The Size Effect of Silicon Carbide Particles on the Wear of Brake Pad Materials is now available from Thais Rodrigues Gomes, Fras-le S.A., on the EuroBrake website. She answers a few related questions in this Spotlight.
What do you find most interesting about the topic you are presenting on?
The most interesting and challenging topic of my subject is the difficulty of relating the effect of the particles to the final product. Because many things are happening at the same time in a compound with more than 10 elements. Furthermore, it is difficult to understand what is happening due to the constant changes in the surface of both the pad and the disc. Therefore, it is so important to understand and isolate the raw material effect to develop a brake pad with more certainty of the phenomenon that is occurring.
How has coronavirus affected your work and has it had a direct impact on the work you are presenting?
The coronavirus, in some way, affected my work, because for SEM analysis I depend on university equipment and the university was closed for this type of service.
Who do you think will be most interested in seeing your presentation and who would you most like to ask questions about it?
I think development chemist of brake pad industry will be more interested in my paper, and I would like to receive questions from tribologists about my work.
Thais Rodrigues Gomes is a development chemist engineer with Fras-le Research Group in Caxias do Sul, Brazil.
She began working in the automotive segment in 2011. She received her bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Caxias do Sul in 2016. In addition, she started her master’s degree in Material Engineering at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in 2018.
During these years, her work has focused upon developing methods for raw material characterization at the chemical laboratory. With a strong innovative vocation, Fras-le counts with one of the largest Research & Development Centers in Latin America, comprising three laboratories. In September 2020, she started as a development chemist engineer, now focused upon material development for automotive brake pad.