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Reduction of Toxic Pollutants Emitted from Heavy-duty Diesel Vehicles by Deploying Diesel Particulate Filters

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Volume: 11 | Issue: 6 | Pages: 709-715
DOI: 10.4209/aaqr.2011.05.0058
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Lien-Te Hsieh1, Edward Ming-Yang Wu 2, Lin-Chi Wang 3,4, Guo-Ping Chang-Chien3,4, Yen-Fu Yeh5,6

  • 1 Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, 1 Shieh-Fu Rd., Pingtung 91207, Taiwan, R.O.C.
  • 2 Department of Civil and Ecological Engineering, I-Shou University, No.1,Sec. 1, Syuecheng Road, Kaohsiung, 840, Taiwan, R.O.C.
  • 3 Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Cheng Shiu University, 840, Chengching Road, Kaohsiung 833, Taiwan, R.O.C.
  • 4 Super Micro Mass Research and Technology Center, Cheng Shiu University, 840, Chengching Road, Kaohsiung 833, Taiwan, R.O.C.
  • 5 Department of Environmental Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, 1, University Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan, R.O.C.
  • 6 Sustainable Environment Research Centre, National Cheng Kung University, 1, University Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan, R.O.C.


In this study, the emission characteristics of PCDD/Fs, PCBs and PBDEs from heavy-duty diesel vehicles, and the reduction of these above toxic pollutants by deploying three kinds of diesel particulate filters (DPFs), that is, mobile metal filter plus catalyzed diesel particulate filter (MMF + CDPF), diesel oxidation catalysts (DOC) + CDPF and partial diesel particulate filter (PDPF) were investigated. The tested vehicles were maintained at 60 km/h for 10 minutes on a standard chassis dynamometer. The results show that vehicles with greater mileage had higher PCDD/Fs, PCB and PBDE concentrations in the exhaust. After the tested vehicles were equipped with DPFs, some trials showed the formation of PCDD/Fs and PCBs occurring inside the DPF. This could be due to the de novo and precursor formation resulting from the combined effects of the accumulated particulate in the DPFs, favorable temperature and longer retention time for the exhaust. The PDPF exhibited the largest reduction in these toxic pollutants emitted from HDDVs, which reached 83.9%–95.3% on mass basis, and 54.2%–71.9% on toxicity basis. However, significant differences existed among the trials of these three DPFs, revealing that the influential factors for the reduction of these toxic pollutants could be more complex than those for reduction of particulate matter.


Diesel particulate filters PBDEs PCDD/Fs PCBs Heavy-duty diesel vehicles

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