Covaron submitted a Phase I proposal to receive grant funding from the National Science Foundation to complete work for the thermal management coating technology.
Automotive manufacturers are under intense pressure to increase engine efficiency and reduce harmful emissions. These pressures are both from the market, where increased fuel efficiency is an increasingly critical customer buying criteria, and from the requirements set forth in the 2016 CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) and related EPA emission standards. In order to meet these pressures, automakers are going so far as to re-engineer their entire exhaust systems to better manage both fuel efficiency and emissions. These demands are generating pressure for solutions that do not yet exist.
Covaron’s proposed thermal management coating technology will keep the exhaust heat in the exhaust pipe and manifold, preventing radiation of that heat energy through the exterior wall of the pipe. The effect on performance will include more efficient fuel burn, faster / more efficient catalytic converter performance, reduction in NOx and SOx emissions through faster light off of the catalytic converter. Additional benefits will include reducing number of vehicle parts and weight through replacement of traditional heat shielding and associated temperature control components; reducing manufacturing cost by providing a coating to the heat source (exhaust system), simplifying assembly in plant and service in the field; reducing material cost as a result of coating the inside of the exhaust as well, eliminating expensive and heavy stainless steel currently used in exhausts; eliminating other non-shielding parts used to currently manage exhaust system temperatures.