Fundamentals of Catalytic Converter Integration for Emission Control Web Seminar RePlay

I.D.# PD331142ON
Access Period: 30 Days
Duration: 8 Hours

This four session course will explore the main elements of the catalytic converter: the catalyst, the honeycomb, and the housing. Session One will cover catalyst fundamentals to equip participants with the basic concepts, important design parameters and main elements of the catalyst, the washcoat and the unitary support. The second session will add discussion on catalyst durability and the effects of in-use on the maintenance of catalyst performance. The third and fourth sessions will explore the ceramic honeycomb as an integral part of emissions control device.
Catalytic emission controls is a key design element of all commercial engines today, whether for autos, trucks, small engines or lawnmowers. Stringent emissions legislation and the advent of low-sulfur fuels have led to new developments to meet the 120,000 vehicle mile durability for passenger cars and 300,000 vehicle mile durability for trucks and buses. Catalytic converter design has become a high priority issue with the new more stringent regulations worldwide.

The instructors recommend their book with Robert Farrauto, Catalyic Air Pollution Control: Commerical Technology, 3rd Edition, as a supplement to the course content.

Is this Web Seminar RePlay for You?

This course will be especially valuable for engineers and others involved in the design, operation and calibration of an emission control system for both mobile and stationary source applications. This includes automobiles, trucks, buses, ships, locomotives, stationary engines, small engines, etc. Participants will be equipped to be conversant in catalysis, the key elements, acronyms, preparation on honeycomb supports, key accelerating aging tests, key performance tests, key issues with in-use, important design parameters and the questions to ask of catalyst suppliers to assist in meeting future emission regulations for all powerplants.

This course is designed for mechanical, metallurgical and chemical engineers, materials scientists, and chemists involved in heterogeneous catalysis, who are interested in handling, assembling, and failure analysis of catalytic converters. Participants should have a basic familiarity with automotive emissions for gasoline engines, diesel engines or off-road applications will prove valuable for participants.

This course is designed to cover the entire breath of education and experience backgrounds. For instance, it would help the newly hired engineer working in catalytic emissions controls as well as the seasoned veteran who just transferred to the emission control group.

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0.8 CEUs


By participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Define catalysis and identify catalyst acronyms
  • Describe in-use issues
  • Question catalyst suppliers
  • Interpret basic test procedures for catalyst evaluation and cite key elements in catalyst design
  • Define honeycomb substrate, the key properties of honeycomb structure, and the performance parameters in terms of cell dimensions
  • Validate performance parameters with measured performance
  • Describe test methods relevant to in-use conditions


Session 1

  • Brief historical background
  • Fundamentals of catalysis
  • Definition of catalyst and the characteristics of catalysis
  • Catalytic reactions
  • Catalyst preparation, characterization, and durability
  • Reaction controlling mechanisms
  • Calculating Onboard Energy Storage Needs
Session 2
Catalyst Durability
  • Aging protocols
  • Sintering concept and in-use examples
  • Masking concept and in-use examples
  • Poisoning concept and in-use examples
  • Attrition concept and in-use examples
  • Consequences of durability on performance
  • Charging Systems for Electric Vehicles
Session 3
Honeycomb Substrates
  • Ceramic substrates
  • Metallic substrates
  • Geometric properties
  • Performance parameters
  • Physical properties
  • Effect of high surface area washcoat
Session 4
Honeycomb In-Use Durability
  • Canning loads and mechanical stresses
  • Temperature gradients in transverse direction
  • Thermal stresses in washcoated honeycombs
  • Allowable stress for lifetime durability

Instructor(s): Ronald Heck and Suresh T. Gulati

Dr. Ron Heck is currently an independent consultant. Prior to that, Ron was a research manager responsible for developing catalyst technology for Engelhard Corporation. He has worked on the development of catalytic processes in SCR NOx, NSCR NOx, automotive catalyst, diesel catalyst, PremAirTM catalyst systems, hydrogenation technology, ozone abatement, volatile organic compound abatement, ammonia oxidation, chemical feedstock purification and chemical synthesis. Ron is a member of American Men and Women of Science and Who's Who in Technology Today. He is an SAE Fellow and a recipient of the SAE Forest R. McFarland. He was a co-instructor for courses for the SAE in automotive emission control catalysis and diesel emission control catalysis. He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Strategic Environmental R&D Program for environmental studies in the Department of Defense. Ron has been involved in over 80 publications in commercial applications of catalysts and holds 36 U.S. patents on catalytic processes. He is the co-author of the book with Dr. Farrauto entitled"Catalytic Air Pollution Control: Commercial Technology" and is the former co-editor of the NewsBrief section of Applied Catalysis B: Environmental. Ron and his former research team from Engelhard received the 2004 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award from R&D Council of New Jersey for the invention of close coupled catalyst technology for ultra low emission gasoline vehicles. Ron received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Suresh Gulati was a Research Fellow in the Science and Technology Division of Corning Inc. where he specialized in the behavior of glass, glass-ceramics and ceramics subjected to mechanical and thermal loads, their fatigue and fracture properties and their long-term reliability. He is a member of American Men and Women of Science and Who's Who in Technology Today. Dr. Gulati is the author of over 200 publications in the area of ceramic catalyst supports, fiber optics, liquid crystal display glasses, cathode ray tubes, space windows, automotive windshields, and stepper lenses made from high purity fused silica. Before joining Corning, he held positions with Cornell University, the University of Colorado, and Continental Can Company. Dr. Gulati has a Ph.D. in applied mechanics from the University of Colorado, an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Illinois Tech and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Bombay, India.

Materials Provided

  • Thirty days of online single-user access (from date of purchase) to the four session, approximately eight hour, recorded presentation
  • Course workbook (downloadable, .pdf's)
  • Online learning assessment
  • Instructor follow up to your content questions
  • .8 CEUs* (with satisfactory assessment score)
*SAE International is authorized by IACET to offer CEUs for this course.

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Equipment Requirements

  • Windows 7, 8 (Apple OSX and Unix/Linux are not supported but may work)
  • Pentium 4 PC
  • Minimum 512 MB RAM; recommended 1 GB RAM
  • Internet Explorer 10-11, Mozilla Firefox 37 , Google Chrome 42 (Safari and Opera are not supported)
  • Broadband-1Mbps minimum

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