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Whistle Map: A Hybrid Method of Whistle Prediction

2011-05-17
2011-01-1619
This paper presents a hybrid method that predicts the whistle occurrence of an automotive exhaust tuning device. The method utilizes inputs from a limited amount of test work or numerical simulation to predict the whistle occurrence in a wider range of flow conditions (temperature and velocity). It has the advantages of being quick and low cost compared with extensive tests or the computational fluid dynamics approach.
Technical Paper

Progress on Active Exhaust Silencers for Gasoline Engines

2011-05-17
2011-01-1639
In the past years Eberspaecher has installed Active Exhaust Silencers on several passenger vehicles with different diesel and gasoline engines on a prototype level. Meanwhile, a substantial reduction of the exhaust noise is regularly achieved in a broad frequency range covering all relevant engine orders. Due to the higher acoustic excitation and higher exhaust temperatures in gasoline engines it is more difficult to implement the ANC-technology on those engines. However, results from roller test benches focus on the acoustic performance as well as weight and volume reductions and demonstrate a marked improvement which was achieved with gasoline engines too. Further progress was made in the development of the durability and industrialization of all relevant components of the system. Finally, current design trends and possible fields of application will be discussed.
Technical Paper

Simulation of the Sound Attenuation Properties in Highly Complex Exhausts System Using the 2-Port Technique

2011-05-17
2011-01-1564
Simulation using basic acoustic 2-port elements is a time effective method for prediction of the attenuation of single components as well as of complete exhaust aftertreatment and silencer systems. However, with the complexity of current systems, the transformation from design geometries to networks of basic elements is not straightforward. In this paper a practical example of the modelling of a modern exhaust aftertreatment system is presented. A silencer aimed at the Euro 6 heavy duty emissions legislation containing complex flow turnings, parallel branches, DOC (Diesel Oxidation Catalyst), DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) and SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) catalysts was modelled. Evaluation against measurements in order to understand the influence of the different acoustic elements upon overall attenuation and to improve the model with respect to near field and higher order mode effects was done.
Journal Article

Investigation of the Acoustic Performance of After Treatment Devices

2011-05-17
2011-01-1562
Diesel engines produce harmful exhaust emissions and high exhaust noise levels. One way of mitigating both exhaust emissions and noise is via the use of after treatment devices such as Catalytic Converters (CC), Selective Catalytic Reducers (SCR), Diesel Oxidation Catalysts (DOC), and Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF). The objective of this investigation is to characterize and simulate the acoustic performance of different types of filters so that maximum benefit can be achieved. A number of after treatment device configurations for trucks were selected and measured. A measurement campaign was conducted to characterize the two-port transfer matrix of these devices. The simulation was performed using the two-port theory where the two-port models are limited to the plane wave range in the filter cavity.
Technical Paper

Investigating Parameters Influencing Interior Noise of a Vehicle and Ways of Improving It

2011-05-17
2011-01-1601
One of the most important factors that must be taken into account during vehicle design is the quality of noise and vibration produced by the vehicle. This is evident from manufacturer's attempt to produce quieter product. On the other hand, some of the vehicles have not good NVH properties and must be modified in order to be successful in the market. In this type of vehicles, no basic changes can be made, and focus must be on restricted improvements. In this research, a vehicle of this kind is selected and measures have been taken to improve its noise and vibration behavior. By implementing suspension techniques, some of the vibration characteristics of drive train and its influence on the interior noise at different engine speeds and under road load have been investigated. In addition, the effect of double layer instead of single layer muffler skin on the cabin noise has been probed.
Technical Paper

Analysis of Flow Induced Noise in a Passenger Car Exhaust System - An Experimental and Numerical Approach

2011-05-17
2011-01-1528
A muffler or silencer is an integral part of the exhaust system and is a device used to prevent sound from reaching the openings of the exhaust duct and radiating as far field noise. Different acoustical design and analysis techniques are used to predict the acoustical performance of exhaust systems. Flow noise from exhaust tail pipe is one of the major noise sources in a vehicle. Flow noise is generated mainly during fast acceleration operating condition due to complex flow behavior. In this paper, we have studied the detailed flow field and tried to establish an analyses procedure for flow noise prediction. The flow analysis is carried out in commercial CFD solver Star CCM+. The transient engine boundary conditions are obtained from the experimental testing. The flow noise generated from the muffler was calculated by acoustic analogy of Lighthill using the above boundary conditions.
Journal Article

