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Using a MISiCFET device as a cold start sensor
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Applied Physics . Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
(Volvo Technology Corporation (VTEC), Department 06130, Emission Control and Catalysis, Chalmers Science Park, Göteborg, Sweden)
Volvo Technology Corporation (VTEC), Department 06130, Emission Control and Catalysis, Chalmers Science Park, Göteborg, Sweden.
Volvo Car Corporation, Exhaust Gas Aftertreatment Systems, Department 97621, Göteborg, Sweden.
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2003 (English)In: Sensors and actuators. B, Chemical, ISSN 0925-4005, Vol. 63, no 1-3, 295-303 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As a consequence of the formation of water droplets in the car engine at cold start, the fragile ZrO2 λ sensor cannot be heated until the engine is sufficiently warm. A possibility to shorten the time before closed loop λ control would decrease the exhaust emission. As a solution to this problem, the metal insulator silicon carbide field effect transistor (MISiCFET) sensor, which presumably is more thermo shock resistant than the ZrO2 sensor, could be used at cold start. The requirements for a cold start sensor are, among others, sensitivity to λ (air to fuel ratio) close to stochiometry, selectivity to λ and high speed of response. In this communication, the possibility of using the MISiCFET sensor at cold start is treated. The sensor consists of a SiC based MOSFET device with a buried channel design and a catalytic gate metal of 10 nm TaSix and 100 nm Pt. The response depends linearly on λ at 500 °C. The sensitivity of the device has been tested both in artificial atmospheres and in an engine. Two-level factorial designed experiments showed a high selectivity to λ compared to other gases such as CO, hydrocarbons, NOx and H2. The response time was found to be <10 ms at 500 °C when changing from an oxidizing to a reducing atmosphere. The MISiCFET sensor response showed interesting differences in λ stairs when the λ-value was varied by changing the oxygen, hydrogen or CO concentration. The results show that the MISiCFET sensor is a promising choice as a future cold start sensor.

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2003. Vol. 63, no 1-3, 295-303 p.
Keyword [en]
Field effect device, Gas sensor, Cold start, Exhaust gases, Silicon carbide
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Natural Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13401DOI: 10.1016/S0925-4005(03)00227-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13401DiVA: diva2:20672
Available from: 2005-11-10 Created: 2005-11-10 Last updated: 2014-01-09
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1. Development of high temperature SiC based field effect sensors for internal combustion engine exhaust gas monitoring
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Development of high temperature SiC based field effect sensors for internal combustion engine exhaust gas monitoring
2003 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

While the car fleet becomes increasingly larger it is important to lower the amounts of pollutants from each individual diesel or gasoline engine to almost zero levels. The pollutants from these engines predominantly originate from high NOx emissions and particulates, in the case when diesel is utilized, and emissions at cold start from gasoline engines. One way of treating the high NOx levels is to introduce ammonia in the diesel exhausts and let it react with the NOx to form nitrogen gas and water, which is called SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction). However, in order to make this system reduce NOx efficiently enough for meeting future legislations, closed loop control is required. To realize this type of system an NOx or ammonia sensor is needed. The cold start emissions from gasoline vehicles are primarily due to a high light-off time for the catalytic converter. Another reason is the inability to quickly heat the sensor used for controlling the air-to-fuel ratio in the exhausts, also called the lambda value, which is required to be in a particular range for the catalytic converter to work properly. This problem may be solved utilizing another, more robust sensor for this purpose.

This thesis presents the efforts made to test the SiC-based field effect transistor (SiC-FET) sensor technology both as an ammonia sensor for SCR systems and as a cold start lambda sensor. The SiC-FET sensor has been shown to be highly sensitive to ammonia both in laboratory and engine measurements. As a lambda sensor it has proven to be both sensitive and selective, and its properties have been studied in lambda stairs both in engine exhausts and in the laboratory. The influence of metal gate restructuring on the linearity of the sensor has also been investigated. The speed of response for both sensor types has been found to be fast enough for closed loop control in each application.

