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PAHs and Aerosol Carbons in the Exhaust of a Gasoline Powered Engine

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Volume: 1 | Issue: 1 | Pages: 57-67
DOI: 10.4209/aaqr.2001.06.0006
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Shui-Jen Chen 1, Wei-Jain Jian1, Yi-Chu Huang1, Chu-Chin Hsieh2, Meei-Feng Shun3, Bai-Luh Wei3

  • 1 Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, NeiPu, 91207, Pingtung, Taiwan, ROC
  • 2 Department of Environmental and Safety Engineering, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Yunlin 64002, Taiwan, ROC
  • 3 Department of Environmental Engineering and Health, Tajen Institute of Technology, Pingtung 90741, Taiwan, ROC


A Mazda E5 gasoline – powered engine operated on a dynamometer was used to investigate the PAH (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) and carbon emission. A 92–leadfree gasoline (92–LFG), a 95–leadfree gasoline (95–LFG) and a premium leaded gasoline (PLG) were used as tested fuels, Twenty one individual PAHs were analyzed by a gas chromatography/mass spectrometer (GC/MS), while the carbon composition of the aerosol samples were determined by an elemental analyzer. This study showed that the total – PAH concentration in the exhaust of 95–LFG was 1.29 and 1.33 times of magnitude higher than those of PLG and 92–LFG. With or without a catalyst converter system, the PAHs from primary sources mainly existed in the gas phase. Vehicles with a catalyst converter could reduce PAHs emission by more than 90%. In addition, it could reduce carbonaceous emission by more the 50% for total carbon (TC), 40% for elemental carbon (EC) and 60% for organic carbon (OC), respectively. The OC/EC rations were all greater than 1.0 for carbonaceous aerosols originated from the gasoline powered engine.


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