DAAAC Protocol for Durability Demonstration of Diesel Aftertreatment Systems: Emissions Performance Validation
Aftertreatment durability demonstration is a required validation exercise for on-road medium and heavy-duty diesel engine certification. The demonstration is meant to validate emissions compliance for the engine and aftertreatment system at full useful life, or FUL. Current certification practices allow engine manufacturers to complete partial aging and then extrapolate emissions performance results to FUL. While this process reduces the amount of service accumulation time, it does not consider changes in aftertreatment deterioration rate. Rather, deterioration is assumed to occur at a linear rate, which may lead to false conclusions relating to emissions compliance. With CARB and EPA’s commitment to the reduction of criteria emissions, emphasis has also been placed on revising the existing certification practices. The updated practices would require engine manufacturers to certify with an aftertreatment system aged to FUL.