Reducing Exhaust HC Emission at SI Engine Using Continuous and Synchronized Secondary Air Injection
The effect of secondary air injection (SAI) on exhaust hydrocarbon (HC) emission has been investigated in a spark-ignition (SI) single cylinder engine operating at steady-state cold condition. Both continuous SAI and synchronized SAI, which corresponds to intermittent secondary air injection to exhaust port, are tested. Oxidation characteristics of HC are monitored with a FID analyzer and exhaust gas temperatures with thermocouples. Effects of exhaust air-fuel ratio (A/F), location of SAI, and engine-A/F have been investigated. Results show that HC reduction rate increases as the location of SAI is closer to the exhaust valve for both synchronized and continuous SAIs. HC emission decreases with increasing exhaust-A/F when exhaust-A/F is rich, and is relatively insensitive when exhaust-A/F is lean. In synchronized SAI, SAI timing has significant effect on HC reduction and exhaust gas temperature. Optimum SAI timing observed is ATDC 100° and 230°.