Since 1997, catalytic converters have been mandatory components in automotive vehicles, and they serve a much greater purpose than simply regulating the release of pollutant gases into the atmosphere and reducing noise emissions: they are essential for maintaining the health of drivers and pedestrians affected by urban traffic.
Without the action of this device, the internal combustion engine would release a massive volume of gases such as hydrocarbons (HC), carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxide (NO), particulate matter (PM, or commonly known as soot), among others, into the atmosphere, causing various health problems.
People in direct contact with hydrocarbons can develop respiratory tract irritation. Soot has a similar effect, but it can escalate to bronchitis, asthma, or, in more severe cases, lung cancer.
The major culprits are carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen oxide (NO). The former is responsible for clinical cases of pneumonia and brain damage, while the latter causes emphysema and even genetic mutations.
The good news is that catalytic converters can filter out up to 98% of these gases. When passing through the ceramic substrate coated with aluminum oxide (Al²O³), pollutants interact with active metals (palladium, platinum, rhodium) and undergo chemical reactions that result in other molecules – water (H²O), carbon dioxide (CO²), and nitrogen (N²) – at levels that are less harmful to human health and are recommended by health regulatory agencies.
For this reason, the catalytic converter is considered an essential component of the vehicle exhaust system. Its maintenance and proper functioning are required by law for smooth traffic flow, public health, and societal well-being.
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Tuper is the largest manufacturer of exhaust systems in Latin America and a market leader, producing exhaust systems, catalytic converters, and mufflers for all makes and models of cars, both domestic and imported, for over 50 years, adhering to rigorous quality standards. The company keeps pace with market developments by offering a wide range of products that meet the specifications of the most demanding national and international standards.