Hydraulic brake systems, one of the most important safety features on many road vehicles today, must meet manufacturer and customer requirements in addition to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. This course will analyze automotive braking from a system's perspective, emphasizing legal requirements as well as performance expectations such as pedal feel, stopping distance, fade and thermal management. Calculations necessary to predict brake balance and key system sizing variables that contribute to performance will be discussed. Major components of a brake system, including calipers, boosters, master cylinders, drum brakes, and park brakes will be presented in detail highlighting the many design variations. An overview of the chassis control components and operating principles will be presented with an emphasis on ABS, traction control and stability control.
This course has been approved by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) for 18 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Upon completion of this seminar, accredited reconstructionists should mail a copy of their course certificate and the $5 student CEU fee to ACTAR, PO Box 1493, North Platte, NE 69103.
By attending this seminar, you will be able to:
This course is designed for engineers interested or responsible for the specification, prediction and validation of braking system performance. It will also benefit engineers responsible for brake component design by providing insight into the interaction of components and the contribution to system level performance metrics.
A basic understanding of vehicle dynamics and familiarity with hydraulic principles would be helpful, but is not required.
”This brake course provides a good balance between real life examples and the basic fundamentals behind automotive brake systems. "
Brake Design Engineer
"This was an excellent overview of the topic, but it dealt with enough specifics to give me a good knowledge base to help me do my job better."
”This course gives engineers a very good understanding of the hydraulic brake system to further develop parts of the system."
"I felt the class was well-organized, structered efficiently, and the instructor utilized significant industry experience to present real-world examples and illustrate his points clearly. Overall, it was a great class."
"Great introductory class, well balanced with vehicle and main component based level with good industry examples."
"A strong introductory course of the entire vehicle braking system. Highly recomended for new engineers in the field."
"Instructor had deep industry knowledge and provided great insight. I thoroughly enjoyed the class."
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.
Thomas J. Hall currently owns and manages MaxG Technology LLC. a technical consulting and training company, specializing in Vehicle Braking and Stability technology for the transportation industry, formerly the Chief Engineer for Global Brake Systems - General Motors for the Robert Bosch Chassis Systems Division. Prior to that, he was the Engineering Manager for System Design and Validation at ITT Automotive, Continental Teves. His experience also includes development of ABS, TCS and Stability Control Systems, responsibility for application of system engineering principles and process to the brake industry and development and promotion of brake system proposals and advance braking technologies. Mr. Hall has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Finance from Walsh College.