Characteristics of SME biodiesel-fueled diesel particle emissions and the kinetics of oxidation

Heejung Jung, David B. Kittelson, Michael R. Zachariah

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Biodiesel is one of the most promising alternative diesel fuels. As diesel emission regulations have become more stringent, the diesel particulate filter (DPF) has become an essential part of the aftertreatment system. Knowledge of kinetics of exhaust particle oxidation for alternative diesel fuels is useful in estimating the change in regeneration behavior of a DPF with such fuels. This study examines the characteristics of diesel particulate emissions as well as kinetics of particle oxidation using a 1996 John Deere T04045TF250 off-highway engine and 100% soy methyl ester (SME) biodiesel (B100) as fuel. Compared to standard D2 fuel, this B100 reduced particle size, number, and volume in the accumulation mode where most of the particle mass is found. At 75% load, number decreased by 38%, DGN decreased from 80 to 62 nm, and volume decreased by 82%. Part of this decrease is likely associated with the fact that the particles were more easily oxidized. Arrhenius parameters for the biodiesel fuel showed a 2-3 times greater frequency factor and ∼6 times higher oxidation rate compared to regular diesel fuel in the range of 700-825 °C. The faster oxidation kinetics should facilitate regeneration when used with a DPF.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4949-4956
Number of pages8
JournalEnvironmental Science and Technology
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 15 2006


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