CORTEA: Measurements for a better air quality

11 September 2023

Download the project results here

During the year 2021, we measured on-road non-regulated gaseous pollutants emitted in the air during RDE cycles (road test cycles of passenger vehicles) carried out with different models of light diesel, gasoline and natural gas vehicles. The main results are presented in the downloadable document.

This project was carried out in partnership with the Gustave Eiffel University within the framework of the CORTEA projects (Connaissances, Réduction à la source et Traitement des Emissions dans l’Air) of the national energy transition agency, named ADEME, which participated in part in its financing.

For this, we used FTIR (Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy) analyzers which are very similar to PEMS (Portable Emission Monitoring System), they are compact in size and allow for the simultaneous measurement of many components of engine exhaust gases, in addition to regulated pollutants.

We will find NO, NO2, CO, CO2, THC, NH3, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), sulfur compounds, cyclic products, aromatics, (toluene, benzene...). This type of analyzer is mainly used in the test bench. One of the main innovations of the project was the adaptation of an FTIR analyzer to allow its use on the road by developing a dedicated chassis.

Chassis designed by CRMT for measurements