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Materials 2012, 5(11), 2258-2269; doi:10.3390/ma5112258

Copper Substitution and Noise Reduction in Brake Pads: Graphite Type Selection

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1 Timcal Ltd., Strada Industriale 12, Bodio 6743, Switzerland 2 Laboratoire de Mécanique de Lille, Boulevard Paul Langevin, Villeneuve d'Ascq Cedex 59655, France 3 Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi 110016, India
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Received: 24 September 2012 / Revised: 29 October 2012 / Accepted: 5 November 2012 / Published: 9 November 2012
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Graphite is commonly used in brake pads. The use of graphite powder has the main goal of solid state lubrication and friction coefficient stabilization. In this article results on resin bonded brake pads with focus on noise performance and heat dissipation are presented. Experimental tests are based on model friction materials with a known formulation and a reduced number of components for a better identification of the role of the graphite type. Results clearly indicate that both noise performance and thermal conductivity are strongly affected by the type of graphite. Guidelines for the selection of graphite types for optimized friction materials are given.
Keywords: graphite; brake pad; noise; thermal conductivity graphite; brake pad; noise; thermal conductivity
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Gilardi, R.; Alzati, L.; Thiam, M.; Brunel, J.-F.; Desplanques, Y.; Dufrénoy, P.; Sharma, S.; Bijwe, J. Copper Substitution and Noise Reduction in Brake Pads: Graphite Type Selection. Materials 2012, 5, 2258-2269.

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