IMITEC

Integrated Material and Information Technologies for Novel Emission Control Systems       


Title of Programme
THE FIFTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
INFORMATION SOCIETIES TECHNOLOGY (IST) PROGRAMME
Financing Code for Project
IST-2001-34874
Project start year - end year 2002 - 2005
Financing organisation
EUROPEAN COMMISSION
RESEARCH DIRECTORATE-GENERAL
Cost-sharing contracts
Coordinator Aerosol and Particle Technology Laboratory (APTL)
Other partners
Johnson Matthey Technology Centre (JM)
Centro Ricerche FIAT (CRF)
Christian-Doppler-Laboratory for Applied Computational Thermofluiddynamics (CDL-ACT)
Budget / APTL Budget 3,150,000€ / 552,001€
Scientific Manager /  Project researcher
Project website
Summary

The aim of this proposal was to develop an integrated sensor platform for next-generation emission control systems such as particulate (soot) filters and nitrogen oxides converters through systems integration of micro/nano-materials technologies, virtual sensor simulation algorithms and instrumentation of emission control devices. This was in direct response not only to future market potential of these technologies, but also to explicit statements of the EC to push sensor development for such applications by 2008. After incorporating software modules with the sensor elements the integrated device was tested under realistic conditions for developing modalities and strategies for feedback control of the system. Finally, LCA/techno economic assessment for the developed technologies was carried out. 

Objectives: 
To produce multifunctional (micro fluidic/catalytic/electrochemical/electric) micro/nano-scale porous sensing elements by integrating: 

  1. A sensitive but affordable sensor platform for the detection of soot nanoparticles (detectable mass between 1-30gr/m2 of filter area) and nitrogen oxides concentrations (< 500ppm) for on-line emission monitoring of next-generation emission control devices like diesel particulate filters and deNOx converters;
  2. Robust and computationally efficient multi scale algorithms simulating the system performance, leading to the production of virtual sensors, with substantial overall system cost reduction benefits;
  3. Fundamental knowledge on the functioning performance of the new sensor platform interfaced with next generation emission control systems on state-of-the-art diesel engines. 

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European Automotive Research Partners Association (EARPA)

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European Aerosol Assembly

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International Aerosol Research Assembly

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Hellenic Association for Aerosol Research (HAAR)

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Nanotechnology Industries Association

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