2016 journal article

Effects of Idle Time Restrictions on Excess Pollution from Construction Equipment


By: S. Abbasian-Hosseini n, M. Leming n & M. Liu n

author keywords: Construction equipment; Emissions; Air pollution; Greenhouse gas; Simulation; Diesel engine idling
Source: Web Of Science
Added: August 6, 2018

AbstractConstruction vehicles and equipment contribute to air pollution. To reduce pollution, numerous state and local jurisdictions limit the amount of time diesel engine vehicles or equipment can run at idle without shutting down. These restrictions vary widely indicating a need for improved understanding of the relationships between pollutant emissions and regulations establishing a maximum idle time in a construction setting. Previous studies have found that a reduction in operational efficiency will increase the amount of excess pollution, that is, the amount of pollution created in excess of that emitted by a construction operation under ideal conditions. Shutting down an engine can create a delay in re-entering the work stream and, therefore, reduce operational efficiency. In another study, the authors found that excess pollution would be minimal with a reasonably well-balanced, minimum or near minimum cost, construction equipment fleet composed of a single wheel loader (WL) working with different ...