In this course, James Walker, Jr. delves into brake control technology. Starting with the fundamentals of the tire-road interface, this course introduces participants to brake control system mechanization, system sensor needs, and the basic control strategies employed by anti-lock braking systems (ABS), traction control systems (TCS), electronic stability control systems (ESC), and their derivatives.
Limiting factors and compromises that must be made in the design and development of brake control systems are covered through a brief review of hydraulic brake system functionality, the friction circle concept, and the fundamentals of longitudinal and lateral vehicle dynamics. Brake control system integration with other vehicle on-board technologies are also discussed.
Based on the popular classroom seminar, the nine and a half hour course is divided into 13 modules accompanied by a handbook. Walker revisits key concepts in a summary at the end of the course to reinforce learning and retention.
By participating in this course, you will be able to:
This course was developed for engineers involved in all disciplines related to the design or development of vehicle braking systems, vehicle dynamics, powertrain systems, or chassis/suspension systems. A basic knowledge of college algebra, college physics, and a familiarity with vehicle foundation brake system functionality is required.
Individuals new to the field of brake control systems will benefit most from the material; this course is not intended for individuals with significant background in, or experience with, brake control systems. In addition, please note that because of proprietary considerations this class does not provide details of algorithm design, algorithm performance, or algorithm application.
This course has been approved by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) for 13 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.
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James Walker, Jr. is currently a Principal Engineer specializing in chassis, brake, and electronic brake control systems at Carr Engineering, Inc. His prior professional experience includes brake control system development, design, release, and application engineering at Kelsey-Hayes, Saturn Corporation, General Motors, Bosch, Ford Motor Company, and Delphi.
Mr. Walker created scR motorsports consulting in 1997, and subsequently competed in seven years of SCCA Club Racing in the Showroom Stock and Improved Touring categories. Through scR motorsports, he has been actively serving as an industry advisor to Kettering University in the fields of brake system design and brake control systems. Since 2001, he has served as a brake control system consultant for StopTech, a manufacturer of high-performance racing brake systems.
In addition to providing freelance material to multiple automotive publications focusing on chassis and brake technology, Mr. Walker is the author of High-Performance Brake Systems: Design, Selection, and Installation. In 2005, he was presented with the SAE Forest R. McFarland Award for distinction in professional development and education and in 2010, he was awarded the SAE Master Instructor designation. Mr. Walker obtained his B.S.M.E. in 1994 from GMI Engineering & Management Institute.
"Forget any general idea you may have about brakes; this class introduces the complexity of the brake control systems and the engineering design that goes into it."
Quality Engineering Powertrain
Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky
"This was an excellent technical description of all SCS systems, even for experienced engineers."
"Very good introduction to brake control systems. Our class had many different levels of knowledge coming into the class. I believe everyone was able to come away with new knowledge and understanding."
Honda of America Mfg., Inc.