UCR scientists to study effects of ethanol in automobile exhaust and emissions

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) Two scientists at UC Riverside's College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) have been awarded more than $800,000 from the Coordinating Research Council, Inc., for a one-year study to better understand the impact of fuel properties on emissions for gasoline blends containing ethanol. The researchers, Drs. Tom Durbin and J. Wayne Miller, were awarded the grant for their proposal "Effects of Ethanol and Volatility Parameters on Exhaust and Evaporative Emissions."

In the past decade, to create cleaner burning gasoline, various compounds have been added to fuel to reduce emissions. California petroleum processing plants are in the process of phasing out the blending of MTBE into gasoline and are beginning to introduce fuel blends containing ethanol.

The objective of the research project by Durbin and Miller is to generate information that can be used to better predict the effects of ethanol content and gasoline volatility parameters on exhaust emissions from the newest vehicles that meet current and upcoming emissions standards.

"This research is important especially now because ethanol is going to play an important role in the blending and supply of gasoline in California and elsewhere throughout the country," said Durbin, associate research engineer at CE-CERT.

Durbin and Miller will test a total of twelve fuels containing various concentrations of ethanol using a fleet of twelve commercial vehicles with advanced emission control technologies. The test fleet will include vehicles ranging from Low-Emission Vehicle (LEV) to Super-Ultra-Low-Emission Vehicle (SULEV) certification. Testing will include regulated emissi

Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
University of California - Riverside

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