StobbeDPF - all the way from R&D to a unique product
Porous Re-crystalized Silicon Carbide ceramics for separating particles from hot gases – such as from diesel engine exhaust gases – was all created during the period 1986 to 1994 by Stobbe Tech A/S.
The development work was primarily financially sponsored by:
- Danish Department of Energy’s Research project from 1987 to 1992. Purpose to develop porous structures intended for diesel particulate filters and hot gas dust filters - 2 mil € budget.
- Danish Department of Industry project from 1991 to 1994. Development of ceramics for hot gas filters - budget >1 mil €.
- Per Stobbe’s private pocket.
Photo 1: Canned Corning 5,66x6” DPF app 1985 – Photo 2: Custom spray powdered MA253, extruded and Hydrogen sintered to a world first metal powder DPF tested on a one cyl Hatz diesel on DC dyno app 1986 - photo 3: Extra high 15 gram/liter loaded ReSiC StobbeDPF forced to heavy regeneration – without damages app 1994.
It all started with the shown canned 5.66”×6” Cordierite Wall-Flow-Filter (WFF) tested at Per Stobbe’s final thesis as Mechanical Engineer at DTU (The Danish Technical University) in 1985. It took only one hour on a 3 cyl Buck diesel engine couple to a Schenk dyno to destroy, melt the center out of the first ever Cordierite WFF in Denmark. This raised the question – how can our international society solve the diesel engine particulate emission problem with WFF based on this fragile material?
The Copenhagen City Community and City Bus Authorisation requested late 1980ties a DPF technology on buses to improve the air quality in the city. This huge task was given to Stobbe Tech with national funding technically supported by the Danish Technical University.
The remarkable Re-crystalized Silicon Carbide ceramic technology we developed from scratch allowed large, complex dimensions and high porosity structures to be shaped from relatively low-cost coarse grinding SiC grain by extrusion. The extruded bodies dried with only 2% shrinkage and fired at 2500°C with exceptional only 1% shrinkage. Such low shrinkage figures are quite unusual in the ceramics industry. All was developed from scratch - the complete basic science and the manufacturing methods, all the manufacturing equipment such as the complicated extrusion die heads, the wear resistant extruder, the 3 dimensional drying methods / equipment and in particular the challenging design and construction of furnaces capable of operating at 2.500°C in controlled atmosphere.
Processing of segmented DPF 1992 in “The Blue Furnace” by Per Stobbe himself. This remarkable 60 kW furnace was designed entirely by Per Stobbe and build in-house and used for several years to process all ReSiC DPF.
Over 8 years we were 9 people focusing on developing the bi-modal ceramic method based on cheap SiC grinding powder mixed with an organic binder to shape by extrusion the multi-channel honeycombs. The entire set of production equipment, all the related technologies and even real-life testing on a high number of different vehicles/engines was developed in-house. An impressive achievement for such a small company! At this time, no company had even thought about this principle for “low-cost” manufacturing of thermal stable porous ceramics.
Stobbe Tech received valuable help from:
- Professor Spencer C. Sorenson at Department of Energy Techniques at The Danish Technical University
- Associated professor Jakob Weiland Høj and Associated professor John Emil Engell both from Department of Mineral Industry at The Danish Technical University
- Associated professor Athanasios Konstandopoulos from CPERI in Greece
- Managing Director Richard Utzschneider from Norton GmbH in Bexback, Germany now Saint Gobain Industri Keramik, SGIK in Rödental, Germany
This project and initial work became the fundament for numerous technologies, created many jobs and improved the quality of life for humans in general hereafter. In general, the technology developed for DPF purposes was 10 years ahead of its time or the legislation 10 years behind!
The experienced reader will know the Japanese company Ibiden at the same time in parallel developed their quite different mono-modal SiC technology based on the much more expensive finer SiC grain. Further the experienced readers are aware that three different ceramic material technologies later dominated the market for DPF and thus competing:
- Cordierite WFF from Corning and a variety of manufactures - being an oxide ceramic characterized by very low thermal conductivity and thermal expansion
- ReSiC mono-modal technology from Ibiden also manufactured by Saint Gobain SGIK
- ReSiC bi-modal – the Stobbe Tech development - a non-oxide ceramic material characterized by very high thermal conductivity and relative cheap manufacturing
The route in the western world to control particle emission from diesel engines has been long and troublesome. The better and more efficient diesel engines the more difficult it becomes to capture and combust the particles. The widely accepted way to reduce particulate emission is by filtering the exhaust gas through typically a high temperature stable Wall-Flow-Filter devise.
Cleaning up exhaust gas from diesel engines is though relatively easy with one of many different sizes of StobbeDPF. Which has been commercial available since 1992 in 90 (later 200) cell-per-square-inch (CPSI) design ranging from 1 to 40 litre of volume. Later from various suppliers.
A range of segmented DPF in larger sizes we manufactured 90ties and early 00ties.
Non canned ReSiC 7 segment DPF monolith, 4 segment very early 90ties, 1 segment standard size 90 CPSI.
StobbeDPF electric heated
Electrical regenerated 15 liter DPF
close contact electrical regeneration
Complete DPF package, before assembling and core system integrating the electrical heating.
Stobbe Tech developed and patented 1988 the bi-modal ReSiC honeycomb substrate (re-crystalized Silicon Carbide) concept for accurately controlled pore size, porosity and high permeability for capture of diesel engine exhaust particulates. Finally, this turned into the 100% owned daughter company NoTox in 1992
Manufacturers of the StobbeDPF technology later became:
- dinex.dk - most successful small danish manufacturer based on license
- liqtech.dk - aggressive successful company
- notox.com - most expensive plant which sales did not reach wild dreams and finally crashed
- ctisa.fr- created a variant of copies without license
- pirelli.com- acquired a license to copy
You will find extensive information about engine emission at www.dieselnet.com and under research/gas filters on this website.
A range of Renault buses with MAN engines in Paris. In Toronto with Detroit Diesel 2-stroke V6. Volvo and Mercedes in Copenhagen all equipped with custom designed NoTox DPF systems regenerated with fuel additives.
CAT and Liebherr excavators equipped with custom designed StobbeDPF for tunneling use. Kind of advanced as the kit combines DPF, catalyst and muffler within the original muffler space.
CAT 353 and 973 front loaders equipped with custom designed StobbeDPF for tunnel use in Copenhagen. Kind of advanced as the kit combines both the StobbeDPF, catalyst and muffler all in stainless steel. Some 15 years before any other such provider in Europe. No additives needed!
Complete DPF package for Toyota forklift truck easy to install. One of many complete DPF packages for different forklift trucks ready to install into the narrow engine compartment. All custom designed by Stobbe Tech and fabricated by daughter company NoTox. Advanced engine modification performed the sequential DPF regeneration. The green forklift truck equipped with dual system integrating electrical heating for off-duty regeneration.
Hundreds of CityCat L-1500 (Rolba, Wetzikon, Switzerland) road sweepers with Mercedes OM 616 4 cyl diesel engine was equipped with combined muffler and catalyst coated dual StobbeDPF operating all over Europe.
A variety of wheel loaders for indoor use was equipped with DPF and catalysts.
Unfortunately, Per Stobbe 1996 lost all the technology, companies, patents as to a hostile raid performed by a range of greedy investors, the patent agent used for years and two danish banks. Really bad management gave later SBS who acquired NoTox a financial loss ranging 75 mio €. The surviving successful manufactures in Denmark became LiqTech and Dinex.
Per Stobbe - 2014