Three-pass Perforated Tube Muffler with End-resonator

2011-05-17
2011-01-1529
The one-dimensional analytical approach, three-dimensional finite element method (FEM) and boundary element method (BEM) are developed to predict and analyze the acoustic attenuation performance of three-pass perforated tube muffler with end-resonator. For an elliptical muffler, the predictions of transmission loss from the FEM and BEM agree well each other throughout the frequency range of interest, while the one-dimensional analytical solution shows a reasonable agreement with the numerical predictions at lower frequencies and deviates at higher frequencies. The FEM is then used to investigate the effects of geometrical parameters and internal structure on the acoustic attenuation performance of three-pass perforated tube muffler with end-resonator.
Technical Paper

Numerical Simulation of Diesel Particulate Filters in Exhaust Systems

2011-05-17
2011-01-1559
This paper documents a finite element approach to predict the attenuation of muffler and silencer systems that incorporate diesel particulate filters (DPF). Two finite element models were developed. The first is a micro FEM model, where a subset of channels is modeled and transmission matrices are determined in a manner consistent with prior published work by Allam and Åbom. Flow effects are considered at the inlet and outlet to the DPF as well as viscous effects in the channels themselves. The results are then used in a macro FEM model of the exhaust system where the transmission relationship from the micro-model is used to simulate the DPF. The modeling approach was validated experimentally on an example in which the plane wave cutoff frequency was exceeded in the chambers upstream and downstream to the DPF.
Technical Paper

Development of Low Pressure Loop EGR System for Diesel Engines

2011-04-12
2011-01-1413
Low pressure loop (LPL) EGR systems are effective means of simultaneously reducing the NOx emissions and fuel consumption of diesel engines. Further lower emission levels can be achieved by adopting a system that combines LPL EGR with a NOx storage and reduction (NSR) catalyst. However, this combined system has to overcome the issue of combustion fluctuations resulting from changes in the air-fuel ratio due to EGR gas recirculation from either NOx reduction control or diesel particulate filter (DPF) regeneration. The aim of this research was to reduce combustion fluctuations by developing LPL EGR control logic. In order to control the combustion fluctuations caused by LPL EGR, it is necessary to estimate the recirculation time. First, recirculation delay was investigated. It was found that recirculation delay becomes longer when the LPL EGR flow rate or engine speed is low.
Journal Article

Direct Aeroacoustic Simulation of Flow Impingement Noise in an Exhaust Opening

2011-05-17
2011-01-1517
Unusual noises during vehicle acceleration often reflect poorly on customer perception of product quality and must be removed in the product development process. Flow simulation can be a valuable tool in identifying root causes of exhaust noises created due to tailpipe openings surrounded by fascia structure. This paper describes a case study where an unsteady Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation of the combined flow and acoustic radiation from an exhaust opening through fascia components provided valuable insight into the cause of an annoying flow noise. Simulation results from a coupled thermal/acoustic analysis of detailed tailpipe opening geometry were first validated with off-axis microphone spectra under wide open throttle acceleration. After studying the visualizations of unsteady flow velocity and pressure from the CFD, a problem that had proved difficult to solve by traditional “cut and try” methods was corrected rapidly.
Technical Paper

Microkinetic Modelling for Propane Oxidation in Channel Flows of a Silver-Based Automotive Catalytic Converter

2011-08-30
2011-01-2094
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is used to simulate chemical reactions and transport phenomena occurring in a single channel of a honeycomb-type automotive catalytic converter under lean burn combustion. Microkinetic analysis is adopted to develop a detailed elementary reaction mechanism for propane oxidation on a silver catalyst. Activation energies are calculated based on the theory of the Unity Bond Index-Quadratic Exponential Potential (UBI-QEP) method. The order-of-magnitude of the pre-exponential factors is obtained from Transition State Theory (TST). Sensitivity analysis is applied to identify the important elementary steps and refine the pre-exponential factors of these reactions. These pre-exponential factors depend on inlet temperatures and propane concentration; therefore optimised pre-exponential factors are written in polynomial forms. The results of numerical simulations are validated by comparison with experimental data.
Technical Paper

