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Investigation using simulations for the development of low cost catalytic converter from non-precious metals

Mohiuddin, A. K. M. and Rahman, Mohammed Ataur (2012) Investigation using simulations for the development of low cost catalytic converter from non-precious metals. Advanced Materials Research, 445. pp. 899-904. ISSN 1662-8985

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This paper discusses the uses of non-precious metals in catalytic converters to bring down the cost without sacrificing the performance capability. Copper powder and nickel catalyst were chosen as the alternative catalysts to reduce the use of precious group metals (PGMs) platinum, palladium, and rhodium. Simulation by COMSOL has shown that Nickel and copper were very effective in reducing NOx during rich condition of air-fuel mixture while oxidizing CO and HC during lean condition. Simulations using FLUENT and COMSOL have shown the actual characteristics of the catalytic converter performance. The flow throughout catalytic converter and the backpressure have successfully determined. Furthermore, catalyst conversion efficiency also has been shown clearly. On the other hands, the experimental results have excellently validated the simulation results in terms of the nature and trends of the catalytic converter performance as well as its efficiency. Catalyst distribution and application of the non-zoning monolith substrates have further contributes to cut down the production cost. It was found that the low cost catalytic converter was able to meet the EURO 2 emission regulation control and has optimum backpressure at full throttle.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 3628/22195
Uncontrolled Keywords: Catalytic converter, precious metals, monolith substrate, washcoat, performance capability
Subjects: T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics > TL1 Motor vehicles
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Mechanical Engineering
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. A K M Mohiuddin
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2012 10:05
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2012 10:05
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/22195

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