Guest Speakers

Saikiran Divakaruni

Saikiran is currently serving as the Engineering Manager for the Friction Engineering group, overseeing all North American programs at ZF Group. In addition to this role, he holds the position of Global Technical Lead for Friction Engineering at ZF. Prior to joining ZF, he worked for 2 years at Brakes India Ltd in Chennai, India. He has a total 14 years of experience in braking industry.
Saikiran' s educational background includes Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Anna university, India, Master's degree in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Oklahoma State University, USA. He has furthered his academic achievements by earning an MBA from Oakland University, USA.
In addition to his managerial and technical roles, Saikiran actively participates in several SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) committees. He serves as the Chairperson of the SAE Brake Linings Standards Committee, highlighting his deep involvement in industry standards and regulations related to brake linings.

AI & ML in Electric and Autonomous Vehicle Brake Design and Development

The electric vehicle (EV) market has experienced rapid growth in recent years on a global scale. As the automotive industry undergoes a transformation from internal combustion engines (IC) to battery-powered vehicles, numerous changes are occurring within vehicle systems, including braking systems. The brake system, in particular, faces distinctive challenges compared to other components because it involves friction materials that constantly evolve due to factors such as moisture, heat, and wear. This dynamic landscape necessitates the adaptation of the braking industry. There is a pressing need for updated specifications and test procedures to assess brake pads and appropriately size brakes to meet the evolving demands of electric vehicles.
Simultaneously, significant advancements are being made in the development of autonomous vehicles (AVs), and the progress in EV technology is complementing these AV developments. The integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) is transforming various industries, and the automotive brake sector is no exception. This is an exciting time to explore how AI and ML can be harnessed for the development of both EVs and AVs, particularly in the context of braking systems and friction materials. These technologies hold the potential to revolutionize the way we design, optimize, and test braking solutions for the vehicles of the future.

Dr. James Fash

Dr. James Fash has worked at the leading edge of Vehicle Engineering and Brake Systems with both OEM vehicle engineering and Tier 1 suppliers. He currently leads the advanced chassis actives at Zoox where they are creating autonomous mobility from the ground up.

The Future of Mobility - Status of Autonomous Vehicle Development and the Impact on Brake Systems Engineering
Autonomous Mobility has the potential to revolutionize the transportation industry in a manner similar to the introduction of the automobile 125 years ago. This presentation will provide an overview the evolution to the current state of the art, an overview of the architecture of the autonomous vehicle and the impact on brake systems engineering.

Prof. Georg Ostermeyer

Professional Degrees in Mathematics, Physics and Mechanical Engineering

Professional Career:
Research employee Volkswagen AG (1988 - 1992)
Professor for Friction Physics at University of Berlin, Germany (1992-2000)
Professor for Dynamics and Vibrations at University of Braunschweig, Germany (2000 - today)
Head of Institute of Dynamics and Vibration, Braunschweig, Germany (2000 – 2022)
Chief Technical Officer at SiDyS GmbH (2022 – today)

Research (excerpt): Friction, Wear and Emissions of Brakes

Honors (excerpt):
- 2009, 2010, 2013 each: Allan M. Lang Award, SAE International
- 2011: Lloyd L. Withrow Award, SAE International
- 2015: Dan Mahanna Achievement Award, International Brake Industry
Invited Professorships in University of Linz, Austria
Invited Professorships in University of Kremenchuk, Ukraine

Others (excerpt): Member of the Steering Board respectively Advisory Board of Asia Brake, SAE Brake Colloquium, Eurobrake.

Analysing brake measurement data with data science

Friction in brakes is highly dynamic and is characterised by highly complex processes in the interface between pad and disc, but also in the mechanics of the brake calliper and the pad suspension and lining. Closely related are the NVH processes, which have a significant impact on brake comfort. There are many different measurement methods to characterise these processes, such as the AK master test or the WLTP brake cycles. All of these methods generate huge amounts of data. As time and costs are high, predictive models are sought that at least partially reduce the measurement effort without reducing the essential information for the brake engineer.
For this purpose, Data Science provides a growing set of very powerful tools that can generate models from data. The talk will give a brief introduction to different areas of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence and will present concrete examples of model generation for brakes.

