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Numerical Study on Forced Regeneration of Wall-Flow Diesel Particulate Filters

A computational model which describes the combustion and heat transfer that takes place during forced regeneration of honeycomb structured wall flow type diesel particulate filter was developed. In this model, heat released by the soot- oxygen reaction, convection heat transfer in the gas phase, conductive heat transfer in solid walls, and heat transfer between the gas and wall of each honeycomb cell at various radial positions in a filter are calculated. Each honeycomb cell was modeled as one solid phase and two gas phases and these three phases were divided in the axial direction into small elements. Conductive heat transfer between the small solid elements and convection heat transfer between the small gas elements were calculated for each small time increment. Conductive radial heat transfer between honeycomb cells was also calculated.
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Design Development of High Temperature Manifold Converter Using Thin Wall Ceramic Substrate

This paper proposes a high temperature manifold converter with a thin wall ceramic substrate, such as; 4mil/400cpsi and 4mil/600cpsi. Double-wall cone insulation design was proposed for close-coupled converters to protect the conventional intumescent mat from high temperature. However, the double wall cone insulation is not applicable when the converter is directly mounted to the exhaust manifold without an inlet cone. The prototype manifold converter was tested under hot vibration test with a non-intumescent ceramic fiber mat and retainer rings as a supplemental support. The converter demonstrated durability for 10 hours under 80G acceleration and 100 hours under 60G acceleration with 1,050 °C catalyst bed temperature. The skin temperature of the heat shield was kept below 400 °C.
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A Structurally Durable EHC for the Exhaust Manifold

It is well known that an EHC (Electrically Heated Catalyst) is very effective in reducing cold start HC emissions. However, the large electric power consumption of the EHC is a major technical issue. When installed in the exhaust manifold, the EHC can take advantage of exhaust heat to warm up faster, resulting in a reduced electric power demand. Therefore, a structurally durable EHC which can withstand the severe manifold conditions is desirable. Through the use of a extruded monolithic metal substrate, with a flexible hexagonal cell structure and a special canning method, we have succeeded in developing a structurally durable EHC. This new EHC installed in the exhaust manifold with a light-off catalyst directly behind it demonstrated a drastic reduction in FTP (Federal Test Procedure) Total HC emissions.
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Development of Wall-Flow Type Diesel Particulate Filter System with Efficient Reverse Pulse Air Regeneration

A wall-flow type diesel particulate filter system with reverse pulse air developed for vehicles should have the best regeneration performance possible with the least reverse pulse air as possible. We improved the reverse pulse air arrangement to decrease the air consumption and raise regeneration performance. Then, we developed diesel particulate filter (DPF) materials for the pore structure suitable for regeneration. Test equipment was designed to consume less air than a previous prototype system presented in our SAE paper [1]. The experiments used a soot generator simulating a diesel engine and a diesel engine. We confirmed that a wall-flow type DPF could possibly be applied to a regeneration system with the low air consumption for mounting on vehicles.
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The Development of an Automotive Catalyst using a Thin Wall (4 mil/400cpsi) Substrate

Since the monolithic ceramic substrate was introduced for automotive catalytic converters, the reduction of the substrate wall thickness has been a continuing requirement to reduce pressure drop and improve catalytic performance. The thin wall substrate of 0.10 mm (4 mil) thick wall/400 cpsi cell density has been introduced to production by achieving mechanical strength equivalent to a conventional 0.15 mm (6 mil)/400 cpsi substrate. Although a round cross-section substrate can have a reduced catalyst volume compared to an oval cross-section substrate because of uniform gas flow distribution, the smaller cross-section of the round substrate increases pressure drop. The thin wall technology was applied to the round substrate to offset the pressure drop increase and to further improve catalytic performance.
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Thermal Reliability and Performance Improvement of Close-Coupled Catalytic Converter

This paper proposes a high temperature catalytic converter design using a ceramic substrate and intumescent matting. It also describes the improvement of converter performance using an advanced thin wall ceramic substrate. Due to future tightening of emission regulations and improvement of fuel economy, higher exhaust gas temperatures are suggested. Therefore, reduction of thermal reliability of an intumescent mat will be a concern because the catalytic converter will be exposed to high temperatures. For this reason, a new design converter has been developed using a dual cone structure for both the inlet and outlet cones. This minimizes heat conduction through the cone and decreases the temperature affecting the mat area. This design converter, without the use of a heat-shield, reduces the converter surface temperature to 441°C despite a catalyst bed temperature of 1050°C. The long term durability of the converter is demonstrated by the hot vibration test.
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In-line Hydrocarbon (HC) Adsorber System for Cold Start Emissions

