Testing and Measuring Emissions
Background of AIGER CRADA
The current Automobile Industry/Government Emissions Research (AIGER) Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) began on October 15, 2003 and has been extended until 2018. This CRADA was a follow-on to an earlier CRADA that ran for eleven years from October 1992 to October 2003. The current five-year Agreement and the ones that preceded it were made possible by the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986.
Members of the AIGER CRADA are the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), California Air Resources Board (CARB) and USCAR (US Council for Automotive Research, which includes Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Company).
The purpose of the AIGER CRADA is to identify, encourage, evaluate and develop the instrumentation and techniques to accurately and efficiently measure emissions from motor vehicles as required by the Federal Clean Air Act and the California Health and Safety Code. Ultimately, the goal is to ensure that such technologies are commercialized and are readily available to emission testing facilities, programs and personnel worldwide. The strategies employed are based on openness, sharing and teamwork. Efforts of the group are focused on technical challenges rather than on regulatory issues.
Statement of Vision
"By the end of the five-year term of this agreement, the equipment, facilities, procedures and supplies to measure exhaust and evaporative emissions from motor vehicles in an accurate, efficient and economical manner will be readily available from a number of commercial sources."
Members of the AIGER CRADA Advisory Board
Chrysler Group LLC: Mahmoud Yassine; Morgan LaPan
Ford Motor Company: Mark Guenther, Mike Sherman
General Motors Company: Don Nagy; Thomas Chapaton
USCAR: David Schrumpf; John Ginder
California Air Resources Board: Wayne McMahon; Satya Sardar
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (NVFEL): Maria Peralta; Dan McBryde
- Development of Particulate Matter Measurement Technologies
- Development of Measurement Technologies for New Vehicle Concepts
- Development of Measurement Technologies for "New" Species
- Evaporative Testing Development
- Development of Measurement Technologies/QC for Current Vehicles
- Analyzer Development (bench) FID issues
- Gas Panel
- Compare instrumentation and methods
- Compare instrumentation and methods (4WD Dyno Team; PHEV Team)
- Investigate methods to measure "new" and unregulated species (N2O Team)
- Test protocol and acceptance criteria
- US06, zero contamination check, background check procedures (Sampling System Development)
- Improve/Develop NMHC analysis to SULEV levels
- Handle NIST issues