THE FUTURE OF BRAKING
Tribol Braking is a spin-out company from the University of Exeter bringing revolutionary, patented approaches to manufacturing high performance composite braking components for the automotive sector. We're research led, combining cutting edge materials and manufacturing solutions with focussed industrial engagement. Tribol Braking is actively engaged with the Motorsport and Enthusiast sectors, paving the way for adoption by the mass passenger vehicle market as its ultimate goal.
Our composite solutions are over 70% lighter than steel, improving range and performance
A resurgent concern for the Electric Vehicle market with the changes in duty cycle for conventional brakes
Our plates greatly reduce heat transfer, protecting against brake fluid boil and molten piston seals
Carbon is costly, we only use it where it has the biggest performance impact, keeping our prices competitive
Composites offer another tool to combat noise, vibration and harshness, the premier causes for warranty recall
Our technology is designed to integrate seamlessly with existing products and process, no costly redesigns
CARBON FIBRE SHIMS
Maximum temperature reduced by up to 49°C at the caliper
79% weight saving versus metal alternatives
Tribol Braking's composite shim is already making a splash in the track day market in conjunction with partners Hel Performance, showing a reduction in the maximum temperature seen at the caliper by up to 49°C whilst weighing half as much as the increasingly common titanium alternative.
We've used the finest carbon fibre, combined with an exclusive resin which is non-combustible and thermally resistant to temperatures over 400°C (752°F). This special resin cures an attractive yellow or orange depending on the batch.
These don't just look the part though: initial testing carried out by a professional racing drivers in various road and track conditions showed a huge average temperature drop of 49°C (120.2°F) on the front calipers.
Tribol Braking carbon fibre shims come in at a super-lightweight 3.5 grams per shim, compared to weighty titanium which are a typical 17 grams per shim. That's a dramatic 79% weight saving.
That's not the only comparison which makes titanium inferior though: carbon fibre also has a much lower heat conduction compared to titanium (1W/mK compared to 22W/mK for titanium and 65W/mK for steel). Anything that helps reduce the temperature and increase efficiency of brake components is a good thing, especially as caliper seals are at risk of being damaged when they get too hot.
Installing these carbon fibre brake pad shims will certainly inspire confidence that when you brake aggressively, all the components are being kept cool and working at their best.
CARBON FIBRE BACK PLATES
<70% Reduced weight versus steel backed pads
Massively reduced heat transfer to the caliper
Tribol Braking's patented high-stiffness composite back plates offer a 70% weight reduction when compared to a mild steel backplate. This results in savings of up to 3kg of unsprung mass for a standard hatchback without the need for any redesign.
The backplates use our own bespoke, thermally resistant matrix with less than 1% of the thermal conductivity of mild steel, protecting the caliper in high usage scenarios.
Tribol’s backplates are completely corrosion free, solving corrosion-induced delamination in the mass OEM EV market. This unlocks the possibility of brake pads becoming a lifetime item in this sector.
Coupled with a retention technique that rivals industry leading alternatives, Tribol’s backplate is a world first.
MEET THE TEAM
CEO and Co-founder
Dr. Sam Erland is the CEO and Co-founder of Tribol Braking. Over the past 10 years he has built a career in the composites industry working in the Aerospace and Automotive sectors. Focussing on the manufacturing challenges associated with composites has led to the creation of Tribol Braking, where his expertise in bringing composite solutions to the market can be fully realised.
CTO and Co-founder
Dr. Luke Savage is the CTO and Co-founder of Tribol Braking. He has a deep understanding of the science behind braking, beginning with his PhD Thesis being titled ‘High Temperature Properties of Automotive Friction Materials’ and followed by over 20 successful Innovate UK grant applications.
The latest of these grants provided the foundation research that led to the creation of Tribol Braking.