing and circulating current issues widely discussed. Contributing to this effort, a study is presented here to show how the MMC topology can be derived from the viewpoint of two series c...

  7. Faults and Diagnosis Systems in Power Converters

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    Lee, Kyo-Beum; Choi, Uimin

    2014-01-01

    efforts have been put into making these systems better in terms of reliability in order to achieve high power source availability, reduce the cost of energy and also increase the reliability of overall systems. Among the components used in power converters, a power device and a capacitor fault occurs most...

  8. Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor induced hyperkalaemic paralysis

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    Dutta., D; Fischler, M; McClung, A

    2001-01-01

    Secondary hyperkalaemic paralysis is a rare condition often mimicking the Guillain-Barré syndrome. There have been a few case reports of hyperkalaemia caused by renal failure, trauma, and drugs where the presentation has been with muscle weakness. A case of hyperkalaemic paralysis caused by an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor is reported.


Keywords: hyperkalaemia; paralysis; ACE inhibitors

  9. Online Scheduling in Distributed Message Converter Systems

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    Risse, Thomas; Wombacher, Andreas; Surridge, Mike; Taylor, Steve; Aberer, Karl

    2001-01-01

    The optimal distribution of jobs among hosts in distributed environments is an important factor to achieve high performance. The optimal strategy depends on the application. In this paper we present a new online scheduling strategy for distributed EDI converter system. The strategy is based on the B

  10. Data Converter for Multistandard Mobile Phones

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    Yurttas, Aziz; Bruun, Erik; Jensen, Rasmus Glarborg

    2004-01-01

    This paper describes an analog to digital converter (ADC) for mobile communication systems using a direct down conversion architecture. The ADC can be programmed to meet the requirements of different communication standards, including GSM (Global System for Mobile communication) and WCDMA (Wideband...

  11. Development of the Wave Energy Converter

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    Kofoed, Jens Peter; Frigaard, Peter; Sørensen, Hans Christian;

    2000-01-01

    The development of the wave energy converter Wave Dragon (WD) is presented. The WD is based on the overtopping principle. Initially a description of the WD is given. Then the development over time in terms of the various research and development projects working with the concept is described. This...

  12. Input-output rearrangement of isolated converters

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    Madsen, Mickey Pierre; Kovacevic, Milovan; Mønster, Jakob Døllner;

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents a new way of rearranging the input and output of isolated converters. The new arrangement posses several advantages, as increased voltage range, higher power handling capabilities, reduced voltage stress and improved efficiency, for applications where galvanic isolation is not a...

  13. National Ignition Facility frequency converter development

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    A preliminary error budget for the third harmonic converter for the National Ignition Facility (NIF) laser driver has been developed using a root-sum-square-accumulation of error sources. Such a budget sets an upper bound on the allowable magnitude of the various effects that reduce conversion efficiency. Development efforts on crystal mounting technology and crystal quality studies are discussed

  14. Aquabuoy Wave Energy Converter

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    Vicinanza, Diego; Margheritini, Lucia; Frigaard, Peter

    The work reported here is part of the contract agreement between the Finavera Renewables Ocean Energy Ltd. and the Department of Civil Engineering Hydraulics and Coastal Engineering Laboratory to instrument a model in scale 1:10 to prototype of the AquaBuOY (AB) wave energy converter and to analyse...

  15. Convertible bonds and bank risk-taking

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    N. Martynova; E. Perotti

    2015-01-01

    We study how contingent capital that converts in equity ahead of default affects bankrisk-shifting. Going concern conversion restores equity value in highly levered states,thus reducing heightened risk incentives. In contrast, conversion at default for traditionalbail-inable debt has no effect on en

  16. Mathematical modeling of the flash converting process

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    Sohn, H.Y.; Perez-Tello, M.; Riihilahti, K.M. [Utah Univ., Salt Lake City, UT (United States)

