Role of Lubricating Oil Properties in Exhaust Particle Emissions of an Off-Road Diesel Engine

Teemu Ovaska, Seppo Niemi, Katriina Sirviö, Olav Nilsson, Panu Karjalainen, Topi Rönkkö, Kari Kulmala, Jorma Keskinen

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Particle number emissions from an off-road diesel engine without exhaust after-treatment were studied by using five different heavy-duty lubricating oils in the engine. The study extends understanding on how the properties of lubricating oil affect the nanoparticle emissions from an off-road diesel engine. The lubricants were selected among the performance classes of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, at least one lubricant from each category intended for heavy-duty diesel engines. Particle size distributions were measured by the means of an engine exhaust particle sizer (EEPS), but soot emissions, gaseous emissions and the basic engine performance were also determined. During the non-road steady state cycle, the most of the differences were detected at the particle size range of 6-15 nm. In most cases, the lowest particle quantities were emitted when the highest performance category lubricant was used. Based on the results of this study, the low contents of Zn, P, and S in lubricating oil contributed to the reduced emission factors for engine-out nucleation mode particles at any load. In addition, the low content of sulfate ash was considered the main influential factor for the low particle number emissions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication SAE WCX 2020 World Congress Experience
PublisherSAE International
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2020
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventSAE World Congress Experience - Detroit, United States
Duration: 21 Apr 202023 Apr 2020

Publication series

NameSAE Technical Papers
PublisherSAE International
ISSN (Print)0148-7191
ISSN (Electronic)2688-3627


ConferenceSAE World Congress Experience
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Pollution
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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