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Institutionen för fysik, kemi och biologi, 2003. 74 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Thesis, ISSN 0280-7971 ; 1051
Keyword
field effect sensor, gas detection, selective catalytic reduction, lambda, cold start, ammonia, silicon carbide, engine exhaust.
National Category
Physical Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-4673 (URN)91-7373-767-4 (ISBN)
Presentation
2003-11-05, Hörsal Planck, Fysikhuset, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 10:15 (English)
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On the day of the public defence of the doctoral thesis, the status of article III was: in press. Report code: LiU-Tek-Lic-2003:50.Available from: 2005-11-10 Created: 2005-11-10 Last updated: 2014-01-09
2. Studies of MISiC-FET sensors for car exhaust gas monitoring
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Studies of MISiC-FET sensors for car exhaust gas monitoring
2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The increasing size of the car fleet makes it important to find ways of lowering the amounts of pollutants from each individual diesel or gasoline engine to almost zero levels. The pollutants from these engines predominantly originate from emissions at cold start, in the case when gasoline is utilized, and high NOx emissions and particulates from diesel engines.

The cold start emissions from gasoline vehicles are primarily due to a high light-off time for the catalytic converter. Another reason is the inability to quickly heat the sensor used for controlling the air-to-fuel ratio in the exhausts, also called the lambda value, which is required to be in a particular range for the catalytic converter to work properly. This problem may be solved utilizing another, more robust sensor for this purpose.

One way of treating the high NOx levels from diesel engines is to introduce ammonia in the exhausts and let it react with the NOx in a special catalytic converter to form nitrogen gas and water, which is called SCR (selective catalytic reduction). However, in order to make this system reduce NOx efficiently enough for meeting future legislations, closed loop control is required. To realize this type of system an NOx or ammonia sensor is needed.

This thesis presents the efforts made to test the SiC-based field effect sensor device both as a cold start lambda sensor for gasoline engines and as an NH3 sensor for SCR systems in diesel engines.

The MISiC (metal insulator silicon carbide) lambda sensor has proven to be both sensitive and selective to lambda, and its properties have been studied in lambda stairs both in gasoline engine exhausts and in the laboratory. There is, however, a small cross-sensitivity to CO. The influence of metal gate restructuring on the linearity of the sensor has also been investigated. The metal tends to form islands by time, which decreases the catalytic activity and thereby gives the sensor, which is binary when fresh, a linear behavior. Successful attempts to prevent the restructuring through depositing a protective layer of insulator on top of the metal were made. The influence of increasing the catalytic activity in the measurement cell was also studied. It was concluded that the location of the binary switch point of MISiC lambda sensors could be moved towards the stoichiometric value if the consumption of gases in the measurement cell was increased.

The MISiC NH3 sensor for SCR systems has been shown to be highly sensitive to ammonia both in laboratory and diesel engine measurements. The influence of other diesel exhaust gas components, such as NOx, water or N2O has been found to be low. In order to make the ammonia sensor more long-term stable experiments on samples with different types of co-sputtered Pt or Ir/SiO2 gas-sensitive layers were performed. These samples turned out to be sensitive to NH3 even though they were dense and NH3 detection normally requires porous films.

The speed of response for both sensor types has been found to be fast enough for closed loop control in each application.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för fysik, kemi och biologi, 2005
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 931
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Keyword
field effect sensor, gas detection, selective catalytic reduction, lambda, cold start, ammonia, silicon carbide, engine exhaust
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Physical Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-4674 (URN)91-85297-61-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2005-04-22, Hörsal Planck, Fysikhuset, Campus Valla, Linköpings univeristet, Linköping, 10:15 (English)
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On the day of the ublic defence of the doctoral thesis, the status of article IV was: accepted, article V was: submitted and article VII was: manuscript.Available from: 2005-11-10 Created: 2005-11-10 Last updated: 2014-01-09

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