1999-01-13

TWC Life Extension via Catalyst Mounting Inversion under Full Load Conditions 990009

It is generally accepted that the process of catalyst deactivation originates from the entrance sections of the converter and gradually progress towards the exit. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the possibility of a catalyst operating life extension via a mounting inversion, when the catalyst is close to its limits in the normal position. The experimental results indicate that under full load conditions at 3000 rpm improvement of catalyst efficiency can be accomplished reaching approximately 30% for CO and HC. This mounting inversion can be easily accomplished by an appropriate symmetric design of the monolith casing and mounting flanges, so that smooth gas flow conditions can be attained in both flow directions.

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