Title: Assessment of different technical options in reducing particle emissions from gasoline direct injection vehicles
Authors: MAMAKOS AthanasiosMARTINI GiorgioMAROTTA AlessandroMANFREDI Urbano
Citation: JOURNAL OF AEROSOL SCIENCE vol. Volume 63 p. Pages 115–125
Publication Year: 2013
JRC N°: JRC81746
ISSN: 0021-8502
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0021850213001328
DOI: 10.1016/j.jaerosci.2013.05.004
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: We assessed three different technical approaches to tackle Particle Number (PN) emissions from stoichiometric direct injection gasoline vehicles under both regulated and unregulated conditions. The most efficient measure was found to be the installation of a gasoline particulate filter which, with a filtration efficiency of more than 90%, effectively reduced the PN emission below the legislated diesel threshold of 6×1011 #/km, under all operating conditions examined. The use of 75-85% ethanol/gasoline blends on a flexi fuel vehicle resulted in large reductions in PN emissions, which spanned from approximately 20-35% under urban driving to an excess of 95% at motorway conditions. The emission performance of a Euro 4 vehicle utilizing a twin port/direct injection system verified the PN reduction potential offered by such strategies, exhibiting emissions in the 3 7×1011 #/km range over all hot-start tests. The fraction of nano-sized non-volatile particles that could not be detected with the legislated PN measurement procedure ranged between 10-35%, that is within the levels reported for late technology diesel vehicles (Mamakos et al., 2012. Journal of Aerosol Science, 55:31-47). The study also provided evidence of volatile artefact interference downstream of the volatile particle remover when employing condensation particle counters with a cut-off size below the legislated 23 nm.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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