Delphi Introduces New High-Pressure SCR Systems for NOx Treatment; Initial Target Passenger Cars and Light Commercial Vehicles

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Components of the Delphi SCR system. Click to enlarge.

Delphi has introduced a new selective catalytic reduction (SCR) NOx control technology for diesel engines that improves the performance, packaging and long-term reliability of the SCR system as well as reduces vehicle CO2 emissions by up to 1 g/km over any comparable system, according to the company.

By injecting aqueous urea solution into a SCR system at up to four times the pressure of previous systems—which allows the catalyst to be close-coupled to the engine—Delphi says it has solved many of the issues associated with other SCR systems.

Currently applicable to passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, the technology is also being developed with higher flows to suit medium- and heavy-duty diesels. The system consists of three basic modules:

  • The SCR doser (an injector with integrated high pressure pump) is mounted in the exhaust line just ahead of the SCR catalyst and injects the urea solution at 20 bar (290 psi) directly into the exhaust stream.

  • The solution is supplied to the injector by a low pressure pump within the Urea Delivery Module (UDM) in the remote urea tank.

  • The third element of the system is the electronics and software used to control the dosing subsystem.

The high pressure of the dosing injector, combined with an innovative insulation arrangement, prevents the urea solution from boiling within the doser, allowing its tip to be directly exposed to the hot exhaust. This architecture puts more energy into the urea spray which requires less mixing energy from the exhaust and eliminates deposit formation at the nozzle tip. It also ensures consistent spray performance over the entire life of the system.

The performance of the Delphi doser allows exhaust designers to move the SCR catalyst closer to the engine which in turn reduces CO2, as catalyst heating and light-off strategies can be reduced.

Unlike alternative systems that use timed injector opening, the Delphi system uses a positive displacement solenoid pump that delivers an accurate, metered quantity of urea through the injector, regardless of supply pressure, throughout the lifetime of the system.

As an experienced diesel fuel injection supplier, Delphi has the ideal combination of design and high-volume precision manufacturing expertise necessary to develop this new system. In total, we now have 52 SCR patents and another 20 applications pending.

—Peter Spadafora, Delphi product team leader, SCR Systems

Additionally, the Urea Delivery Module (UDM) can be customized to integrate the functions of urea level sensing, lifetime filtration, heating for defrosting in winter and a delivery pump, packaging conveniently into the base of the tank. The delivery pump is only required to pressurize the urea solution to prevent boiling in the feed lines.

The modular architecture of the main system elements simplifies installation into the vehicle and offers flexibility to individual vehicle manufacturers. Depending upon customer preference, Delphi can provide either a Dosing Control Unit, a simple Heater Control Module or just the software and electrical interface specifications to control the dosing sub-system. Where required, Delphi can also provide system services to specify and calibrate the dosing sub-system.

Delphi’s high pressure SCR dosing system will help vehicle manufacturers meet stricter NOx requirements such as EU6, Tier 2 bin 5 and corresponding Japanese regulations while improving CO2 emissions and minimizing overall system cost.

—Peter Spadafora

The first production application of the Delphi SCR system is scheduled for introduction in 2012.


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