Measurement of oxygen storage capacity in automotive catalysts

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There is considerable disagreement in the literature on available oxygen storage capacity, and on the reaction rates associated with the storage process, for three-way automotive catalysts. This paper seeks to address the issue of oxygen storage capacity in a clear and precise manner. The work described involved a detailed investigation of oxygen storage capacity in typical samples of automotive catalysts. The capacity has also been precisely defined and estimates have been made of the specific capacity based on catalyst dimensions. A purpose-built miniature catalyst test rig has been assembled to allow measurement of the capacity and the experimental procedure has been developed to ensure accurate measurement. The measurements from the first series of experiments have been compared with the theoretical calculations and good agreement is seen. A second series of experiments allowed the effect of temperature on oxygen storage capacity to be investigated. This work shows very clearly the large variation of the capacity with temperature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)727-733
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering
Volume217 (D8)
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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