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Investigating the engine behavior of a hybrid vehicle and its impact on regulated emissions during on-road testing.

This paper presents the emissions results and operational behavior of two hybrid vehicles over EU legislative Real Driving Emissions (RDE) and other on-road testing cycles. The behavior of one hybrid vehicle during real world driving is investigated, including analyses of air-fuel ratio and catalyst temperature changes, in order to elucidate the reasons for the emissions results seen in the other hybrid vehicle over an RDE cycle. It was observed that the catalyst cooled down over time when the hybrid vehicle SI (Spark Ignition) engine was turned off, meaning that when the engine restarted the catalyst efficiency was decreased until it was able to light-off once again. This leads to increases in the tailpipe emissions of CO, NOx and hydrocarbons after the engine restarts. In addition to this problem, the engine restarts demanded fuel enrichment, which resulted in incomplete combustion and further increases in CO and PN emissions.
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Comparison of Particulate PAH Emissions for Diesel, Biodiesel and Cooking Oil using a Heavy Duty DI Diesel Engine

An investigation was conducted into particulate PAH emissions from a heavy duty DI diesel engine using; a typical diesel fuel, 100% methyl ester derived from waste cooking oils, and 100% rapeseed oil supplied as fresh cooking oil. This study quantifies the particulate PAH levels emitted at two steady state load conditions, with comparison of the oxidation catalyst efficiency for the main species identified. The engine used was a 6 cylinder, turbocharged, intercooled Perkins Phaser engine, with emission compliance of EURO 2. Particulate samples were also analysed for VOF and carbon content. Both biofuels resulted in reductions in the most abundant particulate PAH species, particularly at the lower load condition. Larger species such as Benzo(a)anthracene, chrysene, benzo(b)fluoranthene and benzo (k)fluoranthene were detectable for all fuels upstream of the catalyst but were oxidized to near or below detection limits downstream of the catalyst.
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Application of a Portable FTIR for Measuring On-road Emissions

The objective of this work was the development of an on-road in-vehicle emissions measurement technique utilizing a relatively new, commercial, portable Fourier Transform Infra-Red (FTIR) Spectrometer capable of identifying and measuring (at approximately 3 second intervals) up to 51 different compounds. The FTIR was installed in a medium class EURO1 spark ignition passenger vehicle in order to measure on-road emissions. The vehicle was also instrumented to allow the logging of engine speed, road speed, global position, throttle position, air-fuel ratio, air flow and fuel flow in addition to engine, exhaust and catalyst temperatures. This instrumentation allowed the calculation of mass-based emissions from the volume-based concentrations measured by the FTIR. To validate the FTIR data, the instrument was used to measure emissions from an engine subjected to a real-world drive cycle using an AC dynamometer.