    1996-12-31

    An axisymmetric mathematical model for the Kennecott-Outokumpu flash converting process for converting solid copper matte to copper is presented. The model is an adaptation of the comprehensive mathematical model formerly developed at the University of Utah for the flash smelting of copper concentrates. The model incorporates the transport of momentum, heat, mass, and reaction kinetics between gas and particles in a particle-laden turbulent gas jet. The standard k-{epsilon} model is used to describe gas-phase turbulence in an Eulerian framework. The particle-phase is treated from a Lagrangian viewpoint which is coupled to the gas-phase via the source terms in the Eulerian gas-phase governing equations. Matte particles were represented as Cu{sub 2}S yFeS, and assumed to undergo homogeneous oxidation to Cu{sub 2}O, Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}, and SO{sub 2}. A reaction kinetics mechanism involving both external mass transfer of oxygen gas to the particle surface and diffusion of oxygen through the porous oxide layer is proposed to estimate the particle oxidation rate Predictions of the mathematical model were compared with the experimental data collected in a bench-scale flash converting facility. Good agreement between the model predictions and the measurements was obtained. The model was used to study the effect of different gas-injection configurations on the overall fluid dynamics in a commercial size flash converting shaft. (author)

  17. Synthetic Applications of Nitrile-Converting Enzymes

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    Martínková, Ludmila; Mylerová, Veronika

    2003-01-01

    Roč. 7, - (2003), s. 1279-1295. ISSN 1385-2728 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA4020213 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z5020903 Keywords : nitrile * converting * enzymes Subject RIV: EE - Microbiology, Virology Impact factor: 2.521, year: 2003

  18. 8-Bit superconducting A/D converter

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    The design, fabrication and testing of a superconducting 8-bit converter are presented. Experimental results show essentially monotonic output code at conversion rates of a few megahertz. An algorithm for automatic adjustment and potential problems of higher speed operation are discussed

  19. Near-Shore Floating Wave Energy Converters

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    Ruol, Piero; Zanuttigh, Barbara; Martinelli, Luca;

    2011-01-01

    Aim of this note is to analyse the possible application of a Wave Energy Converter (WEC) as a combined tool to protect the coast and harvest energy. Physical model tests are used to evaluate wave transmission past a near-shore floating WEC of the wave activated body type, named DEXA. Efficiency a...

  20. Hybrid switch for resonant power converters

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    Lai, Jih-Sheng; Yu, Wensong

    2014-09-09

    A hybrid switch comprising two semiconductor switches connected in parallel but having different voltage drop characteristics as a function of current facilitates attainment of zero voltage switching and reduces conduction losses to complement reduction of switching losses achieved through zero voltage switching in power converters such as high-current inverters.

  1. China to Gradually Make Capital Account Convertible

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    2006-01-01

    @@ China is pushing forward its currency Renminbi (RMB)'s capital account convertibility gradually and in a stable manner, said an official with the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), ruling out both an adventurous leap and conservative cautiousness, according to a report of Xinhua on April 12.

  2. China to Gradually Make Capital Account Convertible

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    2006-01-01

      China is pushing forward its currency Renminbi (RMB)'s capital account convertibility gradually and in a stable manner, said an official with the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), ruling out both an adventurous leap and conservative cautiousness, according to a report of Xinhua on April 12.……

  3. Power electronics converters for wind turbine systems

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    Blaabjerg, Frede; Liserre, Marco; Ma, Ke

    2011-01-01

    The steady growth of installed wind power which reached 200 GW capacity in 2010, together with the up-scaling of the single wind turbine power capability - 7 MW’s has been announced by manufacturers - has pushed the research and development of power converters towards full scale power conversion,...

  4. A Fast Time-to-Pulse Height Converter

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    A fast time-to-pulse height converter representing a development of Green and Bell's gated beam converter is described. The converter is compatible with 2 input pulses in the stop channel and exhibits excellent linearity and time resolution properties. High stability and large output pulses are obtained by using a large time constant in the converting network

  5. A thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) method to determine the catalytic conversion of cellulose from carbon-supported hydrogenolysis process

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    Leal, Glauco F. [Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS), Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM), C.P. 6192, 13083-970 Campinas, SP (Brazil); Institute of Chemistry of São Carlos (IQSC), University of São Paulo (USP), C.P. 780, CEP 13560-970 São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Ramos, Luiz A. [Institute of Chemistry of São Carlos (IQSC), University of São Paulo (USP), C.P. 780, CEP 13560-970 São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Barrett, Dean H. [Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS), Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM), C.P. 6192, 13083-970 Campinas, SP (Brazil); Curvelo, Antonio Aprígio S. [Institute of Chemistry of São Carlos (IQSC), University of São Paulo (USP), C.P. 780, CEP 13560-970 São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory (CTBE), Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM), C.P. 6179, 13083-970 Campinas, SP (Brazil); Rodella, Cristiane B., E-mail: cristiane.rodella@lnls.br [Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS), Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM), C.P. 6192, 13083-970 Campinas, SP (Brazil)

