Strategy Panel

Do Friction Brakes Have a Future?
Alternative and Combined Brake Systems

Jan Munchhoff Strategy Panel EuroBrake 2014Jan Münchhoff
Head of Development Foundation Brake and Brake System Design

Franck Bourgeteau Strategy Panel Chair EuroBrake 2014Dr. 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.


Franck Martin Strategy Panel Panelist EuroBrake 2014Franck Martin
Head of Safety Equipments and Brake Department< br/>SNCF

Edwin Liebemann Strategy Panel Panelist EuroBrake 2014Dr. Edwin Liebemann
Senior Vice President Engineering
Chassis Systems Control
Robert Bosch

Johannes Graeber Strategy Panel Panelist EuroBrake 2014Johannes Gräber
Director Technology and Production
Deutsche Bahn Systemtechnik

Klaus Augsburg Strategy Panel Panelist EuroBrake 2014Prof. Dr. Klaus Augsburg
Vice-Rector for Science (THIMO)
Departmental Head of Automotive Technology TU Ilmenau

Yasushi Suganuma Strategy Panel Panelist EuroBrake 2014Yasushi Suganuma
Chief Engineer
Chassis Technology Development Division

Tobias Ell Strategy Panel Panelist EuroBrake2014Tobias Ell
Senior Associate
Development Brake Systems
Daimler Buses EvoBus

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Important dates

Tuesday 20 January 2015
Deadline for review-ready papers
Tuesday 10 March 2015
Deadline for final papers
Tuesday 24 March 2015
Deadline for upload of oral-only presentations, speaker biographies and final abstracts

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EuroBrake Partners

  • Institute of Mechanical Engineers
  • Pole Frein

Diamond Sponsor

  • ITT

Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsors

  • Federal Mogul
  • Horiba
  • Link Europe GmbH
  • NOF Metal Coatings Europe S.A.
  • Polytec GmbH
  • Wolverine Advanced Materials GmbH
  • Siemens

Student Sponsor

  • Daimler

Gala Dinner Sponsor

  • Advanced Noise Technologies

Drinks Reception Sponsor

  • MAT Holdings Inc