Knorr-Bremse is developing a new generation of 'future-ready' disc brakes for heavy-duty commercial vehicles, known as Synact.
According to Knorr-Bremse, the modular system will act as the foundation for future connectivity of mechanical and electronic brake components as functionality can be equipped based on requirements.
The design of the mechanical parts keeps clearance within a narrow tolerance band, while the lighter caliper ensures a braking torque of 30 KN can be maintained even during prolonged braking manoeuvres. Braking torque has reportedly been increased by eleven per cent and weight has been reduced by 10 per cent.
As well as replacing purely mechanical functions with mechatronic ones, the developers at Knorr-Bremse are planning to provide sensor-based condition monitoring for the entire wheelend.
The design offers a complete, functionally optimised wheelend including friction pairing and actuator, and the use of an optimised flat SD disc saves additional weight.
The discs also show less deformation at extreme temperatures, develop fewer heat cracks and ensure more even use of the friction mass, making for optimum wear and longer service life.