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Platinum Metals Rev., 1989, 33, (3), 105

Combustion Research in Japan

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Prepared by the Global Competitiveness Council and published by the Society of Automotive Engineers, the latest volume in a most useful series devoted to increasing the awareness worldwide of Japanese research on spark ignition engines contains extended abstracts of some two hundred papers. The wide range of topics covered includes some applications where the platinum metals are currently in use, namely: emission control catalysts, sensors and spark plug materials. It also embraces subjects such as alternative fuels, improved engine design and the reduction of unregulated secondary pollutants, which may affect future demand for the platinum metals.

The investigations summarised have been carried out by researchers affiliated with Japanese corporations, research institutes and universities, and this volume will enable English speaking readers to gain a valuable introduction to Japanese technical literature on the subject. Furthermore seventeen key sources of information are listed, as are the organisations which originated most of the work.

Combustion Research in Japan, Volume 5, Spark Ignition Engine Research, ISBN 0–89883–676–X, may be obtained from: SAE Customer Service, 400 Commonwealth Drive, Warrendale, PA 15096–0001, U.S.A., price $102.00, or from the SAE European Office, 68a Wilbury Way, Hitchin, Herts SG4 0TP, England, price £79.00.

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