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Heat Transfer Characterization of Catalytic Converter Substrates During Warm-Up

The transient heat transfer behavior of a real size automotive catalytic reactor has been simulated with OpenFOAM in 1D. The model takes into consideration the gas-solid convective heat transfer, axial wall conduction and heat capacity effects in the solid phase, but also the chemical reactions of CO and C3H6 oxidations, based on simplified Arrhenius and Langmuir-Hinshelwood approaches. The associated parameters have been chosen based on the tuning of experimental data. The impact of different initial catalytic converter temperatures, inlet flow temperatures and inlet flow rates have been quantified, even in terms of overall cumulative emissions. . A dimensional analysis is proposed and dimensionless temperature difference and space-time coordinate are defined. Using this suitably modified coordinates, for the case of negligible axial solid conduction, computed solid temperature at the reactor outlet lay on the typical S-curve.
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CFD Investigation of the Impact of Electrical Heating on the Light-off of a Diesel Oxidation Catalyst

In the last years, as a response to the more and more restrictive emission legislation, new devices (SRC, DOC, NOx-trap, DPF) have been progressively introduced as standard components of modern after-treatment system for Diesel engines. In addition, the adoption of electrical heating is nowadays regarded with interest as an effective solution to promote the light-off of the catalyst at low temperature, especially at the start-up of the engine and during the low load operation of the engine typical of the urban drive. In this work, a state-of-the-art 48 V electrical heated catalyst is considered, in order to investigate its effect in increasing the abatement efficiency of a standard DOC. The electrical heating device considered is based on a metallic support, arranged in a spiral layout, and it is heated by the Joule effect due to the passage of the electrical current.
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Numerical modeling of unsteady reacting flows in the exhaust system of an S.I. engine including the catalytic converter

Recent advances in the field of numerical modeling of unsteady reacting flows in the exhaust system of s.i. engines are presented in the paper. In particular, it is shown that the integration of a suitable chemical and thermal model for the catalytic converter within a 1D fluid dynamic simulation code has allowed the prediction of the exhaust gas composition from the cylinder to the tailpipe outlet, considering its variation across the catalyst. The composition of the exhaust gas, discharged by the cylinder, is calculated by means of a two- zone combustion model, including emission sub-models. The catalytic converter is simulated by a 1D fluid dynamic and chemical approach, considering laminar flow in each tiny channel of the substrate and chemical reactions in the solid phase, within the wash-coat. The predicted reaction rates are used to determine the specie source terms to be included in the one-dimensional fluid dynamic conservation equations.