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Homework Help: Hydraulic brake system

  1. Nov 28, 2007 #1


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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    The area of the piston in the master cylinder is 1.8cm^2, and that of the piston in the brake cylinder is 6.4cm^2. The coefficient of friction between shoe and wheel drum is .50. If the wheel has a radius of 34cm, determine the frictional torque about the axle when a force of 44N is exerted on the brake pedal.

    (Pedal)--[master cylinder]-----[brake cylinder]-----(shoe)Wheel drum

    2. Relevant equations

    F=(mu)*normal force


    3. The attempt at a solution

    I solved for F2 and got 12.4N. Is this the force that the shoe exerts on the wheel drum?
    If that is correct, how do i go about solving for the torque?

    thank you
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  3. Nov 28, 2007 #2

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    You have to know where the force is being applied on the wheel. Since a radius is given, it seems logical to take the force as being applied at that ditance.

    Torque about a point = force*dist from that pt to line of action of force.
  4. Dec 27, 2007 #3
    I might be wrong, but I was going through the problem statement and got a doubt there.

    I think you have considered A1 as aan area of Master Cylinder, then F1 should be 44 N, as it is the force applied on the brake pedal. F2 must be a force exerted by a brake cylinder. Please correct me if my thinking is wrong...
  5. Dec 28, 2007 #4

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    Going through the problem again, I think user Chandrakiran is correct. Exerting 44 N and getting 12.4 N doesn't seem realistic. The OP had not specified which are the brake and master cylinders, and I had only anwered as to how to find the torque.

    Nice work, Chandrakiran.
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