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EHC Design Options and Performance

Engine-aged EHC integrated cascades with equivalent overall volumes and several different design features were evaluated for FTP emission performance on a late-model V6 test vehicle. Design options evaluated included low and high cell densities (160 cpsi vs. 400 cpsi, a non-straight flow channel geometry (160 cpsi), and several low-power, zoned heating strategies (all with 160 cpsi). Cold-start hydrocarbon emission performance for the aged low cell density, high cell density, and non-straight channel designs (all with full face heating strategies) were found to be equivalent in the under-floor location used on the test vehicle in this program.