1975-02-01

Cooling Analysis of Disc Brake Rotors 751014

This paper presents equations for determining the convective heat transfer coefficients of solid and ventilated disc brakes. Analysis of data indicates that the cooling capacity of a ventilated rotor is sharply reduced at lower speeds, and most cooling is provided by the increased surface area. A general relationship derived from road test data is presented that yields the heat transfer coefficient for both disc and drum brakes of commercial vehicles.

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