A new Approach in AdBlue Dosing to Improve Performance and Durability of SCR Systems for the Use in Passenger Cars up to Heavy Duty Vehicles

2011-08-30
2011-01-2095
SCR technology is becoming more and more important for the segment of diesel-driven passenger cars. Due to space and functional demands the dependency of SCR performance on a uniform supply of ammonia into the catalytic substrates is highly increased. Both an even distribution of the AdBlue® spray and a completed evaporation and decomposition of the droplets are the key to achieve the desired ammonia spread. Evaluation of the influence of spray quality on the AdBlue® decomposition and catalyst performance are leading to a new approach in dosing, using a special nozzle and air-supply strategy. The resulting new technology is evaluated and compared to the state of the art.
Technical Paper

Effect of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) on Particulate Filters of Diesel Cars

2011-08-30
2011-01-2096
When a new type of fuel is introduced, it is necessary to ensure that exhaust gas aftertreatment systems work properly with these fuels. Today diesel particulate filter (DPF) is an inherent part of current diesel engine's exhaust gas aftertreatment system due to stringent exhaust emission limits. The functioning of DPF depends on the composition of soot particulates of exhaust gas, whereas the type of soot depends on the fuel used. To avoid clogging, DPF has to be regenerated regularly. This regeneration is usually increasing fuel consumption, so the longer the regeneration interval is, the better is fuel economy. Fuel quality and engine-out particulate emissions are important factors affecting to the need of regeneration. Renewable fuels burn cleanly and produce less particulate emissions than ordinary diesel fuel. Therefore, the increase of exhaust backpressure is slower enabling longer regeneration frequency.
Journal Article

Development of Di-Air - A New Diesel deNOx System by Adsorbed Intermediate Reductants

2011-08-30
2011-01-2089
An unprecedented phenomenon that achieves high NOx conversion was found over an NSR catalyst. This phenomenon occurs when continuous short cycle injections of hydrocarbons (HCs) are supplied at a predetermined concentration in lean conditions. Furthermore, this phenomenon has a wider range of applicability for different catalyst temperatures (up to 800 degrees Celsius) and SVs, and for extending thermal and sulfur durability than a conventional NOx storage and reduction system. This paper analyzes the reaction mechanism and concludes it to be highly active HC-deNOx by intermediates generated from adsorbed NOx over the base catalysts and HCs partially oxidized by oscillated HC injection. Subsequently, a high performance deNOx system named Di-Air (diesel NOx aftertreatment by adsorbed intermediate reductants) was demonstrated that applies this concept to high speed driving cycles.
Technical Paper

Design Optimization of Non-Catalyzed DPF from Viewpoint of Back Pressure in Ash loading State

2011-08-30
2011-01-2091
Back pressure of Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) varies with accumulation of soot and/or ash. Soot can be cleaned in a high temperature oxidation (regeneration) process. But ash which is incombustible particulate matter derived from lubricant oil, engine wear, etc. cannot be cleaned from DPF without mechanical ash removal process and influences the back pressure perpetually. Design and control of DPF involving variation of the back pressure with ash accumulation will provide further improvement of fuel consumption and reliable operation in extended vehicle life time. Nevertheless, empirical investigations concerning ash accumulation are few because of the long testing time due to the slow accumulation rate, i.e. 0.5 - 2mg/mile [19]. In this investigation, four different designs of Cordierite (Cd) DPF were subjected to an accelerated ash accumulation test which is utilizing artificial ash powder.
Journal Article