    2015-09-20

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A new method to determine the catalytic conversion of cellulose using TGA has been developed. • TGA is able to differentiate between carbon from cellulose and carbon from the catalyst. • Building an analytical curve from TGA results enables the accurate determination of cellulose conversion. - Abstract: The ability to determine the quantity of solid reactant that has been transformed after a catalytic reaction is fundamental in accurately defining the conversion of the catalyst. This quantity is also central when investigating the recyclability of a solid catalyst as well as process control in an industrial catalytic application. However, when using carbon-supported catalysts for the conversion of cellulose this value is difficult to obtain using only a gravimetric method. The difficulty lies in weighing errors caused by loss of the solid mixture (catalyst and non-converted cellulose) after the reaction and/or moisture adsorption by the substrate. These errors are then propagated into the conversion calculation giving erroneous results. Thus, a quantitative method using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) has been developed to determine the quantity of cellulose after a catalytic reaction by using a tungsten carbide catalyst supported on activated carbon. Stepped separation of TGA curves was used for quantitative analysis where three thermal events were identified: moisture loss, cellulose decomposition and CO/CO{sub 2} formation. An analytical curve was derived and applied to quantify the residual cellulose after catalytic reactions which were performed at various temperatures and reaction times. The catalytic conversion was calculated and compared to the standard gravimetric method. Results showed that catalytic cellulose conversion can be determined using TGA and exhibits lower uncertainty (±2%) when compared to gravimetric determination (±5%). Therefore, it is a simple and relatively inexpensive method to determine

  6. Catalytic processes towards the production of biofuels in a palm oil and oil palm biomass-based biorefinery.

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    Chew, Thiam Leng; Bhatia, Subhash

    2008-11-01

    In Malaysia, there has been interest in the utilization of palm oil and oil palm biomass for the production of environmental friendly biofuels. A biorefinery based on palm oil and oil palm biomass for the production of biofuels has been proposed. The catalytic technology plays major role in the different processing stages in a biorefinery for the production of liquid as well as gaseous biofuels. There are number of challenges to find suitable catalytic technology to be used in a typical biorefinery. These challenges include (1) economic barriers, (2) catalysts that facilitate highly selective conversion of substrate to desired products and (3) the issues related to design, operation and control of catalytic reactor. Therefore, the catalytic technology is one of the critical factors that control the successful operation of biorefinery. There are number of catalytic processes in a biorefinery which convert the renewable feedstocks into the desired biofuels. These include biodiesel production from palm oil, catalytic cracking of palm oil for the production of biofuels, the production of hydrogen as well as syngas from biomass gasification, Fischer-Tropsch synthesis (FTS) for the conversion of syngas into liquid fuels and upgrading of liquid/gas fuels obtained from liquefaction/pyrolysis of biomass. The selection of catalysts for these processes is essential in determining the product distribution (olefins, paraffins and oxygenated products). The integration of catalytic technology with compatible separation processes is a key challenge for biorefinery operation from the economic point of view. This paper focuses on different types of catalysts and their role in the catalytic processes for the production of biofuels in a typical palm oil and oil palm biomass-based biorefinery. PMID:18434141

  7. A thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) method to determine the catalytic conversion of cellulose from carbon-supported hydrogenolysis process

