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1924-01-01

THE THEORY AND ADVANTAGES OF BALANCED BRAKE-FORCES 1 240016

Describing first the two methods of brake application in use in the United States, the theory of balanced brake-forces is then propounded by the author, who compares the methods and comments upon them. Illustrations are presented and used to analyze the brake forces, and practical applications of an equalizing mechanism used in road tests of an automobile are stated and considered in some detail.
Tests on wet pavements were made and skidding was studied, the skid-checking effects being noted and explained. Additional tests were made on hills, and the results of these are included, together with a presentation of the effects of speed and pressure. Wear on the tires and on the brake-lining, the effect on steering ability, the advantages of an automatic signal that brake-adjustment is needed, and the measurement of individual brake-force are the other subjects discussed.

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