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Impact of FAME Content on the Regeneration Frequency of Diesel Particulate Filters (DPFs)
- Dimitris Katsaounis - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki ,
- Christos Samaras - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki ,
- Savas Geivanidis - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki ,
- Zissis Samaras - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki ,
- Kenneth Rose - Concawe ,
- Heather Hamje - Concawe ,
- Liesbeth Jansen - Concawe ,
- Corrado Fittavolini - Concawe ,
- Richard Clark - Concawe ,
- Maria Dolores Cardenas Almena - Concawe
ISSN: 1946-3952, e-ISSN: 1946-3960
Published April 01, 2014 by SAE International in United States
Citation: Rose, K., Hamje, H., Jansen, L., Fittavolini, C. et al., "Impact of FAME Content on the Regeneration Frequency of Diesel Particulate Filters (DPFs)," SAE Int. J. Fuels Lubr. 7(2):563-570, 2014, https://doi.org/10.4271/2014-01-1605.
Modern diesel vehicles utilize two technologies, one fuel based and one hardware based, that have been motivated by recent European legislation: diesel fuel blends containing Fatty Acid Methyl Esters (FAME) and Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF). Oxygenates, like FAME, are known to reduce PM formation in the combustion chamber and reduce the amount of soot that must be filtered from the engine exhaust by the DPF. This effect is also expected to lengthen the time between DPF regenerations and reduce the fuel consumption penalty that is associated with soot loading and regeneration.
This study investigated the effect of FAME content, up to 50% v/v (B50), in diesel fuel on the DPF regeneration frequency by repeatedly running a Euro 5 multi-cylinder bench engine over the European regulatory cycle (NEDC) until a specified soot loading limit had been reached. The results verify the expected reduction of engine-out particulate mass (PM) emissions with increasing FAME content and the reduction in fuel economy penalty associated with reducing the frequency of DPF regenerations. Fuel dilution measurements on lubricant samples taken from the engine sump showed that the FAME content in the engine lubricant increases with higher FAME contents in the fuel blend.