The Federal Mogul Corporation has developed a new copper-free brake pad. (Photo : Reuters)
The Federal Mogul Corporation has developed a new range of formulated brake pads using a new tribological finger printing process.
The newly formulated brake pads will be sold under the Eco-Friction name. The customer trials in the past has been successful and the company is aiming to launch the latest technology in various parts of U.S. According to an official press release from the company, "Copper is a key ingredient in high-performance brake pad formulations, liming pad and root wear, noise and judder and contributing to friction stability over a wide range of operating temperatures. The metal makes up to 5 to 20 percent of the friction material mass in typical Non-Asbestos Organic (NAO) and Low-steel formulations used in North America, Asia and Europe."
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"Federal Mogul has succeeded in formulating low and zero copper Low Steel and NAO brake materials for our Eco Friction range that provide outstanding braking performance and confidence using tribological fingerprinting," said Ramzi Hermiz, Senior Vice President for the Federal Mogul Corporation. "This process has given us deeper insight into the complex chemical characteristics and relationships within a brake pad's friction material and has reduced the time required to identify optimum solutions. The approach means we have the tools to eliminate copper more efficiently and to deliver custom solutions more quickly."
The official press release states that the scientists in the company who were involved in the research process for years used knowledge of copper tribological fingerprint and found out on how its function could change as the brake pad heats and cools.
"Developing these comprehensive datasets has enabled Federal Mogul to create higher performance brake materials with shorter development times," said Frank Munchow, Director of Technology and Innovation, vehicle Safety and Protection, Federal Mogul.