Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has been selected to evaluate the emissions control technology on four 2007 diesel engines.
Scientists are studying how these engines perform in the laboratory using ultra-low sulfur diesel. The goal is to determine how well these engines meet 2007 Environmental Protection Agency emissions regulations for diesel engines.
SwRI researchers are performing benchmarking studies on the light, heavy duty Cummins ISB diesel engine from a 2007 Dodge Ram pickup truck.
The institute will also evaluate three heavy, heavy-duty diesel engines. They are the Caterpillar C15, Cummins ISX and the Volvo D13. The institute has already benchmarked 10 other diesel engines and has access to that data for comparative purposes.
"We are looking at these engines because they represent a new level of emissions control technology," says Mike Ross, a program manager in the engine, emissions and vehicle research division of SwRI.
"Currently, engine manufacturers individually perform competitive engine benchmarking. SwRI's program offers a cost-effective method for obtaining reliable data by pooling resources," Ross adds.
SwRI is an independent research and development organization that provides third-party testing services for engines.