The car brake system performance has to be reliable at wide range of operating conditions. The friction based braking system reliability strongly depends on cooling capability of disc. According to this, different testing is needed to assure the performance of discs during their design and prototyping phase. The contribution presents the study of cooling capacity of different vented brake disc geometries.
Brake disc temperatures during thermal capacity test can exceed 600 C. The temperatures are highly dependent on disc cooling capability. Vented disc have higher cooling capability. There is an open issue which factor has the most significant impact. Is it air flow, air flow distribution, turbulence or …? Brake discs with the same external geometry but different internal geometry were tested on brake dynamometer and subsequently air flow parameters were analysed in cold condition to attempt to explain different maximum temperatures.