A Study on Friction Materials for Brake Squeal Reduction by Nanotechnology 2008-01-2581
Brake squeal is caused by dynamic instability, which is influenced by its dynamic unstable structure and small disturbance of friction force variation. Recently, FE Analysis of brake squeal is applied for brake design refinements, which is based on dynamic instability theory. As same as the refinement of brake structure is required for brake squeal reduction, the refinement of pad materials is also required for brake effectiveness and brake squeal reduction. It is well known that friction film, which is composed of polymers like phenol formaldehyde resin and so on, influences for friction coefficient. Therefore it is expected that the refinement of polymers in pad materials enable higher brake effectiveness and less brake squeal. In this paper, Molecular Dynamics is applied for the friction force variation of polymers in pad materials. The MD simulation results suggest the reduction method of friction force variation of polymers. The refinement of pad materials is shown here based on the MD simulation results, which is assured by experiments. This paper shows the possibility of friction materials design with higher performance and less brake squeal.