Patent Number: 6,293,092

Title: NOx adsorber system regeneration fuel control

Abstract: A method for controlling regeneration fuel supplied to an internal combustion engine operating with a lean fuel-air mixture during sequential rich mixture regeneration events of a NOx adsorber in which NOx emissions collected by the adsorber are purged to provide optimum emissions control and minimum fuel consumption. The method monitors the exhaust gases flowing out of the adsorber during the regeneration event to detect when fuel-air mixture to the engine is within an excessively lean or rich range. When the sensed exhaust gases contain an excessively lean fuel-air mixture, fuel is increased to the engine. Fuel is decreased when the sensed exhaust gases contain an excessively rich fuel-air mixture. The fuel can be increased or decreased by adjusting the duration or fuel rate of the regeneration event.

Inventors: Ament; Frank (Troy, MI), Brown; David Brian (Brighton, MI), Frank; David Allen (Rochester Hills, MI)

Assignee: General Motors Corporation

International Classification: F02D 41/14 (20060101); F02D 41/02 (20060101); F01N 3/08 (20060101); F01N 7/00 (20060101); F01N 7/02 (20060101); F01N 7/04 (20060101); F01N 003/00 ()

Expiration Date: 09/25/2018