Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Filip, Peter


Disc brakes, which are essential safety components in automobiles, are profoundly affected by conditions at the pad-to-rotor interface. In this research, 3D modeling of the brake system was conducted using CATIA, supplying a comprehensive visual representation crucial for our analysis. The finite element analysis (FEA) was performed with ANSYS Workbench, allowing for an in-depth examination of wear mechanisms and their associated temperature history. To closely mirror real-world scenarios, tests were conducted using the Bruker UMT system equipped with a heating chamber, adhering to the SAE J2522 standard. Despite the robust methodologies employed, achieving the desired wear performance proved challenging. A significant inconsistency was observed between experimental and the simulation results. This disparity underscores potential inadequacies in the current simulation models and highlights the need for a more precise inclusion of material properties. This study recommends refining these models, addressing their inherent limitations, and optimizing testing parameters. A pivotal suggestion is incorporating enhanced material properties into the 3D models to improve accuracy. With these enhancements, the aim is to bridge the gap between simulated and real-world brake wear performances, thereby promoting more reliable braking systems.

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