Brake Friction Material


In modern vehicles, friction braking is the most common method of braking. Friction converts kinetic energy into thermal energy when applied to the moving parts of a system. As friction prevents motion, heat is generated, eventually bringing the speed down to zero.

As a result of continuous research and development for the automotive brake friction material, gradual phase-out of asbestos led to an asbestos-free friction material market increased in recent years. A fire retardant, asbestos-free friction material compound for brake linings is blended. It contains fibers to fortify, friction-enhancement components, elastomeric components, and thermosetting components. In addition to exhibiting good friction properties, the composite shows good resistance to wear and good temperature stability. It led the friction industries to develop different kinds of brake linings and brake pads, with their composition, each performing the very same function and claiming to be better. It is more about tradition and experimentation than a fundamental understanding of friction materials that determine the choice of brake friction materials.

Brake elements

According to the market database, a brake friction’s purpose is to contain and dissipate heat generated by a vehicle’s kinetic energy. Providing reliable, durable, lightweight, low noise, stable friction, low wear, and acceptable cost versus performance are just a few of the requirements of brake materials for commercial trucks and cars. Friction brakes come in two basic types, drum/shoe brakes, and disk/pad brakes. Factors such as heat flow, reliability, noise characteristics, and ease of maintenance of brakes are influenced by brake design.

Brakes utilize a variety of elements. Wagon brakes, for instance, used wood and leather. Sometimes polymers and fibers derived from plants are often employed in modern brake materials. Most brake materials are not composed of just one element or compound but are a composite of numerous elements. Currently, commercial brake components are made from more than 2,000 different materials. As a result, the composition of an additive can affect performance even by a few percent

Generally, aircraft brakes are made of resin/steel, metallic linings, and carbon-carbon (C-C) combinations. Market database states that due to their high-temperature characteristics, C-C combinations are frequently employed in high-performance brakes. Commercial, military aircraft, and Joint Strike Fighters use C-C brakes. Several compounds such as resin, coal tar/synthetic pitch, petroleum pitch, and pyrolytic carbon are used for these brakes. The additives used may affect friction, temperature properties, and mechanical properties. Pads and shoes for automobiles and trucks usually contain a binder, performance modifiers, abrasives, lubricants, and fillers.

TMD Friction to expand in the U.K

Don, a global brake brand and a part of TMD Friction, has expanded its passenger car distribution network to include Spartan Motor Factors in Great Britain. Its sites cover the southwest and Wales, and two more will open soon. Now, the distributor stocks a full line of Don products, including brake pads and discs.

In addition to its copper-free range, Don’s PC range offers value-priced brake pads and discs focusing on reliability. The company’s products can be installed in vehicles, including small cars and small vans, and are tested for quality and work consistently for a price-performance ratio that appeals to price-sensitive drivers.

As a global leader in brake pad manufacturing for the automotive and brake industries, TMD Friction is a subsidiary of Nisshinbo Holdings Inc. The company’s product portfolio encompasses disc brake pads, drum brake linings for cars and trucks, and motorsport brake pads. According to the market database, Textar, Nisshinbo, Mintex, Don, Pagid, and Cobreq are just some of the brands TMD Friction offers on the global spare parts market.

United Kingdom’s Trimat Ltd

As a provider of friction materials used in a wide range of equipment and environments, Trimat Ltd is considered an advanced developer and manufacturer. The company provides high-quality products and excellent customer service to customers in more than 100 countries worldwide.

According to the market database, many world-leading original equipment manufacturers choose their asbestos-free brake and clutch linings, friction material products, and components. The company’s products are applied in industrial, marine, mining, aerospace, elevator, construction, oil and gas, off-highway, and on-highway vehicles. Other purposes include military, agricultural and domestic applications, from vacuum cleaners to offshore drilling rigs, even satellites. These products provide consistent, durable performance in the most challenging conditions; saltwater, subsea, high humidity, sub-zero temperatures, hot and dry dusty climates. The friction brake market and its 10-year business outlook can be understood using Global Market Database.