It is critical to develop high performance three-way catalysts to meet increasing regulations around the world. It was found that a double-layered catalyst loaded with Pt and Rh suppresses Pt-Rh alloying, thereby improving catalytic performance. A double-layered catalyst has the effect of decreasing OSC performance, but this has been overcome by a newly developed Rh support and suppressed Pt grain growth. The developed catalyst is capable of lowering the amount of PGM required by approximately 40%.
Japan Clean Air Program (JCAP): Preliminary Modeling Study of Vehicle Emission Impacts on Air Quality
Comparing with the previous Auto/Oil programs, the total plan and current status of the air quality modeling study in JCAP are presented. The total plan of air quality modeling study has the following characteristics: 1) Vehicle emission inventory program is developed by considering the original features of Japan. 2) Not only the urban air quality but also the road sides pollutants dispersion is evaluated. 3) The chemical reaction model for the secondary particulate formations is developed on the basis of the smog chamber experiments. 4) For the cost-effectiveness analysis of vehicle/fuel technologies, the output of the air quality modeling will be combined with the cost data of new vehicle emission reduction technologies As the first step, preliminary modeling studies are conducted to understand the overall tendency of the air quality change toward 2010 in Tokyo urban area.