Brake Material Manufacturers and Suppliers

IQS Directory provides a comprehensive list of brake material suppliers. Use our website to review and source top brake material suppliers with roll over ads and detailed product descriptions. Find brake material companies that can design and engineer brake materials to your companies specifications. Then contact the brake material companies through our quick and easy request for quote form. Website links, company profile, locations, phone, product videos and product information is provided for each company. Access customer reviews and keep up to date with product new articles. Whether you are looking for manufacturers of brake friction materials, durable brake materials, heat resistant brake materials, or customized brake material of every type, this is the resource for you.

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    A few weeks ago, I attended a beer and music festival in northern Michigan. I had been to music festivals before, but never a beer festival, and never in the winter. If you've ever spent time in Michigan during the winter, you know that it can be a pretty cold place, especially in late January and February. I won't go into detail about how great the festival was (it was), but I will explain why I've brought it up here at the friction materials blog. There was no parking at...

  • Industrial Friction Materials

    Imagine that you are driving a combine harvester (in case it helps you imagine, combine harvesters are the big agricultural machines with circular threshers mounted at the front). You're minding your own business, harvesting grain products, when suddenly you realize that you need to stop you're going to run over Schr dinger the Scarecrow, a family farm heirloom. You smash down on the brakes, but nothing happens. You're not moving particularly fast, but combine harvesters are huge machines, and inertia is sure to carry you straight over Schr dinger, wiping...

  • Brake Materials Supplier Resources

    Trade associations and guilds are invaluable resources for industrial operations and professionals in all kinds of industrial contexts. This is as true for people in the brake materials industry as it is for any other professionals in other industries. But finding these resources can sometimes be a challenge. You'll find in this post a few helpful resources related to the friction materials industry and ways to access them. One of the most prominent of these resources is the Society of Automobile Engineers, which is usually referred to as SAE. Because...

  • Brake Materials: Kevlar Vs. Sintered Brake Pads

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Brake Materials

Brake materials encompass a wide variety of durable and heat resistant substances used in the construction of devices which reduce the speed and stop spinning surfaces of vehicle wheels as a result of increased friction. Braking systems that utilize these materials are made up of several components such as brake bands, brake lining, brake pads, brake shoes and brake blocks.

The many different mechanical parts require many different brake materials. Likewise, the myriad of applications for brakes necessitates variable construction. These devices are used in automotive, railway, transit coach, bicycle, construction machinery and agricultural industries to help control speed and stop vehicles ranging from tractors to race cars. No matter the size or specific part, there are general guidelines for brake materials. These materials must be strong and able to resist wear effects as might be accrued from scoring, galling and ablation. As braking generates a great deal of waste heat, these materials must account for thermal expansion and remain constant at a range of temperatures, have high heat capacity, good thermal properties and conductivity. These systems inherently deal with a great deal of pressure making the ability to withstand high contact pressures essential to their functionality. Braking systems are often exposed to the environment and must also be able to endure moisture, dust and other environmental factors while continuing to provide consistent slowing capabilities. Many, but not all, components are involved in the creation of friction that leads to the slowing of a vehicle. These particular components must exhibit all of the above characteristics while also maintaining a high coefficient of friction, which is the ratio of the force of friction between two bodies in contact with one another. These friction materials are often rough or textured to provide added friction and increase efficiency.

The basic process of braking relies heavily on the functionality and efficiency of the materials used to manufacture each of the many parts. In braking systems, a lever or pedal is pressed, releasing brake fluid which is put under pressure and delivered to the braking mechanism for each wheel simultaneously. A small hydraulic pump engages the brake shoe or caliper. The shoe presses the pad, or brake lining, into the spinning wheel or disc. The friction created by contact between the two materials causes the wheel to slow in proportion to the amount of pressure applied. Among the high stress but low friction components such as the brake shoe or caliper, steel, cast iron, aluminum and ceramics are common. While asbestos was once the most popular choice for elements encountering large amounts of friction, health hazards have lead brake production to find alternatives. Ceramic, copper, steel, iron, mineral, cellulose, aramid, chopped glass, rubber and brass are all used in the creation of composite materials used in brakes. These amalgamations are useful in that they retain the qualities, friction resistance and strength, of any and all powders and fibers used in their formation. These brake materials are often attached via rivets or strong adhesives to metal bases. Field experience, as well as chemical and material engineering, allows constant advancements in brake material design. These advancements result in reduced maintenance and operating costs, longer wear life, better functionality and overall consumer satisfaction.

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