Optimizing brake cooling design using CFD simulation

On-Demand Webinar | 48 minutes

Use topology optimization and parametric design space exploration to increase performance levels

Brake cooling simulation for performance optimization
Brake cooling simulation for performance optimization

One of the missions of vehicle aerodynamics design is to make sure brakes are cooled properly, to enable optimal use and guarantee safety. To meet all performance level objectives, possible optimization areas in complex brakes assembly include additional cooling ducts to bring the required amount of air where needed. Optimizing the design is complex, and design teams must consider numerous factors and potential manufacturing issues. Considerations include space limitations, keeping brake temperatures at an optimal range to avoid glazed brake pads, boiling brake fluid, cracked or warped rotors, or uneven pressure on the pads. Moreover, coming up with an optimum balance between cooling and overall aerodynamics performance is a critical design factor.

During this session, our experts will introduce how CFD simulation can help implement an efficient approach to use topology optimization and parametric design space to find the best cooling design. The combination of both methodologies provides unique insights on configurations’ performance by automating the design of brake cooling ducts to reach maximum cooling potential. Parametric design exploration reveals the best patterns for reducing the temperature of the rotor.

Improve global vehicle performance and reduce costs of late thermal failures

In this webinar you will learn how to:

  • Run parametric design exploration to look at best vanes and cross drill patterns for rotor cooling to reduce the temperature of the rotor
  • Run parametric design exploration to discover the best patterns for reducing the temperature of the rotor
  • Make design decisions balancing other, sometimes conflicting, attributes to improve overall vehicle performance levels -- all while keeping costs and late defects detection under control

About the speakers

Frederick Ross

Director, Simcenter Solutions for Automotive and Transportation, Siemens Digital Industries Software

Frederick started with CD-Adapco in 1989, which was acquired in 2016 by Siemens, and has extensive experience working with customers on applications such as vehicle heat protection, aerodynamics, and passenger thermal comfort. Frederick has been directly involved in development processes enabling automation of virtual vehicle simulation from CAD to results. Frederick is currently working with the Simcenter STAR-CCM+ product management team to help customers streamline their in-house processes.

Julian Gaenz

Application Manager Manufacturing, Simcenter STAR-CCM+, Siemens Digital Industries Software

Julian is working as an application manager for manufacturing, focusing on additive manufacturing since 2016 at Siemens Digital Industries Software. Julian graduated as a mechanical engineer in 2009 from the University of Erlangen. He joined CD-Adapco in 2009 as a support engineer and moved to an application specialist role for manufacturing starting in 2012.

Kiran Voona

Technical Specialist, Vehicle Heat Protection, Siemens Digital Industries Software

Kiran Voona's previous experience includes Pre-Sales and Post-Sales technical support. He has worked extensively with various industry experts and exclusively for Automotive Industry applications. He has an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Orleans. Kiran Voona joined CD-adapco in 2007 as a Manager for Technical Support and Training.