Dr. Theo Grigoratos

Theo Grigoratos is a Chemist, Ph.D. He graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. In 2011, he submitted his doctoral research in the field of environmental pollution control with specific attention to air pollution and road transport. In 2013, Theo joined the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, where he works as a researcher and project officer in the fields of sustainable mobility, clean environment, and climate change mitigation. He is responsible – among others – for the study of non-exhaust emissions with a specific focus on brake and tire wear particle emissions from Light- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles. Theo steered the development of the Global Technical Regulation on brake emissions (GTR 24) at the United Nations World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (UNECE WP.29) level. Finally, Theo supported the development of the Euro 7 standards regulation proposal as the key non-exhaust expert on the European Commission's side.

Brake particle emissions – What’s next (A future outlook)

European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, Sustainable, Smart, and Safe Mobility Unit, Ispra, Italy
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Working Party on Pollution and Energy (GRPE), Particle Measurement Programme Informal Working Group (PMP IWG)
The topic of brake particle emissions has received significant attention over the last decade. The scientific community, the industry, as well as several regulatory bodies around the world have worked hard – each one from their perspective – to contribute to a zero-emissions policy by minimizing brake particle emissions.
The research community has worked in delivering results and assessments on a series of topics, such as the understanding of the braking fundamentals, the contribution of brake wear particle emissions to ambient air quality, the quantification of real-world brake wear particle mass and number emission factors, and the possible adverse effects of brake debris on human health. The industry has been investing in research and development to bring forward innovative solutions such as new types of discs and pads as well as filtration technologies with great potential for reducing brake wear PM and PN. Additionally, the gradual electrification of the fleet is already contributing to brake wear particle emissions minimization.
In January 2023, the Global Technical Regulation on brake emissions (GTR 24) was adopted at the United Nations World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations level (WP29). This is the first-ever regulation addressing non-exhaust emissions, worldwide. Additionally, Europe has decided to include brake emissions in the upcoming Euro 7 standards regulation. The first proposal on the limits for Light-Duty vehicles up to 3.5t was submitted recently and discussions regarding the details of the application are on-going. The current presentation tries to address – among others – how the new regulations will change the current state of play related to brake particle emissions in Europe and worldwide. Additionally, it will be discussed whether available innovative technologies are adequate to allow the industry to meet the proposed standards.

Prof. Francesco Massi

Prof. Francesco Massi is currently Full Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. In 2003 he received the degree in Mechanical Engineering from La Sapienza, following a period of research at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He obtained the Ph.D. in "Theoretical and applied mechanics" at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" in 2006, in parallel with the Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the INSA of Lyon. Between 2007 and 2012 he held the position of Lecturer at the Contact and Structural Mechanics Laboratory of the INSA of Lyon, before joining “La Sapienza”. Currently a member of the steering committee of the Italian Association of Tribology, he is actively involved in different committees, journals and projects aimed at the dissemination of tribology in academia and its technological transfer in industry. Author of several works on NVH issues, his research activities focus on tribology, dynamics and biomechanics.

Interplay between interface and system dynamics in automotive brakes
In brake systems, the contact interface is the place where vehicle kinetic energy is either dissipated, or partially transferred into acoustic energy. Induced vibrations, either stable or unstable, are in fact a necessary process of energy conversion in dry contacts, explaining why NVH issues are ever-present and extremely difficult to avoid or even reduce. The mechanisms underlying such energy transformation, and the consequent energy paths, are at the origin of the dynamic excitation, which originates at the interface and feed vibrational energy into the brake system. Here, an investigation on the interface dynamic mechanisms, their role in feeding acoustic energy and triggering instabilities, and their modelling in nowadays numerical tools is presented. Finally, the role played by interface fast dynamics in particle emission will be discussed, highlighting how fast transient phenomena at the interface can exacerbate the wear particle flows.



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