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This report intends to describe the present situation (early 2001) concerning DIESEL particulates emissions and formation. First, a chapter will remind of the Diesel combustion basics: combustion process and parameters, fuel sprays, ignition delay and burning rates. Then, the next part will explain the links between Diesel combustion process and particulates matter genesis. To follow, a review of the main known parameters affecting particulates in number, size and mass will be performed, including the common reduction strategies. Before the conclusion, a chapter will investigate the last trends, the recent and future technologies affecting particulates formation, and more widely, Diesel combustion processes.

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Authors: MAHIEU V, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Advanced Materials, Petten (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19807 EN (2002), pp.36. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail:
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