Stochastic modeling and prediction of catalytic converters degradation

Stefano Barone, Giorgio, Guida, Guida, Pulcini

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This paper proposes a stochastic model for describing the degradation process of catalyticconverters over time, where the degradation is indirectly measured through the emission of complex hydrocarbons(HC) in legislated driving cycles. The proposed model is the superposition of two processes, the former beinga dependent increments process which describes the actual degradation process, and the latter a white noiseprocess which models the experimental errors. In particular, the proposed model assumes that the degradationgrowth in a small usage interval depends on the degradation level at the beginning of the interval, rather than onthe age of the converter. The model has been applied to the real case of catalytic converters mounted on threecopies of a vehicle prototype used for a development test program at the Elasis Research Center. Inferentialprocedures and prediction results are presented and discussed in the last part of the paper.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSafety, Reliability and Risk Analysis: Theory, Methods and Applications
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Safety Research

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