Behind the scenes: How we Heat Shield a turbo charger?

Our Turbo Charger heat shields are ever increasing in popularity so GFH Insulation & Good Fabrications wanted to give yourselves a behind the scenes look into how we produce the turbo heat shields from scratch.

The first step as seen below is getting the turbo charger off the vehicle. We can then disconnect all attachments and pipes, meaning we are left with just the piece we are providing a heat shield for. Before we do anything with any turbo Charger we make sure to cover up any holes that could allow foreign objects to enter the turbine and damage the turbo when operational. This allows us to safely measure all dimensions of the piece.

Once we have the dimensions from the previous step we can then scale up a template for us to work on when creating the heat shield. This not only allows us to be incredibly accurate to the specifications of the turbo charger, but also means that we will cause no damage to the turbo charger when fabricating.

Once our template is made up and ready for our skilled heat shielding team to meticulously create an effective heat shield. The big decision for our clients is to choose the thickness of the microthermal insulation material in relation to the level of heat the turbo would be experiencing. Then we liaise with the client to recommend the adequate thickness and material used for the dimpled foil. We can offer Inconel or Stainless Steel and a range of thicknesses.

Many people ask us why we use dimpled foil for our heat shielding and the reasons may be something you wouldn't have guessed! Its main purposes is:

  • To increase the strength of the very thin and lightweight inconel foil to increase durability

  • To double the surface area of the metal foil where the natural convection of the heat shield takes place.

Once our skilled heat shield fabricators have completed bending and tacking the heat shield together. We use spring clips to hold the shield securely to the turbo charger and we are left with the masterpiece below.

We want to hear of the turbo chargers you have and what we can do to heat shield them, please contact us to discuss a personalised quote for your turbo charger.

You can either click the button below or give us a call using the following number.

01844 202850


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