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Mr. Asmawi Sanuddin, University of Leeds, UNITED KINGDOM

Prof. David Barton, University of Leeds, UNITED KINGDOM

Dr. Peter Brooks, University of Leeds, UNITED KINGDOM

Dr. Carl Gilkeson, University of Leeds, UNITED KINGDOM

Dr. Shahriar Kosarieh, University of Leeds, UNITED KINGDOM

Prof. Suman Shrestha, Keronite International Ltd, UNITED KINGDOM

Lightweight disc brake rotors have become a popular alternative to conventional grey cast iron (GCI). The thermal and tribological response of these brake rotors will differ during a braking operation. This may result in the generation of particulate wear debris with different characteristics, which can affect the environment and human health to different degrees. Studies have shown a relationship between adverse health effects and the characteristics of airborne particulate matter such as particle size, concentration and chemical composition. In this study, the particulate matter released from a novel lightweight disc brake rotor is compared to that released from the conventional grey cast iron rotor. The lightweight brake rotor was made of aluminium alloy (Al6082) and its rubbing surfaces were treated using the Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO) process. The process produced hard, dense, wear-resistant and well-adhered alumina coatings of approximate thickness 50 microns.

A novel test rig was developed based upon the existing Leeds full-scale disc brake dynamometer. An enclosure was constructed around the brake assembly and ducting was carefully designed to ensure the cleanliness of the intake air to the system. Both brake rotors were tested under drag-braking conditions of constant sliding speed and applied braking pressure. Three braking test conditions with hydraul