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Brake Friction Materials: Testing, Quality and Selection C1020

The choice of brake friction materials varies per application, but each must have the appropriate coefficient of friction and be able to disperse large amounts of heat without adversely effecting braking performance. This seminar will provide an introduction to brake lining raw materials and formulation, manufacturing, quality control and testing. The course covers the critical elements that must be reviewed before arriving at a lining selection decision. Different classes of friction material and their use will be defined.

Learning Objectives
By attending this seminar, you will be able to:
  • Describe the principles of friction
  • Define the basic elements of friction material formulations
  • Identify the difference between OE and after-market friction materials
  • Identify appropriate tests to distinguish the differences between friction materials
  • Interpret friction material test results

Who Should Attend
Engineers and technicians working for friction material manufacturers and suppliers to friction material industries will find this course valuable. Brake system designers, quality control auditors, product development engineers, application engineers, lab/bench/vehicle test technicians, managers/friction material sales and marketing will all gain valuable insight into this highly guarded industry.

Individuals should have some knowledge of the brake industry.
  • Principles of Friction Materials
  • Lining Coefficient of Friction
  • Formulation/Compounding Friction Material
  • Manufacturing Friction Material
  • General Asbestos/Non-asbestos Friction Material Characteristics
  • Friction Material Testing
  • Edge Code
  • Bench & Vehicle Tests
  • Wheel Dust Test
  • Government Regulations
  • OE and After-market Friction Material Lining Selection
  • Issues Facing Friction Material Industries
    • Copper in brake pads
    • CA intended regulations
  • Workshop
Mohammad Vakili

Mr. Vakili is currently a consultant in the friction material industry. Throughout his career he has held numerous positions including the Vice President of Technology & International for Fritec; Director & VP of Technical Services in the friction material industries and various related industries including Wagner Automotive, HKM, ITT, and Continental. He has traveled extensively around the world and visited most "who's who" of the friction manufacturing industries in order to select the best suitable products for a given OE or OES application. Mr. Vakili recently was a co-publisher of a research work on Automotive Wheel Dust Evaluation & Testing with Ford Motor Co. and Link Engineering. He has been a speaker and chairperson at the Brake Colloquium, FMSI, and BMC and has taught a course in "Friction Material Topics" for Continental Automotive System employees in the U.S. and Europe. A member of AIChE and SAE, Mr. Vakili has a B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.

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Fees: $835.00
SAE Members: $752.00 - $752.00

.65 CEUs
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

For additional information, contact SAE Customer Service 1-877-606-7323 (724-776-4970 outside the U.S. and Canada) or at

Duration: 1 Day
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