What is the temperature of brake disks at maximum altitude of a jumbo like a 747 and airbus A380 for say a 10 hour flight. Does the temperature drop below zero and what is the effect on the metal material used on the disk from the sudden change in temperature from one extreme, below zero degrees celcius to over 700 degrees celcius when braking?

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    $\begingroup$ Brakes are designed to handle rapid temperature increase from extreme to another (e.g. rejected takeoff at V1 on a cold airport). Problem arise when the brakes are not cold enough (some airecrafts are equipped with brakes fan to decrease brake temperature during short gate stops) $\endgroup$ – Manu H May 11 '17 at 8:36
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    $\begingroup$ Keep in mind that some types of brakes need a certain amount of temperature to be effective! $\endgroup$ – Maverick283 Jun 19 '18 at 9:45
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    $\begingroup$ See also: aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/33024/… $\endgroup$ – BowlOfRed Feb 1 at 21:07
  • $\begingroup$ Closely related (duplicate?): aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/33716/… $\endgroup$ – bogl Jul 1 at 15:32

The temperature changes from altitude to ground are not (usually) rapid. Therefore the possible sub-zero to red-hot case is not as severe as may be thought. If carbon discs are the example, they require temps that are almost beyond steel discs braking capability.

  • $\begingroup$ Agree with Lokwyr, in fact with these disks the higher the temperature the better the braking. $\endgroup$ – user40476 Jun 5 at 10:49
  • $\begingroup$ Until they burn up anyway, see this brake test clip youtube.com/watch?v=m1dv_y_3EK0 $\endgroup$ – CrossRoads Jul 1 at 18:27

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