Browse Publications Technical Papers 2008-01-2547
2008-10-12

Vehicle Brake Noise Shims: A Tutorial for Continuous Product Improvements 2008-01-2547

Commercial, electronics, aerospace, and automotive industries use a wide variety of methods to attenuate - damp - unwanted noises and vibrations. A well-established passive method for controlling structure-borne noise is based on viscoelastic materials that are specially selected for the application. In these cases, the materials are based on organic polymers that exhibit elastic and viscous properties. In the simplest cases, the damping material may be composed of a viscoelastic adhesive applied to one side of a suitable substrate.
Expected performance for these layered assemblies of polymer-based coatings and supporting substrates is based on two factors: (1) the composition, quality, and durability of each coating; and (2) the composition, quality, and durability of each material-to-material interface.
This is the second of two papers about this type of material for noise and vibration control. The objective is to provide readers with an overview of issues affecting design/development of products for controlling vehicle brake noise. Taking the format of a tutorial, it is intended for anyone involved in their design, manufacture, or use. It provides basic information and numerous references that will support evaluating potential failure modes and their effects in relation to choices of materials and provides an appendix with generic root causes.

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