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I Work done on brakes vs kinetic energy lost by vehicle

  1. Feb 9, 2017 #1
    When doing work on the brakes of a car or bicycle, how much of that energy is actually removed from the total kinetic energy of the vehicle?
    What is the most efficient braking system?
     
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  3. Feb 9, 2017 #2

    berkeman

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    Welcome to the PF. :smile:
    Yes, the kinetic energy is being converted into heat in the brake components.
    Regenerative braking.
     
  4. Feb 9, 2017 #3

    CWatters

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    All of the energy dissipated in the brakes comes from the kinetic energy of the car. ( Unless you are going down hill at constant velocity for example).

    You need to define what you mean by "efficiency" in this context. Beckman has given you a good answer based on one definition.
     
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