A comparative study on thermal shock resistance (TSR) of extruded cordierite honeycombs is presented. TSR is an important property that predicts the life of these products in thermal environments used for automobile pollution control as catalytic converter or as diesel particulate filter. TSR was experimentally studied by quenching (descending test) the heated samples to water or by heating (ascending test) with an oxyhydrogen flame along with crack detection by acoustic emission (AE) method. TSR was also calculated by using coefficient of themal expasion (CTE), modulus of elasticity (MOE) and modulus of rupture (MOR) of the honeycomb samples. Cordierite honeycombs of 200 and 400 cpsi were used for the above study. It was observed that the trends of TSR were same for both the experimental methods as well as by calculation. The ascending test method showed lower TSR values compared to water quench method due to early detection of cracks by AE. Finite element method (FEM) was also used to evaluate the thermal stress distribution in solid cordierite using thermal shock test data. It was observed that the maximum thermal stress calculated by FEM was lower than the strength of the material; therefore, the solid cordierite did not fail during such tests.
Volume 42 | Issue 6
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