Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Filip, Peter


In the past few decades, brake pad-rotor interface friction studies have gained high importance in the automotive industry. The goal of these studies has been to improve the design to maximize the contact area and performance in brakes. In these studies, friction coefficient has always assumed to be the same for linear and rotational motion. In our study, we show that the rotational and linear friction process have different friction coefficients. We use semi-metallic and ceramic brake material pads reduced into brake samples using scaling laws of physics. The samples were mounted on the Universal Mechanical Tester and experimented for linear and rotational friction process against Pearlitic Gray cast iron rotor. From results, it proved friction coefficients of linear movement is always higher than the rotational movement. The linear friction coefficient was found to be 43% higher on an average than the rotational friction coefficient in both the materials tested at 1MPa and 10 mm/s. These results will help industry in gaining better fundamental understanding about the friction coefficients of rotor- brake contact interfaces.




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