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Impact of Ambient Temperature on Gaseous and Particle Emissions from a Direct Injection Gasoline Vehicle and its Implications on Particle Filtration 2013-01-0527

Gaseous and particle emissions from a gasoline direct injection (GDI) and a port fuel injection (PFI) vehicle were measured at various ambient temperatures (22°C, -7°C, -18°C). These vehicles were driven over the U.S. Federal Test Procedure 75 (FTP-75) and US06 Supplemental Federal Test Procedure (US06) on Tier 2 certification gasoline (E0) and 10% by volume ethanol (E10). Emissions were analyzed to determine the impact of ambient temperature on exhaust emissions over different driving conditions. Measurements on the GDI vehicle with a gasoline particulate filter (GPF) installed were also made to evaluate the GPF particle filtration efficiency at cold ambient temperatures. The GDI vehicle was found to have better fuel economy than the PFI vehicle at all test conditions. Reduction in ambient temperature increased the fuel consumption for both vehicles, with a much larger impact on the cold-start FTP-75 drive cycle observed than for the hot-start US06 drive cycle. Colder ambient temperatures were also found to increase CO, THC, and particle emissions over the FTP-75 drive cycle, with little impact on the emissions over the US06 drive cycle. E10 was found to decrease particle number emissions from the PFI vehicle over both test cycles and all ambient temperatures. E10 almost always led to higher particle emissions from the GDI vehicle, except over the FTP-75 drive cycle at standard temperature. Limited soot regeneration in the GPF was observed at cold ambient temperatures over the FTP-75 drive cycle. However, the particle filtration efficiency of the GPF did not significantly change during cold ambient testing. On average, the mass-based GPF filtration efficiency over the FTP-75 drive cycle was observed to vary from 62% at standard temperature to 92% at -18°C. When based on particle number, the GPF filtration efficiency varied from 85% at standard temperature to 80% at -18°C. Over the US06 drive cycle, multiple spontaneous soot regenerations were observed and led to lower particle filtration efficiency. Mass-based filtration efficiency of the GPF was found to vary from 36% at standard temperature to 52% at -18°C. Number-based filtration efficiency varied from 83% at standard temperature to 60% at -18°C.


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