1978-02-01

A Study of the Effects of Manganese Fuel Additive on Automotive Emissions 780002

The effects of using the manganese fuel additive, MMT, on experimental engine emission control systems have been evaluated in a prototype vehicle test program. Two types of engines and catalytic converters were used in vehicle emission control systems designed for compliance with the .41 HC, 3.4 CO, and 2.0 NOx g/mi standard. Testing included multiple engine dynamometer and vehicle schedules which accrued the equivalent of nearly 2-1/2 million vehicle miles.
The only major adverse effect of MMT fuel usage observed was a twofold increase in engine and tail pipe hydrocarbon emissions over the 50,000-mile vehicle test schedule durations employed. This increase was attributed to a build up of manganese oxide deposits in the engine combustion chambers.

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