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Electrically heated particulate filter heater insulation

United States Patent

August 28, 2012
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A system includes a particulate matter (PM) filter that includes an upstream end for receiving exhaust gas and a downstream end. A zoned resistive heater is arranged spaced from said upstream end and includes N zones, where N is an integer greater than one, wherein each of the N zones includes M sub-zones, where M is an integer greater than or equal to one, and wherein the zoned heater includes an electrically insulating material. A control module selectively activates at least a selected one of the N zones to initiate regeneration in downstream portions of the PM filter from the one of the N zones and deactivates non-selected ones of the N zones.
Gonze; Eugene V. (Pinckney, MI), Paratore, Jr.; Michael J. (Howell, MI), Kirby; Kevin W. (Calabasas Hills, CA), Phelps; Amanda (Malibu, CA)
GM Global Technology Operations LLC (
11/ 934,256
November 2, 2007
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This disclosure was produced pursuant to U.S. Government Contract No. DE-FC-04-03 AL67635 with the Department of Energy (DoE). The U.S. Government has certain rights in this disclosure.