Model-based Optimization of Catalyst Zoning in Diesel Particulate Filters 2008-01-0445
Catalyzed wall-flow particulate filters are increasingly applied in diesel exhaust after-treatment for multiple purposes, including low-temperature catalytic regeneration, CO and hydrocarbon conversion, as well as exothermic heat generation during forced regeneration. In order to optimize Precious Metals usage, it may be advantageous to apply the catalytic coating non-uniformly in the DPF, a technology referred to as “catalyst zoning”. In order to simulate the behavior of such a filter, one has to consider coupled transport-reaction modeling. In this work, a previously developed model is calibrated versus experimental data obtained with full-scale catalyzed filters on the engine dynamometer. In a next step, the model is validated under a variety of operating conditions using engine experiments with zoned filters. The performance of the zoned catalyst is analyzed by examining the transient temperature and species profiles in the inlet and outlet channels. The results show that a zoning scheme with more catalyst in the frontal part is beneficial for CO and HC conversion in cold-start transients. The results highlight the increased engineering flexibility provided by the catalyst zoning technology and the challenges faced in applications where transient operating conditions prevail.