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A new method to determine the catalytic conversion of cellulose using TGA has been developed. • TGA is able to differentiate between carbon from cellulose and carbon from the catalyst. • Building an analytical curve from TGA results enables the accurate determination of cellulose conversion. - Abstract: The ability to determine the quantity of solid reactant that has been transformed after a catalytic reaction is fundamental in accurately defining the conversion of the catalyst. This quantity is also central when investigating the recyclability of a solid catalyst as well as process control in an industrial catalytic application. However, when using carbon-supported catalysts for the conversion of cellulose this value is difficult to obtain using only a gravimetric method. The difficulty lies in weighing errors caused by loss of the solid mixture (catalyst and non-converted cellulose) after the reaction and/or moisture adsorption by the substrate. These errors are then propagated into the conversion calculation giving erroneous results. Thus, a quantitative method using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) has been developed to determine the quantity of cellulose after a catalytic reaction by using a tungsten carbide catalyst supported on activated carbon. Stepped separation of TGA curves was used for quantitative analysis where three thermal events were identified: moisture loss, cellulose decomposition and CO/CO2 formation. An analytical curve was derived and applied to quantify the residual cellulose after catalytic reactions which were performed at various temperatures and reaction times. The catalytic conversion was calculated and compared to the standard gravimetric method. Results showed that catalytic cellulose conversion can be determined using TGA and exhibits lower uncertainty (±2%) when compared to gravimetric determination (±5%). Therefore, it is a simple and relatively inexpensive method to determine catalytic

  8. Catalytic oxidation for treatment of ECLSS and PMMS waste streams. [Process Material Management Systems

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    Akse, James R.; Thompson, John; Scott, Bryan; Jolly, Clifford; Carter, Donald L.

    1992-01-01

    Catalytic oxidation was added to the baseline multifiltration technology for use on the Space Station Freedom in order to convert low-molecular weight organic waste components such as alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, amides, and thiocarbamides to CO2 at low temperature (121 C), thereby reducing the total organic carbon (TOC) to below 500 ppb. The rate of reaction for the catalytic oxidation of aqueous organics to CO2 and water depends primarily upon the catalyst, temperature, and concentration of reactants. This paper describes a kinetic study conducted to determine the impact of each of these parameters upon the reaction rate. The results indicate that a classic kinetic model, the Langmuir-Hinshelwood rate equation for heterogeneous catalysis, can accurately represent the functional dependencies of this rate.

  9. Improving the catalytic activity of isopentenyl phosphate kinase through protein coevolution analysis.

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    Liu, Ying; Yan, Zhihui; Lu, Xiaoyun; Xiao, Dongguang; Jiang, Huifeng

    2016-01-01

    Protein rational design has become more and more popular for protein engineering with the advantage of biological big-data. In this study, we described a method of rational design that is able to identify desired mutants by analyzing the coevolution of protein sequence. We employed this approach to evolve an archaeal isopentenyl phosphate kinase that can convert dimethylallyl alcohol (DMA) into precursor of isoprenoids. By designing 9 point mutations, we improved the catalytic activities of IPK about 8-fold in vitro. After introducing the optimal mutant of IPK into engineered E. coli strain for β-carotenoids production, we found that β-carotenoids production exhibited 97% increase over the starting strain. The process of enzyme optimization presented here could be used to improve the catalytic activities of other enzymes. PMID:27052337

  10. Catalytic Conversion of 2-Naphthol to 2-Hydroxy-1,4-naphthoquinone Under Mild Conditions

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    YAN,Yan(阎雁); GUO,Hong-Wei(郭红卫); JIAN,Wen-Ping(菅文平); YANG,Ke-Er(杨克儿); TONG,Shan-Ling(佟珊玲); FANG,Chi-Guang(方赤光); Ll,Qing(李青); CHANG,Xin(常新)

    2004-01-01

    2-Hydroxy-l,4-naphthaquinone (HNQ) was selectively synthesized from catalytic oxidation of 2-naphthol by molecular oxygen over tetra(4-methoxyl-phenyl)porphyrinate iron(III) chloride (TMOPPFeC1) catalyst in an alkali methanol solution under mild conditions.The influences of solvents,temperature,time,as well as amounts of catalysts and alkali were studied.The quantitative data show that 32.9% of 2-naphthol (0.093 mol/dm3) was catalytically converted to HNQ with the selectivity of 100% at 323 K for 9 h over TMOPPFeC1 catalyst (2.54×10-4mol/dm3) in alkali media (30 mL of methanol containing 2.5 mol/dm3 of NaOH) by flowing molecular oxygen (flowing rate of 45 mL/min).

  11. Low-temperature catalytic gasification of food processing wastes. 1995 topical report

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    Elliott, D.C.; Hart, T.R.