In order to meet the strict automobile emission regulations in the U.S.A. and Europe, new aftertreatment technologies such as the EHC and HC Adsorber have been developed to reduce the cold start emissions. The EHC is obviously effective in reducing emissions, but has the demerits of a large electric power demand and a complicated power control system to support it (13). A by-pass type HC adsorber system has the concerns of unreliable by-pass valves and complicated plumbing (10). A major technical challenge of the in-line type HC adsorber was the difference between the HC desorption temperature and the light-off temperature of the burn-off catalyst. This paper describes the evaluation results of a completely passive “In-line HC Adsorber System” which can reduce the cold start emissions without the application of any type of mechanical or pneumatic control valve in the exhaust system.
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The Regeneration Efficiency Improvement of the Reverse Pulse Air Regenerating DPF System

This paper describes the system modification through the improvement of pulse air penetration into the DPF cell channels in respect to the development of a wall-flow type diesel particulate filter ( DPF ) system with reverse pulse air regeneration for diesel vehicles. In this system, regeneration becomes more difficult with low exhaust gas temperatures and increased DPF volume. The pressure increase in the DPF cell channels was monitored as a parameter of pulse air penetration when reverse pulse air was injected into the DPF. By maximizing the pressure increase, the pulse air injection system was modified. The modification includes various changes in the air pipe arrangement and the air injecting time. The ratio of the length to the diameter of the DPF was also evaluated in relation to the regeneration efficiency. In this study, the high aspect ratio, i.e. small diameter and long DPF, showed better regeneration efficiency.
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Development of Wall-Flow Type Diesel Particulate Filter System with Reverse Pulse Air Regeneration

The effects of the factors of reverse pulse air regeneration; pulse air pressure, pulse air time and pulse air interval, were evaluated. Pulse air pressure significantly affects a DPF's pressure drop increase. Pulse air time and pulse air interval do not greatly affect a DPF's pressure drop. Current DPFs and samples with modified materials were tested. The pressure drop increse varied with the material properties, such as mean pore size and porosity. Current DPFs are applicable to a DPF system with reverse pulse air regeneration. There is the possibility to get an optimum DPF for the reverse pulse air regeneration system by changing the mean pore size, porosity and/or other properties.
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Optimization of Catalytic Converter Location Achieved with a Curve Catalytic Honeycomb Substrate

A new type of catalytic converter has been developed for the coming TLEV (Transitional Low Emission Vehicle) standards. It is a “Front Curve Catalytic Converter (FCCC)” using a curved cordierite ceramic honeycomb substrate. During this development, an optimum location and volume of the front curve catalytic converter were determined from the view points of thermal deterioration of the catalyst and hydrocarbon conversion performance. Based on CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) analysis, the best curvature radius of the substrate was selected to minimize a pressure drop of the front curve catalytic converter. The emission conversion and light-off performances of the front curve catalytic converter were compared with a conventional straight design. A series of durability tests; hot vibration, engine dynamometer and vehicle fleet tests were also conducted to confirm the reliability of the new front curve catalytic converter.
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Selective Heat Insulation of Combustion Chamber Walls for a DI Diesel Engine with Monolithic Ceramics

The engine performance and emissions characteristics of a single-cylinder DI diesel engine were experimentally investigated. The combustion chamber walls of the engine were thermally insulated with ceramic materials of SSN (Sintered Silicon Nitride) and PSZ (Partially Stabilized Zirconia). Fuel economy and emissions characteristics were improved by insulating selected locations of the combustion chamber walls. The selective insulation helped to create activated diffusion combustion and resulted in more efficient use of the intake air.
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Effects of DPF Volume on Thermal Shock Failures during Regeneration

Application of ceramic honeycomb wall-flow type diesel particulate filters (DPF) to heavy duty vehicles requires a large volume filter. Heavy duty vehicles produce a large volume exhaust gas, and pressure drop in the exhaust system must be maintained to a certain level. In addition, the filters must be designed to resist fracture from thermal stresses during regeneration. This is particularly important in heavy duty vehicles because of these extended mileage requirements. These studies of the effects of DPF volume on thermal shock resistance during regeneration reveal that the maximum failure temperatures are lower as DPF volume is increased, still maintaining 950°C maximum temperature with 12 ℓ volume and 9″D × 12″L size large DPF. Some thermal stress analyses with temperature profiles and finite element analysis were conducted on four different volume DPF during regeneration.
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Electric Heating Regeneration of Large Wall-Flow Type DPF

Ceramic wall-flow type diesel particulate filters (DPF) are being investigated for the aftertreatment systems of heavy duty engines. To use ceramic DPF more reliably and easily, electric heating regenerations are studied varying combustion air flow rates and amounts of accumulated soot. Despite electric heater capacity limitations, it is possible to regenerate DPF at a certain combustion air flow rate without thermal shock failure. The maximum withstood temperature against thermal shock failure of electric heating regeneration is similar to that of diesel burner regeneration on DPF with a nine inch diameter and a twelve inch length.
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Lifetime Prediction of Wall-Flow Type Diesel Particulate Filters Using Fatigue Characteristics

