Transfer Film Composition and Characteristics in Copper-Free NAO Brake Pads
Copper-free non-asbestos-organic (NAO) brake pads have been developed to satisfy the copper content regulations in North America. Copper-free NAO brake pads are required to have a stable friction coefficient owing to the electrification of the control systems, as well as to exhibit improved wear resistance to reduce brake dust emissions. Our previous study indicated that the transfer film formed on the rotor surface affects both the friction coefficient stability and amount of wear. In this study, we investigated how different types of inorganic fillers affect the transfer film formation and its composition in a wear test controlled by temperature. It was confirmed that the main component of the transfer film was iron oxide derived from the rotor. Furthermore, the contained components changed according to the appearance of the rotor surface after each wear test.