Wednesday, January 12. 2011
CALCULATING COLD GAPIf historical temperature information is available, long term averages of shell to tire temperaturedifferences are a good way to calculate the cold gap/ filler bar thicknesses. If so, the filler barthicknesses determined by creep reduction can be verified.Kiln Shell Diameter x Temperature Difference between Tire and Shell x Expansion Coefficient =Reduction of the Filler Bar to Tire ID Gap. This is the differential expansion.EXTRA GAP is a safety factor that we apply since we can only work with average temperaturevalues and temperatures fluctuate during normal operation. Since these temperature differencescannot be strictly controlled and a locked tire is something to be avoided, leaving a residual orextra gap is the accepted norm.The final step would be to take the cold gap, subtract it from the difference between tire bore andshell OD and divide by two to get the average new filler bar thickness. Individual bar thicknesswill vary if the original shell was manufactured without machining. If the shell was not originallymachined measuring and numbering the old bars is recommended.