Lifetimes of DPF under various thermal stress cycles were calculated based on the slow crack growth theory and expected lifetimes were investigated in relation to maximum temperature during regenerations. The fatigue characteristics of porous honeycomb structures follow the slow crack growth theory. Maximum thermal stress was calculated from temperature distributions of failed DPF. The ratio of 4-point bending strength to maximum thermal stress was used as a correction factor. The thermal stress was calculated from various temperature distributions and then modified with the correction factor. These results were compared with the fatigue characteristics obtained from 4-point bending fatigue tests.
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Controlling of Heating Rates for Safe Regeneration of Ceramic Honeycomb Diesel Particulate Filter

Thermal shock failures have been considered as one of the most significant issues for wall flow type ceramic diesel particulate filters during their regeneration. This paper describes the experiments which were conducted in order to study effects of heating rates of the accumulated diesel particulate on the thermal shock failure of the filters using an NGK soot generator. The results showed favorable heating rates of the particulate in terms of the amounts of the accumulated particulate up to which the filters are safely regenerated.
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Effect of Cell Structure on Regeneration Failure of Ceramic Honeycomb Diesel Particulate Filter

In applying ceramic honeycomb wall flow type filters to the after-treatment systems of diesel particulate from engines, the melting and thermal shock failures of ceramic diesel particulate filters (DPF) have been considered as one of the most significant issues during regeneration. This paper gives the results of experiments on the effects of cell structure i.e., wall thickness and cell density, on the melting and thermal shock regeneration failure of DPF and proposes an optimized cell structure for DPF in terms of the regeneration failure and the pressure drop which is also considered to be one of the especially important issues in fuel economy for heavy duty vehicle application.
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Improvement of Pore Size Distribution of Wall Flow Type Diesel Particulate Filter

To reduce flow restriction of the wall flow type diesel particulate filters, the pore size distribution of DPF material was improved. Large pore material is preferred to reduce the flow restriction of the DPF. However pore diameter should be controlled within a certain limit to maintain high trapping efficiency against diesel particulates. In order to solve these conflicting matters, the mean pore diameter was enlarged from 13μm of the current material to 20 μm or more, while maintaining the cumulative volume of pores above 100μm within 8% of the total pore volume. The safe limit against thermal shock failure of the improved DPF material having 9″D x 12″/, 12.5/ volume was also determined using diesel burner regeneration system.
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Analyses of Thermal Shock Failure on Large Volume DPF

Ceramic honeycomb wall flow diesel particulate filters (DPF) have been investigated for use in exhaust gas control of diesel vehicles. However, before they can be used, prevention of thermal shock failure during combustion regeneration is necessary. Studies were conducted on thermal shock failures on 9-inch diameter large volume DPF during regeneration by finite element analyses (FEA). These studies reveal that, within safe limits, maximum thermal stress is almost constant even at different gas flow rates and oxygen concentrations. Regeneration tests were also conducted on large volume DPF of several materials having different pore size distributions. FEA thermal stress was compared with mechanical strength of the material at safe levels.
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Alternative Particle Number Filtration Performance Test Method

Particle Number (PN) regulation was firstly introduced for European light-duty diesel vehicles back in 2011[1]. Since then, PN regulation has been and is being expanded to heavy-duty diesel vehicles and non-road diesel machineries. PN regulation will also be expanded to China and India around 2020 or later. Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) is significant factor for the above-mentioned PN regulation. This filter technology is to be continuously evolved for the near future tighter PN regulation. Generally, PN filtration performance test for filter technology development is carried out with chassis dynamometer, engine dynamometer or simulator [2]. This paper describes a simplified and relatively quicker alternative PN filtration performance test method for accelerating filter technology development compared to the current test method.
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Study on Next Generation Diesel Particulate Filter

Although diesel engines are superior to gasoline engines in terms of the demand to reduce CO2 emissions, diesel engines suffer from the problem of emitting Particulate Matter (PM). Therefore, a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) has to be fitted in the engine exhaust aftertreatment system. From the viewpoint of reducing CO2 emissions, there is a strong demand to reduce the exhaust system pressure drop and for DPF designs that are able to help reduce the pressure drop. A wall flow DPF having a novel wall pore structure design for reducing pressure drop, increasing robustness and increasing filtration efficiency is presented. The filter offers a linear relationship between PM loading and pressure drop, offering lower pressure drop and greater accuracy in estimating the accumulated PM amount from pressure drop. First, basic experiments were performed on small plate test samples having various pore structure designs.