smartBRAKE – Self-energising Hydraulic Brake

Conventional brake systems require infrastructure for

generation and cont rol of hydraulic pressure. Cost and weight of the whole brake system can be significantly reduced through self-energising brake systems. The Selfenergising Electro-Hydraulic Brake (SEHB) does not need any external hydraulic power and is the only brake technology which allows direct control of the braking momentum. However, due to its dynamics and the prospected use in railway vehicles, the current technology for SEHB systems requires a small amount of electrical energy and a sophisticated control of the brake pressure. Minimum number of components for simple and safe self-energizing brake systems The novel smartBRAKE concept of SEHB maintains the advantages of a conventional hydraulic brake (direct feedthrough, simplicity, high force to weight ratio) while offering a closed loop control for the true brake torque even without any external electrical power supply or brake booster by using the principle of hydraulic selfenergisation. smartBRAKE has been developed at the Institute for Fluid Power and Controls at the RWTH Aachen University (IFAS). The system is characterized by a minimum complexity, which allows the use of smartBRAKE in a wide range of applications like road and rail vehicles, motorcycles, aircrafts or clutches. Similar to other brake systems it can be combined with ESP/ABS.

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