Development of Disk Brake Rotor Utilizing Aluminum Metal Matrix Composite

Paper #:
  • 970787

Published:
  • 1997-02-24
Citation:
Oda, N., Sugimoto, Y., Higuchi, T., and Minesita, K., "Development of Disk Brake Rotor Utilizing Aluminum Metal Matrix Composite," SAE Technical Paper 970787, 1997, https://doi.org/10.4271/970787.
Pages:
7
Abstract:
Disk brake rotors require reduced unsprung weight and improved cooling ability for improved fade performance. Automotive brake rotors made from aluminum metal matrix composites (MMC) were evaluated by dynamometer and vehicle tests for the required improvement. The friction and wear performance and the thermal response during fade stops were compared with those of commercially produced gray cast iron (GCI) rotors. It was proved that MMC is a very effective material to replace GCI for brake rotor application, as it reduces unsprung weight and decreases maximum operation temperature of the brake system.
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