Joop Somhorst, Michael Oevermann

Effects of thermal barrier coating porosity on combustion and heat losses in a light duty diesel engine

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering

Plasma sprayed thermal barrier coatings (TBCs), applied in internal combustion engines, can have a profound impact on the apparent rate of heat release. Upon fuel jet contact with the piston wall, the heat loss seems to increase compared to an uncoated piston and combustion appears delayed. Permeable porosity of plasma sprayed TBCs is identified as one of the possible causes for this unwanted effect. In this article the impact of open porosity and sealing of the TBC surface are investigated with single cylinder engine experiments and with simulations. Based on the results, a mechanism is presented to explain the observations.

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