Engines and nanoparticles: A review

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Most of the particle number emitted by engines is in the nanoparticle range, D(p) < 50 nm, while most of the mass is in the accumulation mode, 50 nm < D(p) < 1000 nm, range. Nanoparticles are typically hydrocarbons or sulfate and form by nucleation during dilution and cooling of the exhaust, while accumulation mode particles are mainly carbonaceous soot agglomerates formed directly by combustion. Emission standards on diesel engines have led to dramatic reductions in particle mass emitted. However, a new HEI study shows that some low-emission diesel engines emit much higher concentrations of nanoparticles than older designs and other low-emission designs. Many recent studies suggest that at similar mass concentrations; nanometer size particles are more dangerous than micron size particles. This has raised questions about whether nanoparticle (number based) emission standards should be imposed. Unlike mass, number is not conserved. It may change dramatically by nucleation and coagulation during dilution and sampling, making it very difficult to design a standard. Furthermore, if nanoparticles are a problem, spark ignition engines may also have to be controlled.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)575-588
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Aerosol Science
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Jun 1 1998


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