Optimum Design of Crown Brakes

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A. Elbella

Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Bradley University, Peoria, IL 61625

A. Seireg

Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706

J. Mech. Des 112(4), 557-562 (Dec 01, 1990) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2912646 History: Received March 01, 1990; Online June 02, 2008


The use of crown brakes with heat input from both the inner and outer surfaces has been suggested as a means of improving the performance of frictional brakes. This paper presents an algorithm for the design of the optimal thermal load sharing and configuration of the rotor for brakes with different ratios of inner and outer radius. Several illustrative examples are considered and the results show that significant improvement in the performance and weight of the brake rotor can be achieved by this approach.

Copyright © 1990 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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