On-line Oxygen Storage Capacity Estimation of a Catalyst 2003-01-1000
Presented in this paper is an on-line method for estimating the oxygen storage capacity contained within a catalyst. The oxygen storage capacity of a catalyst changes over time due to catalyst brick temperatures, poisoned catalyst sites, and thermal aging. Information regarding the current oxygen storage capacity of a catalyst is advantageous in the development of robust emission control strategies and on-board diagnostics. The method of collecting the oxygen storage capacity information is extremely important for measurement accuracy and repeatability. Furthermore, the information must be obtained in such a way that it is transparent to the operator and may be implemented on-line during normal drive cycles. This on-line method for estimation of oxygen storage capacity of a catalyst has been demonstrated on a Ford F150 platform with an underbody catalyst.