40 CFR 91.115 - Certification procedure - determining engine power and engine families.
(b) The manufacturer's product line must be divided into engine families as specified by paragraph (c) of this section, comprised of engines expected to have similar emission characteristics throughout their useful life periods.
(1) The combustion cycle;
(2) The cooling mechanism;
(3) The cylinder configuration (inline, vee, opposed, bore spacings, and so forth);
(4) The number of cylinders;
(5) The number of catalytic converters, location; volume, and composition; and
(6) The thermal reactor characteristics.
(d) At the manufacturer's request, engines identical in all the respects listed in paragraph (c) of this section may be further divided into different engine families if the Administrator determines that they may be expected to have different emission characteristics. This determination is based upon the consideration of features such as:
(1) The bore and stroke;
(2) The combustion chamber configuration;
(3) The intake and exhaust timing method of actuation (poppet valve, reed valve, rotary valve, and so forth);
(4) The intake and exhaust valve or port sizes, as applicable;
(5) The fuel system;
(6) The exhaust system; and
(7) The method of air aspiration.
(e) Where engines are of a type which cannot be divided into engine families based upon the criteria listed in paragraph (c) of this section, the Administrator shall establish families for those engines based upon the features most related to their emission characteristics.
(f) Upon a showing by the manufacturer that the emission characteristics during the useful life are expected to be similar, engines differing in one or more of the characteristics in paragraph (c) of this section may be grouped in the same engine family.
(g) Upon a showing by the manufacturer that the emission characteristics during the useful life are expected to be dissimilar, engines identical in all the characteristics in paragraph (c) of this section may be divided into separate engine families.