Browse Publications Technical Papers 2008-01-2565
2008-10-12

Using Finite Element Analysis to Predict the Brake Pressure Needed for Effective Rotor Cleaning in Disc Brakes 2008-01-2565

This paper presents an approach to simulating wear on both contact surfaces at the pad-to-rotor interface in disc brakes using general purpose finite element software. It represents a first step toward a method of simulating the brake pressure needed to effectively clean the rotor of unwanted oxide layers. Two simulation cases are presented. The first addresses running-in wear under constant load and corresponds to repeated brake applications at the same constant brake load. The second studies what will happen if a lower load is applied after the contact surfaces have been run-in at a higher load level. This lower load is applied to wear off an oxide layer after a sequence of repeated stop braking at higher load levels.

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