Simulation-Driven Design for Better Brake Cooling
Brake cooling is a top safety concern during new vehicle design. Because it relies on many other characteristics –aerodynamic design, brake materials, and even tires and rims – verifying brake cooling system effectiveness requires evaluating a vehicle’s complete geometry.
But traditional prototype testing can’t re-create all of the conditions brakes are subject to every day: long thermal soaks, grueling cycles of acceleration and hard stops, and the environmental effects of dirt, dust, water, and wind. And when prototype tests do uncover a failure, changing the design at this late stage can incur substantial costs and delays.
Full vehicle simulation changes all that. View the replay, Simulation-Driven Design for Better Brake Cooling, to learn how simulation with Exa PowerFLOW can overcome the challenges of prototype testing by introducing the early, design-stage evaluation of:
- Transients like thermal soak and drive cycles
- The effects of airflow throughout the system
- The impacts of wind, dirt, brake dust and water
- Root causes of issues and possible design improvements
- Tradeoffs among cooling needs and other design targets