Investigations of Compatibility of ETBE Gasoline with Current Gasoline Vehicles 2006-01-3381
Clarifying the impact of ETBE 8% blended fuel on current Japanese gasoline vehicles, under the Japan Clean Air Program II (JCAPII) we conducted exhaust emission tests, evaporative emission tests, durability tests on the exhaust after-treatment system, cold starting tests, and material immersion tests. ETBE 17% blended fuel was also investigated as a reference. The regulated exhaust emissions (CO, HC, and NOx) didn't increase with any increase of ETBE content in the fuel. In durability tests, no noticeable increase of exhaust emission after 40,000km was observed. In evaporative emissions tests, HSL (Hot Soak Loss) and DBL (Diurnal Breathing Loss) didn't increase. In cold starting tests, duration of cranking using ETBE 8% fuel was similar to that of ETBE 0%. In the material immersion tests, no influence of ETBE on these material properties was observed. From these results, no problem regarding the tests conducted in this research was found, also the ETBE8% fuel is compatible with the current Japanese gasoline vehicles.
TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K., Japan Energy Corporation, Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K., Nippon Oil Corporation, Honda R&D Co., Ltd., Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Fuji Heavy Industries, Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan Automobile Research Institute, Petroleum Energy Center
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