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Catalysts Against Pollution

Synopsis
A negative aspect of automotive transport is increasing levels of air pollution. Engineering improvements and materials science help to solve that problem. The catalytic converter is an advanced example of applied chemistry and materials engineering of a mass-produced item. Shows in microscopic detail the internal construction of these devices and the molecular engineering behind their design. Explains the basic chemistry of pollutants and pollutant removal, and engineer Brian Randall explains the implications for engine design and how results are tested. Shows the testing of cars on ‘rolling roads’ and under engine test conditions.
Series
Materials: Engineering and Science, Course T203
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 24 min.
Year of production
1994
Availability
Sale; 1998 sale: £145.00 (+VAT +p&p)
Subjects
Chemistry; Engineering
Keywords
air quality; cars; catalytic converters; engineering design; materials science

Credits

Producer
Philip Ashby
Cast
Mark Endean 

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
NB. As of May 2016 Open University Worldwide are no longer distributing DVDs. They have posted this message on their website: ‘Unfortunately Open University Worldwide Limited has decided that product sales are no longer viable given the reduced funding to Higher Education institutions and diminishing demand for the products we have traditionally stocked. At present the Open University Students Association (OUSA) will continue to sell the "Good Study Guide", and we are in discussion with other possible distributors to continue to make The Open University’s products available for purchase. As soon as we have any information on other channels of distribution we will update this notice’. Some products are still available via second hand dealers on Amazon.co.uk

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