    1996-08-01

    The catalytic gasification system described in this report has undergone continuing development and refining work at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for over 16 years. The original experiments, performed for the Gas Research Institute, were aimed at developing kinetics information for steam gasification of biomass in the presence of catalysts. From the fundamental research evolved the concept of a pressurized, catalytic gasification system for converting wet biomass feedstocks to fuel gas. Extensive batch reactor testing and limited continuous stirred-tank reactor tests provided useful design information for evaluating the preliminary economics of the process. This report is a follow-on to previous interim reports which reviewed the results of the studies conducted with batch and continuous-feed reactor systems from 1989 to 1994, including much work with food processing wastes. The discussion here provides details of experiments on food processing waste feedstock materials, exclusively, that were conducted in batch and continuous- flow reactors.

  12. Selective catalytic reduction of nitrogen oxides from industrial gases by hydrogen or methane

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    This work deals with the selective catalytic reduction of nitrogen oxides (NOx), contained in the effluents of industrial plants, by hydrogen or methane. The aim is to replace ammonia, used as reducing agent, in the conventional process. The use of others reducing agents such as hydrogen or methane is interesting for different reasons: practical, economical and ecological. The catalyst has to convert selectively NO into N2, in presence of an excess of oxygen, steam and sulfur dioxide. The developed catalyst is constituted by a support such as perovskites, particularly LaCoO3, on which are dispersed noble metals (palladium, platinum). The interaction between the noble metal and the support, generated during the activation of the catalyst, allows to minimize the water and sulfur dioxide inhibitor phenomena on the catalytic performances, particularly in the reduction of NO by hydrogen. (O.M.)

  13. Bidirectional converter interface for a battery energy storage test bench

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    Trintis, Ionut; Thomas, Stephan; Blank, Tobias;

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents the bidirectional converter interface for a 6 kV battery energy storage test bench. The power electronic interface consists a two stage converter topology having a low voltage dc-ac grid connected converter and a new dual active bridge dc-dc converter with high transformation...... ratio. The dc-dc converter controls the battery charge/discharge current while the grid converter controls the common dc-link voltage and the grid current. The applied control structures and the hardware implementation of both converters are presented, together with their interaction. Experimental...

  14. A New Hard Switching Bidirectional Converter With High Power Density

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, a new isolated dc-dc bidirectional converter is proposed. This converter consists of two transformers (flyback and forward and only one switch in primary side and one switch in secondary side of transformers. In this converter energy transfers to the output in both on and off switch states so power density of this converter is high This converter controlled by PWM signal. Also this converter operates over a wide input voltage range. Theoretical analysis is presented and computer simulation and experimental results verify the converter analysis.

  15. Catalytic Chemistry on Oxide Nanostructures

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    Asthagiri, Aravind; Dixon, David A.; Dohnalek, Zdenek; Kay, Bruce D.; Rodriquez, Jose A.; Rousseau, Roger J.; Stacchiola, Dario; Weaver, Jason F.

    2016-05-29

    Metal oxides represent one of the most important and widely employed materials in catalysis. Extreme variability of their chemistry provides a unique opportunity to tune their properties and to utilize them for the design of highly active and selective catalysts. For bulk oxides, this can be achieved by varying their stoichiometry, phase, exposed surface facets, defect, dopant densities and numerous other ways. Further, distinct properties from those of bulk oxides can be attained by restricting the oxide dimensionality and preparing them in the form of ultrathin films and nanoclusters as discussed throughout this book. In this chapter we focus on demonstrating such unique catalytic properties brought by the oxide nanoscaling. In the highlighted studies planar models are carefully designed to achieve minimal dispersion of structural motifs and to attain detailed mechanistic understanding of targeted chemical transformations. Detailed level of morphological and structural characterization necessary to achieve this goal is accomplished by employing both high-resolution imaging via scanning probe methods and ensemble-averaged surface sensitive spectroscopic methods. Three prototypical examples illustrating different properties of nanoscaled oxides in different classes of reactions are selected.

