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Analysis of Metal Pick-Up Formation Process within Automotive Brake Pad

SAE International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing

University of Yamanashi, Japan-Takahiro Takei
Ask Technica Corporation, Japan-Hirokazu Noda
  • Journal Article
  • 05-13-01-0003
Published 2019-11-19 by SAE International in United States
Metal Pick-Up (MPU) is a problematic phenomenon in automotive disc brakes. MPU generally forms as some metal lumps on the surface of the brake pad. If brake pads have MPU, during braking they would cause grooving of the disc rotor, generating brake noise and deteriorating the performance of the brake. The previous literature has so far reported that the source of the MPU is an Fe component from a disc rotor or brake pads. However, only a few of the generation mechanisms of MPU have been proven. We investigate MPU to completely elucidate the mechanism of MPU generation by using different analyses than the previous literature. First, to find out the source of MPU generation, we focus on the chemical reaction of a certain component with wear debris during braking, and some of the verification experiments are conducted under the conditions of simulated friction interface. Second, to clarify the change in the form of the MPU growth process, the crystal structure of MPU is analyzed in detail by using the world’s largest synchrotron radiation facility…