Accounting for exhaust gas transport dynamics in instantaneous emission models via smooth transition regression

Yiannis Kamarianakis, H. Oliver Gao

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Collecting and analyzing high frequency emission measurements has become very usual during the past decade as significantly more information with respect to formation conditions can be collected than from regulatedbagmeasurements. Achallenging issue for researchers is the accurate time-alignment between tailpipe measurements and engine operating variables. An alignment procedure should take into account both the reaction time of the analyzers and the dynamics of gas transport in the exhaust and measurement systems. This paper discusses a statistical modeling framework that compensates for variable exhaust transport delay while relating tailpipe measurements with engine operating covariates. Specifically it is shown that some variants of the smooth transition regression model allow for transport delays that vary smoothly as functions of the exhaust flow rate. These functions are characterized by a pair of coefficients that can be estimated via a least-squares procedure. The proposed models can be adapted to encompass inherent nonlinearities that were implicit in previous instantaneous emissions modeling efforts. This article describes the methodologyandpresentsanillustrative application which uses data collected from a diesel bus under real-world driving conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1320-1326
Number of pages7
JournalEnvironmental Science and Technology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry


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