The Optimal Design of a Drum Friction Plate Using AnsysWorkbench

Xiaoyi JIN, Xiangwei ZHANG, Zhengzhu ZHOU, Zailiang YUAN, Yuyi Lin


In this paper Solid Works is used to establish the geometric model of drum brake. The solid model is imported into AnsysWorkbench, and analyzed for the friction plate stress distribution under different conditions. The results show that when the friction plate material is less metal, the thickness is between 3 mm and 5 mm, the starting angle is between 25 degrees and 27 degrees, the concentration degree of contact stress reduces and the volatility is relatively stable.  This can provide good braking performance and increase the service life.  The optimization parameters can provide data support for the development of new drum brake.


Drum friction plate; Finite element analysis; Stress distribution; Optimal design

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