AUSTRALIAN EXPERIENCE WITH LEAD CATCHMENT DEVICES

Energy conservation has become one of the principal concerns of the industrialised nations in recent years. International efforts have been and are being especially directed towards liquid hydrocarbons as is instanced by current programs within the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (O.E.C.D.) and the International Energy Agency (I.E.A.) in both of which Australia is a member. The addition of lead alkyls to petrol provides energy savings in the refinery and a potential for fuel savings in the vehicle. Control of lead emissions through the use of lead catchment devices on vehicles is shown to be a viable and effective alternative to reductions of lead in petrol. Of the piece lcd demonstration fleet of 26 vehicles, twelve vehicles (the baseline fleet) have been closely monitored for gaseous and lead emissions, fuel consumption, exhaust back pressure and noise. Individual vehicles in the baseline fleet have completed 40,000 km with minimal problems and no apparent effect on vehicle performance. One vehicle has covered 80,000 km and another 60,000 km. This paper collates the reasons for the oil industry's interest in lcd, the design concepts of the demonstration, the testing procedures employed and the test data obtained. (TRRL)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Motor Vehicle Emissions, Ozone and Energy Seminar, Melbourne, 25th July 1979, and Sydney, 1st August 1979, Proceedings.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Australian Institute of Petroleum, Limited

    227 Collins Street
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000,   Australia 
  • Publication Date: 1979

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 80-124

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00324588
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM