Composite Brake Disc with Stamped Aluminium Hub - an Ultra Lightweight Variant for Luxury and Sports Cars is now available from Kamil Zawalich, Erdrich Umformtechnik GmbH , on the EuroBrake website. He answers a few related questions in this Spotlight.
What do you find most interesting about the topic you are presenting on?
The concept we presented in 2019 as an application for the passenger cars can also be up-scaled and adapted for heavy-duty commercial vehicles. Due to the use of sheet metal in the hub area we can save weight without making the disc much weaker. The plug-in concept may be one of the first successfully applied lightweight approaches in the brake discs for heavy-duty vehicles.
How has coronavirus affected your work and has it had a direct impact on the work you are presenting?
We planned to make some prototypes and run them on the real test bench in order to see how they behave in the real world. Unfortunately, it has not been possible due to the coronavirus and the closures resulting from it. We had to delay the project and we are planning to get back with the researches as soon as the general situation allows
Who do you think will be most interested in seeing your presentation and who would you most like to ask questions about it?
I suppose the paper can be interesting for commercial vehicle and trailer manufacturers, brake and brake disc manufacturers as well as the OEMs.
Kamil Zawalich is a development engineer at Erdrich with a company-wide responsibility for the finite element simulation of brake, chassis and powertrain components made of sheet metal.
Kamil studied Industrial Engineering at Offenburg University of Applied Sciences, including a Bachelor Thesis at MAN within the field of thermo-mechanical simulation of an exhaust system, as well as a Master Thesis at Erdrich within a scope of combining forming simulation with strength computation of brake components. After graduating in 2015 he established the new FE simulation environment at Erdrich by extending the internally available simulation spectre and insourcing all externally done services.