Application of State of the Art FE Software for Simulating the Effect of Insulators 2006-01-3218
Finite element simulations are widely used for simulating disc brake squeal and the aim of this paper is to further increase the understanding of the effect of insulators. An earlier paper has presented an experimental technique for measuring the properties of the viscoelastic materials  and it has been shown how these data can be used in simulating brake response . This paper deals with the sensitivity of a FE brake model to frequency dependent shim material properties and it is documented that with the current options for modeling shims in complex eigenvalue analysis it is only possible to accurately simulate response in a narrow frequency range. A procedure to find optimized parameters for a current damping model is discussed. The best α and β values for a Rayleigh damping model is found by obtaining a least square best fit in a frequency range of interest.