Laser Cladding Treatment for Refurbishing Disc Brake Rotors: Environmental and Tribological Analysis

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In this study, grey cast iron disc brake rotors are refurbished by adding a surface layer through laser cladding. Current methods to deal with replaced rotors mainly include remelting, with a minority fraction disposed in landfill. Both approaches result in a huge waste of resources and an increase in CO2 footprint. From a sustainable point of view, this study aims to evaluate the feasibility of refurbishing brake rotors by a combined environmental and tribological performance approach. A streamlined life cycle assessment is conducted to compare the environmental impacts between producing virgin grey cast iron brake rotors and refurbishing replaced brake rotors by laser cladding. It turns out that the energy consumption and CO2 footprint of the laser cladding refurbished brake rotors are 80% and 90% less than the virgin brake rotors. The results show that the refurbished brake rotor yields higher friction compared to the original cast iron utilizing the same pad material. The wear and particle emissions of the disc brake contact are in this study higher for the laser-cladded one compared to the original cast iron one.


Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • University of Trento

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Tribologi


TidskriftTribology Letters
Utgåva nummer2
StatusPublished - 2021 jun
Peer review utfördJa