Southwest Investigation Institute (SwRI®) demonstrated the usefulness of its patented and award-profitable CAT-DEF™ technology throughout the WCX™ Earth Congress Experience in Detroit, which took location April 5-7. The internally funded development properly diminished significant-responsibility diesel engine nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions to fulfill the California Air Methods Board (CARB) 2027 requirements.
CAT-DEF, which stands for Catalyzed Diesel Exhaust Fluid, is an SwRI-designed catalyst- and surfactant-modified diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) solution. Present-day diesel engines use selective catalytic reduction (SCR), an advanced emissions regulate program, to abate NOx emissions. DEF is injected into the exhaust stream and preferably decomposes to variety ammonia, which reacts with NOx on the SCR catalyst to kind N2 and H2O.
Even though the latest course of action is somewhat efficient at temperatures larger than 250°C, at temperatures beneath 250°C, urea-derived deposits sort within just the aftertreatment technique. These deposits severely limit minimal-temperature NOx conversion and enhance gas use as higher-temperature motor operations are essential to eliminate the deposits.
SwRI’s novel technological innovation decreases NOx and carbon dioxide emissions for diesel engines by drastically reducing unwanted deposit development in exhaust techniques.
“While DEF engineering has been utilized for a lot more than a 10 years, the greatest emissions handle efficiencies could never be realized thanks to DEF’s inclination to develop most likely destructive deposits in the exhaust program, specially when the engine is operated at small hundreds and temperatures,” stated Dr. Charles E. Roberts Jr., director of SwRI’s Business Car or truck Systems Division. “A blend of area-energetic agents and heterogenous catalysts blended into CAT-DEF minimizes deposits by 90% with prospective reductions up to 98%.”
Making use of interior funding, SwRI engineers examined the technology’s success for decreasing NOx emissions at the new criteria established by CARB — recognized for enacting stricter standards than the Environmental Protection Company — via a head-to-head comparison of diesel engines operated with and with no CAT-DEF.
“We demonstrated that employing CAT-DEF allowed an engine to meet up with or exceed future CARB 2027 NOx needs, when using conventional DEF did not satisfy the new standard,” reported SwRI Analysis Scientist Dr. Grant Seuser, a person of CAT-DEF’s principal investigators, who alongside his fellow scientists shared their results during a session on procedure integration and toughness at WCX. “Our conclusions display that DEF can now be used more than a much broader selection of motor operation, decreasing overall NOx emissions.”
SwRI’s CAT-DEF know-how is currently accessible to license. The novel innovation is backwards suitable and can be utilized in current engines as a deposit reduction remedy.
For much more data, pay a visit to https://www.swri.org/marketplace/emissions/aftertreatment-method-systems or https://www.swri.org/specialized-divisions/powertrain-engineering.