Browse Publications Technical Papers 1999-01-3410

Calculation of Average Coefficient of Friction During Braking 1999-01-3410

This paper demonstrates that the time-domain average of coefficient of friction (COF) widely in use today does not serve as a reliable indication of a system's braking capability. For a given braking system, it may lead to large error in predicted stopping distance. When used in lining selection, it may lead to incorrect ranking of various linings' friction level.A new method for calculating the average of friction coefficient is proposed and compared with the time-domain average COF. A detailed error analysis is given for two special cases.


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