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Lining Wear Measurements using a Coordinate Measurement Machine
ISSN: 0148-7191, e-ISSN: 2688-3627
Published October 11, 2021 by SAE International in United States
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Accurate measurements of brake friction materials are critical to understanding brake behaviors during testing. Current methods typically utilize a hand gauge (or a machine, in some cases) to sample various discrete points on the brake lining. This approach limits measurements to planar wear characteristics, taper and thickness, and excludes more complex measurements such as cupping. The limited number of points means that a single errant point measurement or the choice of point locations can have a large impact on the reported wear measurement.
This paper will describe a method for utilizing a Coordinate Measurement Machine (CMM) fitted with a laser line scanning tool to generate a point cloud of data that can then be compared to an earlier measurement of the same piece or to a math model. This method produces thousands of data points which allows for more accurate volumetric wear calculations and color maps of the entire friction face. A gage R&R for this method is presented along with some of the challenges involved in fixturing and aligning brakes pads for analysis.
CitationLearman, C. and Campbell, K., "Lining Wear Measurements using a Coordinate Measurement Machine," SAE Technical Paper 2021-01-1270, 2021, https://doi.org/10.4271/2021-01-1270.
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