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Investigations of the impact of biodiesel metal contaminants on emissions control devices

Biodiesel is a renewable fuel with the potential to displace a portion of petroleum use. However, as with any alternative fuel, in order to be a viable choice it must be compatible with the emissions control devices. The finished biodiesel product can contain up to 5 ppm Na+K and 5 ppm Ca+Mg, and these metal impurities can lead to durability issues with the devices used to control emissions in diesel vehicles. Significant work has been performed to understand how the presence of these metals impacts each individual component of diesel emissions control systems, and this chapter summarizes the findings of these research efforts.

Print publication date: 27 Feb 2017
Copyright year: 2017
Print ISBN: 978-1-78262-956-6
PDF eISBN: 978-1-78801-063-4
ePub eISBN: 978-1-78801-144-0