TABLE D-1 USCAR Consortia Alignment with PNGV Goals


Consortia Goal

Aligned PNGV Goal

1995 Accomplishments

United States Automotive Materials Partnership (USAMP)

To develop lighweight materials for improved automotive fuel economy.

  • Polymer composites (ACC)

  • Light metals (Al, Mg, metal matrix composites)

  • Engineered plastics

  • Cast iron

  • Steel

  • Ceramics

Lightweight vehicle

  • Negotiated cooperative agreement with DOE for $30 M over 5 years

  • Conducted PNGV Goal 3 composites and aluminum supplier workshops

  • Successful cart crash of Escort composite front end

  • Completed design phase of Focal Project II composite pickup box (28% weight save and cost equal to steel plus liner)

  • Completed second edition of Materials Characterization Test Procedures manual and obtained SAE approval as industry standard

Low Emissions Technologies R&D Partnership(LEP) Engine Support Systems Technologies (ESST)

Identify enabling technologies for improvements in emissions in the following areas:

  • Fuel preparation and control, combustion and HC control

  • Cold bag aftertreatment, OBDII, 100K compliance

  • Evaporative emissions control

Efficient/ low emissions powertrain

  • Demonstrated feasibility of spray formed tooling using low melting point alloys

  • Produced test sections of dual wall manifolds to support cold start emissions reduction

  • Developed hydrous metal oxide materials for NOx reduction catalysts

  • Developed three new catalyst systems based on Sol-gel/Aerogel technology

  • Established world-class lean burn and diesel catalyst evaluation facilities at the Oak Ridge National Lab

Environmental Research Consortium (ERC)

  • To develop common emissions testing instrumentation and methods

  • Improve the understanding of vehicle and mfg. emission on the environment

  • Reduce environmental impact of mfg. emissions

  • Reduce worker exposure to mfg. emissions

Efficient/low emissions powertrain and manufacturing processes

Emissions Research:

  • Canister purge and modal mini-diluter developed

  • Prototype instruments developed

  • Reference ULEV vehicle built

Emissions Assessment:

  • Georgia Tech/EPA on-road vehicle emissions measured/analyzed

  • Michigan Remote Sensing Project assessed remote sensing accuracy and high emission vehicle repair effectiveness

Atmospheric Modeling:

  • Modeling runs identified differences in ground level ozone and agreement on the impact of HC and NOx controls

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