Experimental and Numerical Investigations on Curing a Polyester-Based Powder Coating by Catalytic Infrared Radiation

Yindong Yuan, Song Pan, Tongzhao Wang, Liang Xia, Yiqiao Liu, Xinru Wang, Lei Li, Tian Wang

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Catalytic combustion can effectively and cleanly convert the chemical energy of fossil fuels into infrared radiation energy. However, there is little research on the use of this technology to cure powder coatings. Therefore, catalytic infrared heating equipment based on a Pt/Al2O3 noble metal catalyst was designed, constructed, and tested in this study. The optimal curing parameters for the catalytic infrared curing process for powder coatings were determined via experiments at 220 °C for 3 min and 230 °C for 2 min. As the curing temperature increased and the curing time increased, the mechanical properties of the coating were found to improve. However, the gloss of the coating was reduced and the color darkened. A one-dimensional heat transfer model was developed to investigate the heat transfer process for powder coatings. This study introduced an internal heat source for the first time, and the heat transfer process for polyester-based powder coatings with different substrate thicknesses was numerically simulated. The numerical simulations demonstrated that the efficiency of the heat transfer between the catalytic infrared gas supply and the coating surface was 0.4. When the substrate thickness was 1 mm, the coating was most rapidly cured at 230 °C. When the substrate thickness was ≥2 mm, the most rapid curing occurred at 220 °C.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2187
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023


  • catalytic infrared
  • heat efficiency
  • heat transfer model
  • powder coating curing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Instrumentation
  • General Engineering
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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