Investigations of the Impact of Biodiesel Metal Contaminants on Emissions Control Devices

Robert McCormick, D. Brookshear, M. Lance, T. Toops

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Biodiesel is a renewable fuel with the potential to displace a portion of petroleum use. However, as with any alternative fuel, in order to be a viable choice it must be compatible with the emissions control devices. The finished biodiesel product can contain up to 5 ppm Na+K and 5 ppm Ca+Mg, and these metal impurities can lead to durability issues with the devices used to control emissions in diesel vehicles. Significant work has been performed to understand how the presence of these metals impacts each individual component of diesel emissions control systems, and this chapter summarizes the findings of these research efforts.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationCatalysis
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 29
EditorsJames J. Spivey, Yi-Fan Han
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781782629566
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

ISSN (Print)0140-0568
ISSN (Electronic)1465-1920

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© The Royal Society of Chemistry 2017.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CH-5400-68258


  • biodiesel
  • durability
  • emissions control devices
  • impurities


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