HC-SCR on Silver-Based Catalyst: From Synthetic Gas Bench to Real Use

2011-08-30
2011-01-2092
The challenge for decreasing the emissions of compression ignition engines now remains mainly on NOx control. If the Lean NOx Trap (LNT) and Selective Catalytic Reduction by Urea (Urea-SCR) are very efficient, their extra-cost and management are a major issue for the OEMs. In that context, the selective catalytic reduction by hydrocarbons (HC-SCR) appears to be an interesting alternative solution, with a more limited NOx conversion efficiency but an easier packaging (diesel fuel as a reductant) and a limited price (reasonable coating cost / no PGM). In the framework of the RedNOx project, a prototype catalyst made of 2% silver on Alumina coated on cordierite was manufactured and tested on a synthetic gas bench. In parallel, an exhaust implementation study has been led to ensure the most suited conditions for injection. Thanks to SGB and simulation results, adapted engine tests have been designed and performed.
Technical Paper

Characterization of PM sampled from inside and outside of diffusion flame

2011-08-30
2011-01-2099
Characteristics of PM and its compositions inside and outside of flame were required to develop reduction technologies for combustion origin PM. In this paper, relationship between PM size distribution and compositions such as soot and soluble organic fraction (SOF) of PM sampled with filter were investigated. Number distributions of PM (30 nm-10 μm) were measured using an ELPI (Electrical Low Pressure Impactor). Dry-soot and SOF in PM that was captured an individual stage of ELPI were analyzed using a combustion type PM analyzer (MEXA-1370PM). It was clarified that nuclei mode particle included more SOF than accumulation mode particle. PM characterization showed that there were many differences between in-flame PM and out-flame PM. In-flame PM contained much of low boiling point SOF and dry-soot composition was thermally unstable. Further, similarities between SOF in PM sampled with filter and gaseous hydrocarbons passing through PM filter were discussed.
Technical Paper

Evaluation of Exhaust Particle Emissions from a DI Diesel Engine Using a Solid Particle Counting System with Direct Sampling Unit

2011-08-30
2011-01-2057
An approach for raw exhaust gas sampling, different from the conventional diluted exhaust gas sampling method, has been adopted for a solid particle counting system developed in the previous study. The system has been applied for evaluating solid particle emission from a DI diesel engine with DPF. In addition the filtration efficiency of the DPF has been tested from the real time concentrations, measured at upstream and downstream of the DPF. High accuracy and stability of measurement of the system against high exhaust gas pressure condition have been confirmed. The system response satisfies the requirement of ISO 8178-11. Excellent correlation of direct sampling and diluted gas sampling has been achieved with this system. It is found that the filtration efficiency changes during the engine test cycle and is strongly affected by the pre-conditioning of DPF.
Journal Article

Transient simulation of NOx reduction over a Fe-Zeolite catalyst in an NH3-SCR system and study of the performance under different operating conditions

2011-08-30
2011-01-2084
The NO reduction in an ammonia SCR converter has been simulated by a 1D+1D model for a single representative channel to parametrically study the characteristics of the system under typical operating conditions. An appropriate model has been selected interpreting the chemical behavior of the system and the parameters are calibrated based on a comprehensive set of experiments with an Fe-Zeolite washcoated monolith for different feed concentrations, temperatures and flow rates. Physical and chemical properties are determined as well as kinetics and rate parameters and the model has been verified by experimental data at different operating conditions. Three different mechanisms for the surface kinetics to model NO reduction have been assessed and the results have been compared in the cases of steady DeNO performance and transient response of the system. Ammonia inhibition is considered in the model since it has a major effect specifically under transient operating conditions.
Journal Article

Modelling of Soot Oxidation by NO2 in a Diesel Particulate Filter

2011-08-30
2011-01-2083
Two approaches were adopted to study soot oxidation by NO₂; firstly microreactor tests were performed on soot produced by a soot generator over a range of NO₂ concentrations and temperatures. This enabled measurement to be made under well-controlled conditions. Secondly, soot oxidation measurements were made on an engine bench to obtain data under more realistic, if less controlled, conditions. In the microreactor work NO₂ consumption by soot oxidation and the selectivity of the soot oxidation to CO and CO₂ were measured. The latter was found to vary only slightly with temperature and to be independent of NO₂ concentration. By modeling this data using a 1-dimensional model, rate equations for the soot-NO₂ reaction were determined. These were then tested against the engine data. The soot used in this study was characterized by thermogravimetric analysis, N₂ physisorption and transmission electron microscopy.
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