Understanding the Basics – Thermal Conductivity and Heat Retention
To understand how ceramic coatings work, it’s important to understand one form of heat transfer: thermal conductivity. Thermal conductivity measures how well a substance transfers thermal energy through its structure.
In the case of exhaust ceramic coatings, thermal conductivity is low as they are designed to reduce heat transfer from the coated surface and increase exhaust gas velocity within the coated part through heat retention. The coating acts as a thermal barrier, preventing excessive heat from escaping the exhaust system to unwanted areas of the vehicle, and retaining it within the exhaust flow. Coated components can help maintain higher exhaust gas temperatures within the system, improving exhaust flow, accelerating the process. Our coating technologies have been tested and proven enhance overall engine performance and efficiency.
Reduce Heat Soak
Furthermore, exhaust ceramic coatings also aid in dissipating heat efficiently. By retaining the heat within the exhaust system, exhaust ceramic coatings prevent excessive heat soak into surrounding engine bay components and bodywork. This reduces the risk of heat-related damage to neighbouring components which can be vulnerable to heat, further increasing their longevity and reliability. Another benefit is the reduction of in-cabin temperatures, making it more comfortable and safer for the driver.
Choice of Material
The choice of material plays a crucial role in its performance as an exhaust ceramic coating. When materials with different thermal expansion coefficients are combined, temperature changes can lead to stress build-up and potential failure. The porous structure of Zircotec’s proprietary ceramic coatings were designed to match the thermal expansion of exhaust systems to minimise any thermally induced stress, reducing the risk of drastic failure. This also encourages thermal insulation whilst allowing gas and moisture to be diffused overtime, providing added protection against corrosion (rust).
Zircotec’s exhaust ceramic coatings is a well-developed technology that has been utilised across OEMs and different levels of motorsport (including F1). Get in touch today to find out more about the different ranges of ceramic coatings, and their associated features and benefits for your exhaust system.