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Steel Vs Carbon Brake Wear

Mon Sep 07, 2009 6:37 am

Hi folks,

It's well known that in aviation and automotive applications, carbon brakes handle heat better, last longer, and are lighter.

But I've read time and again on this forum that carbon brakes also wear only per application, regardless of how much friction/heat/energy is involved in each application.

I can't quite wrap my head around this. A carbon brake system is still comprised of friction surfaces rubbing together, so why do they not wear in proportion to how much friction they generate during each application?
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RE: Steel Vs Carbon Brake Wear

Mon Sep 07, 2009 1:03 pm

Some discussion here.... see the long reply by "Overrun"
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RE: Steel Vs Carbon Brake Wear

Mon Sep 07, 2009 2:06 pm

Boeing AERO magazine had an intersting article this year on Carbon brakes.

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