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Evaluation of the emissions from low-sulfur and biodiesel fuel used in a heavy-duty diesel truck during on-road operation

Citation:

KINSEY, J. S., Y. DONG, C. WILLIAMS, AND R. LOGAN. Evaluation of the emissions from low-sulfur and biodiesel fuel used in a heavy-duty diesel truck during on-road operation. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-09/078, 2009.

Impact/Purpose:

EPA report

Description:

In October of 2004, EPA's National Risk Management Research Laboratory investigated the emissions from diesel powered tractor-trailer operating along a highway at near-zero grade. In place of a dynamometer and standard dilution tunnel, the Diesel Emissions Aerosol Laboratory (DEAL) was used to sample both the exhaust plume of the truck and the background environment. The primary thrust of the research was to compare the truck's emissions when using low sulfur (15 ppm) diesel fuel with those when using a 20% soy-based biodiesel blend (B20). These comparisons were made for two speeds (56 and 105 km/h) and load conditions--2l,350 and 33,850 kg gross vehicle weight (GVW). The highway traversed during the bulk of the measurements was a level section of US-70 in eastern North Carolina. After 20 days of primary experiments was completed, an additional two days were spent driving a section of Virginia's 1-77 between Exits1and 8, to investigate the effect of road grade diesel emissions. The DEAL was instrumented to measure total hydrocarbons (THC), carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (C02), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), fine particulate matter (PM-2.5--PM with an aerodynamic diameter equal to or less than 2.5 um) and the chemical composition of selected gas- and particle-phase air pollutants. Using B20 in place of the base fuel reduced nearly all emissions under nearly all combinations of speed and GVW examined, but the greatest reduction was in PM emission factors. At the higher GVW and 56 km/h, using B20 reduced emissions of NO x by 9%, CO by 8%, THC by 20%, and PM by 68% compared with the base fuel. At the lower GVW and 105 km/h, using B20 reduced emissions of NO x by 5%, CO by 13%, THC by 18%, and PM by 19% compared with the base fuel. Changes in GVW at a given speed and fuel type had a smaller effect on emissions than changes in speed for a given load and fuel type. With regard to chemical composition, both black carbon and particle-phase polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons decreased at all speed and load conditions when using B20 in place of the base fuel. Also, B20 produced less C17-C3l alkanes when compared to the base fuel.

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EVALUATION OF THE EMISSIONS FROM LOW-SULFUR AND BIODIESEL FUEL USED IN A HEAVY-DUTY DIESEL TRUCK DURING ON-ROAD OPERATION

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Abstract

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PUBLISHED REPORT/REPORT)
Product Published Date: 09/09/2009
Record Last Revised: 07/14/2011
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 212544

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT RESEARCH LABORATORY

AIR POLLUTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL DIVISION

EMISSIONS CHARACTERIZATION AND PREVENTION BRANCH