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SAE Brakes - Design & Safety Conference

December 2-3, 2002 - Indianapolis, Indiana
July 31-August 1, 2003 - Troy, Michigan
I.D.# 87037-ww

The course presents theoretical and practical methods for the analysis of critical vehicle/brake system measures for vehicles equipped with hydraulic and air brakes. The relationships for the analysis of safety-critical brake components affecting system performance under normal and partial failure conditions are discussed. Design and performance requirements of ABS brake systems are reviewed. Brake defects in accident causation are analyzed. Throughout the course the importance of brakes in product liability will be considered. The major objective is to provide the theoretical and experimental performance analysis of safety critical components and their effect on overall system performance. Specifically, the course will cover: 1) the basic elements of brake system design, 2) which brake system components are critical for safety and how they are analyzed, 3) how brake failures and defects can be analyzed, 4) the design and performance characteristics for ABS brakes, 5) the role brakes play in accident causation, and 6) how product liability risk can be minimized. The basic concepts presented can be applied to motor vehicles equipped with hydraulic or air brake systems. This course is designed for brake design engineers, accident reconstructionists, product liability analysts, automotive safety engineers, junior automotive design engineers, consulting engineers/experts (mechanical & automotive) and attorneys involved in brake litigation. A working knowledge of basic college algebra and physics is a prerequisite for this course.

The text "Brakes: Design & Safety," authored by the instructor is included in the course materials.

Seminar Content

Overview -- Braking Process & Stopping Distance
Comparison of Brake Safety Standards Worldwide
Elements of Brake System Design
Braking Stability
Brake Force Distribution
Analysis of Safety-Critical Brake Components
Brake System Failure & Defects
Design & Performance Requirements of ABS Brakes
Braking of Commercial Vehicles
Brake Accident Causation
Questions & Answers
Instructor: Rudolf Limpert
Dr. Limpert obtained his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young Univ. and his Ph.D. from the Univ. of Michigan. His professional experience includes: design and production engineer for lift trucks, cranes and heavy machinery components; brake engineer for the design and analysis of hydraulic braking systems for cars, trucks and military vehicles; and safety standards engineer with NHTSA in the development and writing of motor vehicle safety standards in the area of accident avoidance. Dr. Limpert is the co-founder of INTERSEARCH (International Product Research), which does safety-testing and analysis of products prior to marketing in the U.S., and a partner in Clark & Limpert, who has designed, manufactured, tested and patented large square-bale handling machines. He is a consultant in the area of accident reconstruction; product design; vehicles and vehicle systems; and product liability analysis. Dr. Limpert has taught various courses

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