Researchers from UBCO, Iran and Toronto are trying to come up with a way to improve the braking systems on cars and trains.
The group mixed carbon fibres into polymer-based brakes, which makes them self-lubricating. UBCO School of Engineering assistant professor Mohammad Arjmand said the new kind of brakes can prevent wear and tear, and have better frictional properties than those currently on the market.
“No researcher in Canada is currently working in this area,” says Arjmand, one of the lead researchers on the project, “and the work is very important for the automotive and railroad industries.”
Arjmand is working with researchers from Sharif University of Technology in Iran and the University of Toronto. One of their goals is to prevent crashes. Two per cent of U.S. collisions are caused by component failures, and 22 per cent of those are from brake-related problems.
“As we continue to develop nanomaterials and mix them with polymers to develop multifunctional composite cocktails that can address issues such as friction, wear, and heat distribution at the molecular level, we will continue to help the industry evolve,” Arjmand said.
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