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Disc brakes are now standard on almost all automobiles, and purchasers today expect quiet rides in even the most affordable cars, SUVs, and small trucks. As a result, automakers are raising acoustic norms throughout their fleets. Brake shims primarily reduce brake noise in automobiles, and increased demand for low-noise disc brakes in vehicles is expected to drive market expansion. The brake shims market would also benefit from the expansion of the automobile sector, particularly increased demand for luxury automobiles, electric vehicles, and SUVs. North America, Europe and Asia Pacific are expected to be key markets.
Last-mile delivery fleets are increasingly requesting higher-quality brake pads and shims. Manufacturers are looking to offer products to meet such requirements. For instance, PFC Brakes created the 2175.20 Carbon Metallic Brake Pad in 2021 to suit this demand. Temperature resistant shims were used in the brake pad to provide a noise and vibration barrier. Thus, automobiles involved in the final leg of the supply chain are projected to be a major source of demand for higher-quality brake shims.
In motorcycles, brake shims help maintain alignment as well as decrease noise. Because motorcycles don’t generate the same amount of heat as cars, the majority of motorcycle brake shims are made of stick-on rubber rather than titanium. These rubber brake shims dampen noise and vibration, resulting in a more pleasant ride. They help prevent overheating of the brake pistons, which increases safety.
In disc braking systems, automotive brake shims are used to limit the amount of noise produced by the disc when it stops the wheel hub from moving. Automotive brake shims are used in all types of vehicles, including two-wheelers, cars, and commercial vehicles. Automotive disc brakes can be installed on the front, back, or both sides of the wheel hub. Brake shims may reduce noise in three different ways. First, by inhibiting and minimising the transmission and amplitude of vibrational forces that produce calliper, pad assembly, and associated structural excitation. This is achieved through the visco-elastic damping substance inherent in the shim’s layered design and the way it is attached to the pad assembly. Second, by providing mass to the brake pad, which helps reduce pad and calliper vibrations and oscillations. Shims use elastomer interface coatings on their surfaces to decrease reaction forces sent back into the braking piston. Third, by operating as a thermal barrier to keep temperatures uniform across the pad’s whole face. This may help maintain brake torque consistency.
Lately, producers have been focusing on manufacturing high-quality brake shims composed of innovative technological materials or various grades of metals, such as viscoelastic polymers/bonding materials, elastomeric rubbers, and fibreglass. Trelleborg Damping Solutions, for example, manufactures a range of noise damping shims/insulators that are used when thermal, chemical, and mechanical stress resistance is required. It also has remarkable sound dampening, sealing, vibration insulation, compressibility, and bonding properties. Different layers of rubber, carbon steel, stainless steel, fibre glass, cold pressure adhesives, acrylic or silicone based, and hot sensitive glues are among the materials used.
While the use of disc braking systems is increasing, high installation costs may restrict the market. However, many vehicle manufacturers use a combination of disc brakes in the front wheels and drum brakes in the rear wheels to save cost.
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