  16. Halogen Chemistry on Catalytic Surfaces.

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    Moser, Maximilian; Pérez-Ramírez, Javier

    2016-01-01

    Halogens are key building blocks for the manufacture of high-value products such as chemicals, plastics, and pharmaceuticals. The catalytic oxidation of HCl and HBr is an attractive route to recover chlorine and bromine in order to ensure the sustainability of the production processes. Very few materials withstand the high corrosiveness and the strong exothermicity of the reactions and among them RuO2 and CeO2-based catalysts have been successfully applied in HCl oxidation. The search for efficient systems for HBr oxidation was initiated by extrapolating the results of HCl oxidation based on the chemical similarity of these reactions. Interestingly, despite its inactivity in HCl oxidation, TiO2 was found to be an outstanding HBr oxidation catalyst, which highlighted that the latter reaction is more complex than previously assumed. Herein, we discuss the results of recent comparative studies of HCl and HBr oxidation on both rutile-type (RuO2, IrO2, and TiO2) and ceria-based catalysts using a combination of advanced experimental and theoretical methods to provide deeper molecular-level understanding of the reactions. This knowledge aids the design of the next-generation catalysts for halogen recycling. PMID:27131113

  17. Conversion of chicken feather waste to N-doped carbon nanotubes for the catalytic reduction of 4-nitrophenol.

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    Gao, Lei; Li, Ran; Sui, Xuelin; Li, Ren; Chen, Changle; Chen, Qianwang

    2014-09-01

    Poultry feather is renewable, inexpensive and abundantly available. It holds great business potentials if poultry feather can be converted into valuable functional materials. Herein, we describe a strategy for the catalytic conversion of chicken feather waste to Ni3S2-carbon coaxial nanofibers (Ni3S2@C) which can be further converted to nitrogen doped carbon nanotubes (N-CNTs). Both Ni3S2@C and N-CNTs exhibit high catalytic activity and good reusability in the reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) to 4-aminophenol (4-AP) by NaBH4 with a first-order rate constant (k) of 0.9 × 10(-3) s(-1) and 2.1 × 10(-3) s(-1), respectively. The catalytic activity of N-CNTs is better than that of N-doped graphene and comparable to commonly used noble metal catalysts. The N content in N-CNTs reaches as high as 6.43%, which is responsible for the excellent catalytic performance. This strategy provides an efficient and low-cost method for the comprehensive utilization of chicken feathers. Moreover, this study provides a new direction for the application of N-CNTs. PMID:25089346

  18. A low-voltage boost converter using a forward converter with integrated Meissner oscillator

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    Woias, P.; Islam, M.; Heller, S.; Roth, R.

    2013-12-01

    This paper describes a novel boost converter to be used with energy harvesters that provide only low output voltages. The device is self-supplied from electric power delivered to its input. With peak power conversion efficiencies above 30% at start-up voltages down to 10 mV this circuit sets best values in comparison with the state-of-the-art. This is achieved by the novel combination of a Meissner oscillator, used as stand-alone in most low-voltage step-up converters today, with a forward converter usually applied in high power systems.

  19. A low-voltage boost converter using a forward converter with integrated Meissner oscillator

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    This paper describes a novel boost converter to be used with energy harvesters that provide only low output voltages. The device is self-supplied from electric power delivered to its input. With peak power conversion efficiencies above 30% at start-up voltages down to 10 mV this circuit sets best values in comparison with the state-of-the-art. This is achieved by the novel combination of a Meissner oscillator, used as stand-alone in most low-voltage step-up converters today, with a forward converter usually applied in high power systems

  20. Process Design and Economics for the Conversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Hydrocarbons: Dilute-Acid and Enzymatic Deconstruction of Biomass to Sugars and Catalytic Conversion of Sugars to Hydrocarbons

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    Davis, R.; Tao, L.; Scarlata, C.; Tan, E. C. D.; Ross, J.; Lukas, J.; Sexton, D.

    2015-03-01

    This report describes one potential conversion process to hydrocarbon products by way of catalytic conversion of lignocellulosic-derived hydrolysate. This model leverages expertise established over time in biomass deconstruction and process integration research at NREL, while adding in new technology areas for sugar purification and catalysis. The overarching process design converts biomass to die die diesel- and naphtha-range fuels using dilute-acid pretreatment, enzymatic saccharification, purifications, and catalytic conversion focused on deoxygenating and oligomerizing biomass hydrolysates.