The Efficiency of Organic and Sintered Brakes

The purpose of this experiment was to determine which brake material, organic or sintered, was the most efficient in braking for cars and bikes. Braking is important to everyone in the world like drivers, and cyclists. The driver needs to know which brake material will be the most effective so he can stop quick enough before the red light, or prevent an accident that was unforeseen. The cyclist must know so he can stop without flipping over his handle bars or so he can avoid any cars or accidents he may encounter on his ride.

This research was conducted with a bike tire that utilizes disc brakes for its method of braking. Two different brake pad types were bought to be tested, organic and sintered. The pads were tested with a constant braking force being applied to find the deceleration of the tire for each brake pad. A two sample t-test was run for this experiment to find the significance of the brake pads results. The brakes’ decelerations were compared to find the most effective brake pad. Based on the significance of the t-test and the difference in accelerations the sintered brake pad was found to be more effective when braking than the organic brake pad.

Research Conducted By:

Mario Nona
Sterling Heights High School

Robert Pedder
Sterling Heights High School