RED OAK, Texas — Fleetwood Resource Management (FRM) introduced its Air Brake Cooling (ABC) System, a fade-resistant system that virtually eliminates one of the biggest problems facing truckers, namely "brake fade,” the term used for the loss of brake system effectiveness resulting from heat buildup within the system.
The ABC System resolves most of these heat-related problems, according to Ray Fleet, inventor of the system and a truck driver himself.
“The ABC System maximizes brake system effectiveness, maintaining stopping distance even with heavy brake usage,” Fleet said. “It also increases safety, particularly under adverse driving conditions such as inclement weather and mountainous terrain. ABC System offers the same fade-resistance of disc brakes, at half the cost.”
According to research conducted by the India Institute of Technology, while brake systems can operate at a maximum temperature of 400 degrees C, at that temperature wear is very high.”
By maintaining a lower operating temperature closer to 200 degrees C, the ABC System lowers the wear on brake components, extending brake component life, Fleet said.
"The Air Brake Cooling System gives the driver the confidence to fully utilize his or her brakes whenever necessary, without hesitation and be confident in the knowledge that when braking is required the brake system will be there."
Fleet said the Air Brake Cooling System is comprised of an auxiliary compressed air system, which operates independently of the unit's air brake system. It provides compressed air to each brake drum, where it is dispersed by a fixed blade turbine diffuser.
The diffuser creates a turbulent air flow, maximizing the cooling effect while creating a uniform cooling action which lowers brake system heat considerably. The air also blows the loose particles of brake dust from the contact area, enhancing the braking capability of the drum brake system.
The system is activated by a valve which is mechanically linked to the brake pedal.
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