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Uses of a Catalytic Converter A catalytic converter is a device used to reduce the toxicity of emissions from an internal combustion engine. internal combustion engineinternal combustion engine Catalytic converters are most commonly used in motor vehicle exhaust systems. motor vehicleexhaustmotor vehicleexhaust Catalytic converters are also used on generator sets, forklifts, mining equipment, trucks, buses, trains, and other engine-equipped machines. generator forkliftstrucksbusestrainsgenerator forkliftstrucksbusestrains A catalytic converter provides an environment for a chemical reaction wherein toxic combustion by-products are converted to less-toxic substances. chemical reaction chemical reaction
Brief History of the Catalytic Converter. The catalytic converter was first invented by Eugene Houdry in the 1950’s. Eugene HoudryEugene Houdry Tetra-ethyl leadTetra-ethyl lead present in gasoline "poisoned" the converter by forming a coating on the catalyst's surface, effectively disabling it. Tetra-ethyl lead The catalytic converter was further developed by John J. Mooney and Carl D. Keith at the Engelhard Corporation, creating the first production catalytic converter in 1973. John J. MooneyCarl D. KeithEngelhard Corporation John J. MooneyCarl D. KeithEngelhard Corporation
Metal-core converter Ceramic-core converter The core is often a ceramic honeycomb in modern catalytic converters, but stainless steel foil honeycombs are used, too. ceramicstainless steelceramicstainless steel The honey-comb surface increases the amount of surface area available to support the catalyst, and therefore is often called a "catalyst support". A washcoat is used to make converters more efficient, often as a mixture of silica and alumina. silicaaluminasilicaalumina The washcoat, when added to the core, forms a rough, irregular surface, which has a far greater surface area than the flat core surfaces do, which then gives the converter core a larger surface area, and therefore more places for active precious metal sites.
The catalyst is added to the washcoat (in suspension) before being applied to the core. PlatinumPlatinum is the most active catalyst and is widely used. Platinum PalladiumPalladium and rhodium are two other precious metals used. rhodium Palladiumrhodium Platinum and rhodium are used as a reduction catalyst. Platinum and palladium are used as an oxidization catalyst. CeriumCerium, iron, manganese and nickel are also used. ironmanganesenickel Ceriumironmanganesenickel
Two Way Catalytic Converter A two-way catalytic converter has two simultaneous tasks. OxidationOxidation of carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide: 2CO + O 2 → 2CO 2 carbon monoxidecarbon dioxide Oxidationcarbon monoxidecarbon dioxide Oxidation of unburnt hydrocarbons (unburnt and partially-burnt fuel) to carbon dioxide and water: C x H (2x+2) + [(3x+1)/2] O 2 → xCO 2 + (x+1) H 2 O (a combustion reaction) water Unable to control NO x gases. NO xNO x
Three Way Catalytic Converter ReductionReduction of nitrogen oxides to nitrogen and oxygen: 2NO x → xO 2 + N 2 nitrogen oxidesnitrogen oxygen Reductionnitrogen oxidesnitrogen oxygen OxidationOxidation of carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide: 2CO + O 2 → 2CO 2 carbon monoxidecarbon dioxide Oxidationcarbon monoxidecarbon dioxide OxidationOxidation of unburnt hydrocarbons (HC) to carbon dioxide and water: C x H (2x+2) + [(3x+1)/2]O 2 → xCO 2 + (x+1)H 2 O hydrocarbonswater Oxidationhydrocarbonswater Unwanted reactions can occur in the three-way catalyst, such as the formation of odiferous hydrogen sulfide and ammonia. hydrogen sulfideammonia hydrogen sulfideammonia
Damage to Catalytic Converters Catalyst poisoningCatalyst poisoning occurs when the catalytic converter is exposed to exhaust containing substances that coat the working surfaces, encapsulating the catalyst so that it cannot contact and treat the exhaust. Catalyst poisoning The most notable contaminant is lead. lead Any condition that causes abnormally high levels of unburned hydrocarbons — raw or partially-burnt fuel — to reach the converter will tend to significantly elevate its temperature, bringing the risk of a meltdown of the substrate and resultant catalytic deactivation and severe exhaust restriction.
Negative Aspects of Catalytic Converters. Some early converter designs created a great deal of restriction to the flow of exhaust, which negatively affected vehicle performance, drivability, and fuel economy. It had been stated that catalytic converters are known in a lot of cases to have an excessively long warm-up time period, in a great deal of cases ranging up to thirty-minutes.
The Environmental Impact of Catalytic Converters Reduces fuel economy of cars resulting in a greater use of fossil fuels. Although catalytic converters are effective at removing hydrocarbons and other harmful emissions, most of exhaust gas leaving the engine through a catalytic converter is carbon dioxide (CO 2 ), which is responsible for the green house effect. Catalytic converter production requires palladium and/or platinum; part of the world supply of these precious metals is produced near the Russian city of Norilsk, where the industry (among others) has caused Norilsk to be added to Time Magazine's list of most polluted places. palladium platinumprecious metalsNorilskpalladium platinumprecious metalsNorilsk