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Tenneco Introduces New Modular Electronic Exhaust Valves At 2017 IAA Show

September 13, 2017

Latest valve technology helps reduce CO2 emissions,
enhance acoustics and improve vehicle performance

Frankfurt, Germany, September 13,  2017 – Tenneco Inc. (NYSE: TEN), a global supplier of Ride Performance and Clean Air products and systems, announced today at the 2017 IAA (Hall 5.1, Stand A20) the launch of its next generation of electronic valves designed for use in low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), cylinder deactivation and acoustic tuning applications. Tenneco’s new electronic valve incorporates a dynamic flap control designed to generate optimal pressure conditions for efficient EGR and also provides fail-safe operation that automatically returns the flap to the open position should a failure occur, such as in the case of a signal interruption.

The valves feature a modular design, which offers vehicle manufacturers custom flexibility and adaptability for any engine architecture. Tenneco’s first generation valve technology is currently in production on several vehicle platforms globally, with the next generation of valves slated for launch later this year.

The new electronic valves offer a range of uses, including managing engine sound; recirculating a portion of a vehicle’s exhaust gases back into the cylinders to lower NOx emissions; as a bypass valve in energy recovery and tuning the exhaust system’s acoustics to support cylinder deactivation modes in light-load driving for fuel efficiency gains. The valves can help reduce CO2 emissions by providing vehicle manufacturers the ability to reduce muffler weight and volume while maintaining precise control over engine sound characteristics.

“Electronic exhaust valves are becoming increasingly important in current and future vehicle designs, whether they’re used to address vehicle emissions and pass-by noise requirements or to improve engine sound profiles and reduce muffler size,” said Ben Patel, vice president and chief technology officer, Tenneco.  “Our unique modular approach enables vehicle manufacturers to comply with these regulations and meet the diverse needs of customers in an efficient and cost-competitive way.”

Key Features

Tenneco’s new modular valve design offers greater flexibility for meeting application-specific requirements by supporting the use of various actuators with different signal interfaces and degrees of integrated electronics. In addition to distinct valve body concepts, including variants with inlays for highest acoustic requirements, and several body diameters, the design offers a variable actuator clocking, making them capable of meeting a diverse range of OEM applications.

The actuator is interchangeable using a simple mounting concept without any loose interface components. The new modular valve features a special, double-bearing design that minimizes external leakage and resists water projection and salt. The valves are suitable for exhaust gas temperatures of up to 750° C (peak) and ambient temperatures of up to 140° C (peak).

The valve delivers important acoustical benefits as well. For example, the electronically controlled flap can remain closed during normal driving conditions for a quieter ride and open during harder acceleration, creating lower backpressure, higher attenuation and more engine power for maximum efficiency. For such applications valve variants with and without fail-safe functions are available.

About Tenneco

Tenneco is an $8.6 billion global manufacturing company with headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois and approximately 31,000 employees worldwide.  Tenneco is one of the world’s largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of ride performance and clean air products and systems for automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment markets and the aftermarket.  Tenneco’s principal brand names are Monroe®, Walker®, XNOx® and Clevite®Elastomer.

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