Driving down on-highway particulate emissions

D. B. Kittelson, W. F. Watts, J. P. Johnson, C. J. Rowntree, S. P. Goodier, M. J. Payne, W. H. Preston, C. P. Warrens, M. Ortiz, U. Zink, C. Goersmann, M. V. Twigg, A. P. Walker

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It has been reported that particulate emissions from diesel vehicles could be associated with damaging human health, global warming and a reduction in air quality. These particles cover a very large size range, typically 3 to 10 000 nm. Filters in the vehicle exhaust systems can substantially reduce particulate emissions but until very recently it was not possible to directly characterise actual on-road emissions from a vehicle. This paper presents the first study of the effect of filter systems on the particulate emissions of a heavy-duty diesel vehicle during real-world driving. The presence of sulfur in the fuel and in the engine lubricant can lead to significant emissions of sulfate particles < 30 nm in size (nanoparticles). We have demonstrated that when using low sulfur fuel in combination with a uniquely formulated low sulfur lubricant and a suitable filter system that the particulate emissions of a heavy-duty vehicle were reduced to the levels already present in the ambient environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSAE Technical Papers
StatePublished - 2006
Event2006 SAE World Congress - Detroit, MI, United States
Duration: Apr 3 2006Apr 6 2006


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