Do Friction Brakes Have a Future?
Alternative and Combined Brake Systems
Head of Development Foundation Brake and Brake System Design
Dr. Franck Bourgeteau
Director of the Rolling Stock
Test Center (AEF)
The trend towards increasing hybridisation and electrification of vehicle propulsion continues world-wide as the transportation industry faces relentless pressure to improve efficiency. For brake engineers the focus is increasingly on recovering kinetic energy currently wasted under braking, as well as reducing the mass of the traditional brake system.
With this in mind, the ambition for the automotive and rail industries is surely to reduce (and ultimately eliminate) friction braking from passenger cars, commercial vehicles and railway rolling stock, thus recovering the maximum available kinetic energy from deceleration and potentially removing a heavy, complex and expensive mechanical system from the vehicle altogether.
But how realistic is a future without friction brakes?
The engineering challenges of brake blending, fully electric actuation etc. are vast.
Our expert panel will debate the likely future development curve of advanced non-friction braking capabilities and discuss time horizons for when we might see these systems taking over the role of traditional friction braking in mainstream vehicle production.
Head of Safety Equipments and Brake Department< br/>SNCF
Dr. Edwin Liebemann
Senior Vice President Engineering
Chassis Systems Control
Director Technology and Production
Deutsche Bahn Systemtechnik
Prof. Dr. Klaus Augsburg
Vice-Rector for Science (THIMO)
Departmental Head of Automotive Technology TU Ilmenau
Chassis Technology Development Division
Development Brake Systems
Daimler Buses EvoBus