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Brake System Balance for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks WB1413

Designing a brake system requires the ability to balance a multitude of parameters against the required tradeoffs of system weight, system cost, and system performance. Understanding the basic fundamentals of how each brake component attribute contributes to the overall Force vs Deceleration behavior of the vehicle is critical to the design and release of a safe, legal and optimized system for today"s vehicles. Brake balance also is a contributing factor to other chassis control and safety systems, such as regenerative braking, ABS, and electronic brake distribution (EBD).

In three-sessions, this web seminar will cover the fundamentals of the development of braking forces generated by the brake system and the theory and principals to properly balance a brake system in accordance with legal requirements. Brake balance modifiers will also be presented.

This live online course allows for a detailed presentation of this topic for those unable to participate in the longer and broader classroom seminar, C0509 -  Hydraulic Brake Systems for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks.

This course has been approved by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) for 6 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.

This course also satisfies a requirement in the Accident Reconstruction Certificate Program.

Learning Objectives
By participating in this web seminar, you will be able to:
  • Calculate the braking force on a vehicle from the installed brake components
  • Determine the deceleration achieved by a vehicle for a given set of brake components
  • Analyze and interpret the actual brake balance for a given vehicle and brake components
  • Calculate the ideal brake forces required for a vehicle
  • Evaluate tradeoffs between actual and ideal brake forces
  • Calculate the impact of brake balance modifiers on vehicle braking performance

Who Should Attend
This course is designed for engineers interested in or responsible for: the specification, prediction and validation of braking system performance; brake component design by providing insight into the interaction of components and the contribution to system level performance metrics; the tuning and calibration of Chassis Control Systems including ABS, TCS, ESP, ROM and Regenerative Braking Systems. Practical experience in the design or validation of brake or chassis control systems is helpful in getting the most from this course.

Session 1
  • Brake System Sizing - Brake Force Determination

    • Applicable legal requirements for a brake system
    • Derivation of brake input force vs. vehicle deceleration relationship

Session 2
  • Actual Brake Force Balance and Considerations

    • Derivation of actual brake force balance
    • Determination of special actual brake balance conditions (front only, rear only)

Session 3
  • Brake Balance Analysis

    • Derivation of ideal brake force balance for a vehicle
    • Tradeoff analysis between actual brake force and ideal brake forces
    • Utilizing brake balance modifiers to refine the brake system
Registration Information
Registration for this live web seminar is available on a per-person basis, similar to purchasing a seat in a classroom. Participants attend an online session from work or home; anywhere with a PC with internet access and a telephone. The fee includes one connection to the conference calls (toll free telephone number provided for U.S. and select countries*) and assigned personal ID number; one connection to SAE's online training center (via WebEx); and access to a secure course in the SAE Learning Center that contains the presentations, supplemental materials, and assignments.

Registrations will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. the day before the start of the web seminar, but early registration is encouraged to allow for pre-course set-up and instructions.

*Global toll-free telephone numbers are provided for many countries outside the U.S., but are limited to those on the WebEx call-in toll-free number list. Check here to see if your country has a global call-in toll free telephone number for this web seminar. If your country is not listed, you may still connect using the US/Canada Call-in toll number or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

Although WebEx Training Manager will automatically launch when you join the web seminar, you or your system administrator are encouraged to download the plug-in in advance to help ensure successful setup. Click here, then follow the onscreen instructions.

Multiple Seat Discount - Does your company have a group of employees who need this course? Register one individual at the appropriate member or list price, then register additional employees at half off the list price. Registration by phone with

If you cannot attend, you may register a substitute in your place or transfer your registration to a future offering. A full refund is issued if you notify SAE at least 14 days prior to web seminar start date. If canceled less than 14 days prior, the full fee is charged. For $50, you may process a one-time transfer to a future offering within one year of canceled web seminar. Canceling may reduce group discounts. To cancel, transfer or send a substitute, call SAE Customer Service at 1-877-606-7323 (US & Canada only) or 1-724-776-4970.

Thomas J. Hall

Thomas J. HallThomas 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.

Fees: $550.00
SAE Members: $440.00 - $495.00

.6 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: 6 Hours
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