Reconditioned brake discs to improve performance
Federal-Mogul Friction Products
The industry needs technical solutions which can provide increased braking performance and reliable braking rates that are independent of wheel-rail conditions. The key to this solution will be an intelligent rail surface conditioning unit that will intervene in times of slippery conditions to provide a dry rail surface. A new formula brake pad could support this system, leading to a consistent, dry-condition environment in which braking durations and distances can be predicted.
Used or worn brake discs on railways are currently scrapped when they reach the end of their usable wear limit. This project covered research into designing a process for reconditioning the brake disc. Reconditioning old and worn brake discs to increase friction and reduce the variability in braking performance can help to improve braking performance and reduce delays.