(233a) Modeling Nox Storage on Pt-Ba/Alumina Catalysts

Cao, L. - Presenter, Abbott Laboratories
Kromer, B. R. - Presenter, Purdue University
Cumaranatunge, L. - Presenter, Purdue University
Mulla, S. - Presenter, Purdue University
Ratts, J. L. - Presenter, Purdue University
Delgass, W. N. - Presenter, Purdue University
Ribeiro, F. H. - Presenter, Purdue University
Yezerets, A. - Presenter, Cummins Inc.

The NOx storage-reduction (NSR) process, first commercialized
for diesel applications by Toyota, is a promising way to reduce nitrogen oxides
(i.e. NO and NO2) emission from diesel and lean burn gasoline
engines. The NSR process is operated alternately under lean and rich conditions,
where NOx is stored on the catalyst under lean conditions and subsequently
converted to nitrogen under rich conditions. The goal of this research is to
develop a kinetic model that can help understand the NOx storage mechanism on
NSR catalytic systems and predict their performance.

Experiments for NO oxidation and NOx storage were carried out
in a plug flow reactor (PFR) with a Pt/BaO/Al2O3 monolith
catalyst. This plug flow, monolithic reactor was modeled by using a transient,
1-dimensional, two phase approximation. External and internal diffusion within
the washcoat were also incorporated into the model. The kinetic part of the
model includes the rate expression for NO oxidation on Pt sites and the
irreversible adsorption of NO2 and NO on BaO and Al2O3
sites, respectively. The resulting differential equations were solved by the
finite element method using FEMLAB®.
Model predictions of the outlet gas concentrations were fit to experimental
data by coupling the FEMLAB® model with a nonlinear least-squares
optimization function in MATLAB®. The NO oxidation model, based on
the kinetics measured from a separate study in our laboratory, was shown to
agree well with the experimental observation on a Pt/Al2O3
catalyst within a wide temperature and concentration range (240-320oC,
100-500 ppm NO, 3-25% O2, 25-300 ppm NO2). The
breakthrough curves of total NOx under different conditions have an asymmetric shape,
indicating the existence of different time scale processes. Two possible models
were proposed to explain the adsorption of NOx on NSR catalyst: 1) A 2-sites in
parallel model, which includes a fast adsorption site corresponding to BaO
close to Pt and a slow adsorption site accounting for isolated BaO, and 2) A 2-sites
in series model, which involves a "surface" BaO site that can uptake NOx quickly
and a "bulk" BaO site accounting for the bulk diffusion of barium nitrate from
the surface to the bulk. Both of these models were found to be capable of
explaining the NOx breakthrough curves at different temperatures from 150oC
to 300oC. These models were further validated by comparing model
predictions of the NOx breakthrough curves with experimental data under
different inlet NO2 concentrations for a given temperature.

Both the 2-sites in parallel and 2-sites in series model,
coupled with the adsorption kinetics assuming an NO2
disproportionation mechanism (i.e., release of one molecule of NO for the consumption
of three molecules of NO2), agree well with the experimental breakthrough
curves of NO2 and NO when feeding NO2 only to the
Pt/BaO/Al2O3 catalyst. Again, the validation of these two
models was tested by predicting experimental NO2 and NO breakthrough
curves under different inlet NO2 concentrations.