To clean and

decarbonise the air

AUTOMOTIVE

MOTORCYCLE

FUEL & LUBRICANTS

HEAVY DUTY

MARINE

NON ROAD

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES

CATALYST MANUFACTURERS

GENSETS

GREEN HYDROGEN PRODUCTION

E-FUEL PRODUCTION

PERSONLISED EMISSIONS DATA

SERVICES

Catalyst Ageing

Standard Bench Test (SBC)

Lean Spike / Fuel Cut

OBD limit / threshold ageing

Custom OEM Cycles

R&D ageing – high-rate poisoning / high temperature to examine washcoat

Knowledgebase Advanced Offering

‘Golden Catalyst replication’ – cloning on-road vehicle aged catalysts

Virtual testing services & modelling

PGM Thrifting Services (Precious Group Metals)

Catalyst poisoning – doping with multiple compounds

Fuel & Lubricants – understanding catalyst performance

Collaborative Research & Development Projects to Clean Air Development Partnership

Characterisation Performance Tests

Oxygen Storage Capacity Test (OSC)

Light-Off Test (Fast / Slow)

Lambda / Air Fuel Ratio Sweep (AFR)

Drive Cycle Test (WLTC)

Advanced Characterisation Services

Precious Metal Loading Measurement

Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)

Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)

X-ray diffraction

Brunauer, Emmett and Teller (BET) surface area measurements

CASE STUDY: DATA DRIVEN REPLICATION OF A CATALYST

Challenges

    • CATAGEN toolset was used to generate catalyst hardware aged equivalently to a bespoke customer ageing protocol, with the added benefit of a reduction in ageing time.
    • This can have a positive impact on the number of hours needed to age the catalyst and the associated cost reduction
    • However, we had to be sure that speeding up the process will not affect the quality of our services and our data.

Solution

    • The CATAGEN toolset, specifically the CATAGEN Ageing Metric, was used to quantify the bespoke customer ageing experience.
    • An equivalent CATAGEN ageing cycle was specified and executed with industry leading control and repeatability.

Results

    • The CATAGEN Ageing Metric was used to specify the ageing approach with a 25% time reduction over the customer cycle (295 hours vs 400+ hours).
    • We achieved it in a shorter timeframe than on the customer test bench, due to increased ageing temperatures and extended, uninterrupted ageing phases (up to 175 hours per phase  in this case).
    • Ageing was complete with high repeatability and accuracy on the OMEGA test vehicle, with catalyst equivalency validated on the customer test bench.