Advancements in science and technology produced great wonders that changed the course of history and drastically revolutionized human society. The changes are largely positive that brought convenience and comfort to humans. However, there is a darker aspect that accompanied these changes. The invention of the automobile along with the Industrial Revolution, for instance created opportunities and at the same time gave birth to the many problems and social ills that we are experiencing today. Environmental pollution is one of the many negative impacts of technological developments. The automobile is one of the primary causes of global pollution that results to global warming and ozone depletion. Automobile pollution is also the cause of many illnesses, including lung cancer. Hence, governments, particularly the governments of first world countries, instituted laws that are intended to minimize, if not eliminate, the ravages of pollution. The Suzuki catalytic converter is an example of a direct response to the government legislations.
In many countries, including Japan and the United States, the standard installation of the Suzuki catalytic converter in all Suzuki vehicles is relatively of more recent innovation. Generally speaking, all automobile manufacturers in the US are mandated by law to install catalytic converters to their automobile products. The Suzuki catalytic converter is just one of the many standard catalytic converters in the market today. Like many other catalytic converters, the Suzuki catalytic converter relies on the principles of chemical reactions called oxidation and reduction.
A typical catalytic converter is connected to the exhaust system of the engine. Its main role is to chemically treat the exhaust gases that are exiting the combustion chambers to eliminate or at least significantly reduce the amount of pollutants. There are three basic pollutants that can be found in the exhaust gases. The first type of pollutant is nitrogen oxides which are produced if the air content is proportionally greater than the ideal fuel/air ratio. Nitrogen oxides are destructive for they can be converted into acids that can result to acid rain, corrosion and weathering, and infertility of the soil. The second type of pollutant is produced if there is the fuel is proportionally greater than the air and the fuel is not completely burned. This pollutant is called carbon monoxide which is a toxic gas and can contribute to global warming. The third type of pollutant is volatile organic compounds which are actually unburned fuel and hydrocarbon residues.
Inside a catalytic converter is a honeycomb or ceramic beads that are coated with metal catalysts which are usually platinum, rhodium, and/or palladium. The structure inside the catalytic converter maximizes surface area for greater contact with the exhaust gases. The catalysts themselves do not participate in the chemical reactions. They merely facilitate the chemical reactions. There are three basic chemical reactions that occur in a catalytic converter. The first type of reaction is the reduction of the nitrogen oxide into nitrogen and oxygen. The second type of reaction is the oxidation of carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide. The third type of reaction is the oxidation of unburned hydrocarbons into carbon dioxide and water.
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