Carbon brakes were originally used in the operation of highly efficient military aircraft. Low weight and the absorption capacity of high carbon brakes guaranteed their cost, which was historically higher than the cost of steel brakes.
However, advances in carbon brake production & refurbishment processes can reduce the ‘cost of each arrival’ of carbon brakes to the point where they are more expensive to compete with steel brakes making their increased use for commercial aircraft.
Advantages of Carbon Brakes over Steel Brakes:
✅ Longevity: Carbon brakes offer twice as much coverage as steel brakes.
✅ Effectiveness Cost-effectiveness: In many operations, the life cycle costs of carbon brakes are now similar to those of steel brakes.
✅ Performance High Performance: Carbon brakes have greater power input than steel brakes.
✅ Simple: Carbon brakes are much lighter than steel brakes. The B737 NG can save up to 550Lbs with carbon brakes.
✅ Environment: Low carbon brakes lead to less fuel consumption, which reduces carbon dioxide emissions (C02).
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