There exists a range of braking systems in the modern day cars whose function deteriorates over a period. Such deterioration occurs when the heat dissipated when breaks are applied steadily depletes the braking power. At first this is felt partially when driving and if not checked the breaks will fail entirely. Most accidents when carefully analysed are often as a result of negligence to maintain the braking system. This is implicated by the worn out breaking pads as a result of continued overheating which wears them out. Adopting measures that actively help the braking systems to cool down helps maintain the tenacity of the breaks. This is why one can apply emergency breaks when the vehicle is new recently serviced (Brown, 2004). The dynamics of how the system works involves the breaking fluid, the breaking pads and the discs that interlock to create friction that stops the motion of any vehicle. From the manufacturer, the car is fitted with cooling mechanisms whose efficiency largely depends on the level of technology they adopt. Such devices act to dissipate the heat created when such friction is induced. There, however, exists simple remedies that you can routinely apply to keep the breaks cool hence preserving their tenacity. This is very lucrative not only for your safety but the safety of other road users. Routine maintenance can also go a long way to save you money and time resource.
Brake Cooling Solutions
For a modern vehicle, the braking system will be fitted with a metal disk that is ventilated, cross drilled or provided with slots. This implies that individual discs have different rates of dissipating heat. If the braking system is not allowed to cool the temperature will transition to the braking fluid. The most effective cooling design can be articulated by channeling air from the car’s body where pressure is concentrated and running it through the mid-section of every rotor in the braking system. By increasing the circulation of cold air into the rotor vanes of the braking system dissipates heat more readily keeping the rotors cool.
Designing Air Inlets
These are best placed at the front of the car where the pressure will gradually increase than any other point of the car when it assumes motion. The inlets can have an independent design from the normal design of the front body and have to be fitted with a wire mesh preferably one that is stainless steel so as to prevent any particles from entering the ducts (Bell, 2008). The ducts that will run to the brakes of the back wheels should be placed higher as the stream of air currents at the side of the car are not as turbulent at that height. When the weather patterns fluctuate and it is cold you may design the inlets to only open halfway as the rotors will be dissipating heat faster.
Flexible duct hoses which are well adaptable for high temperatures are found in varieties and can be used to direct air from the inlet to the rotor eye. The diameter of the hose should be at least 3-inches or more. Using large, smooth bends, route each hose through the car. You may be required to relocates some few items or a cut a hole in each fender as you create a smooth path for each hose. The path created has to clear the tire and wheel at full steering lock from either direction as well as full droop and bumb if you wish the hose to last much longer.
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Brown, Theodore Clark, Larry G. Andreson, and Ian Osborn. “Locomotive brake resistor cooling apparatus.” U.S. Patent No. 6,749,043. 15 Jun. 2004.