Braking of Road Vehicles book cover

Braking of Road Vehicles

Starting from the fundamentals of brakes and braking, Braking of Road Vehicles covers car and commercial vehicle applications and developments from both a theoretical and practical standpoint.

Drawing on insights from leading experts from across the automotive industry, experienced industry course leader Andrew Day has developed a new handbook for automotive engineers needing an introduction to or refresh on this complex and critical topic.

With coverage broad enough to appeal to general vehicle engineers and detailed enough to inform those with specialist brake interests, Braking of Road Vehicles is a reliable, no-nonsense guide for automotive professionals working within OEMs, suppliers and legislative organizations.


Automotive engineers involved with brake system design, development, installation or testing; Graduate students on automotive/mechanical design courses covering brake system design.

Hardbound, 488 Pages

Published: March 2014

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-12-397314-6


  • Preface - aims, overview, and acknowledgements.
    1. Introduction:
    2. Friction and friction materials
    3. Braking system design for passenger cars and light vans
    4. Braking system design for vehicle and trailer combinations
    5. Brake design analysis
    6. Brake system layout design
    7. Thermal effects in friction brakes
    8. Braking legislation
    9. Brake testing
    10. Brake noise and judder
    11. Electronic braking systems
    12. Case studies in the braking of road vehicles


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