How Much Does a Semi Truck Brake Drum Weight?
When it comes to brake drums for semi trucks, weight and material are important considerations. There are three basic types: Metallurgically bonded composite, Steel shell, and Cast iron. The difference in weight is important because of potential heat issues. Additionally, a light drum can lead to a significant liability issue for fleet owners. To prevent this from occurring, it is important to select the right type of brake drum for your vehicle.
A cast iron semi truck brake drum weighs around 94 pounds. The brake drum has a steel shell that prevents the brake lining from shattering. The steel shell also allows for the drum to be lighter than a typical cast drum, which leads to better fuel mileage and higher payloads.
The brake drum is a critical part of any truck. It helps the truck stop and can be made from cast iron, aluminum, or a combination of these materials. Truck brake drums are also incredibly heavy, and are often made of a variety of metals. For example, the braking surface of a semi truck is usually made of cast iron, but aluminum drums are also common.
Another type of semi truck brake drum is made of Matrix NeoCast, which increases the braking performance of the drum when it is installed. This type of brake drum weight is designed to minimize the brake drum’s maintenance costs and extend its life. In addition to increasing brake drum life, this option can help the truck stop longer and have less damage.
The brake drum is made of two ribs on the outer side. The outer surface is made of friction-resistant material, and the inner portion has a wraparound portion with squealer bands. It is used in conjunction with a brake shoe 21. The brake shoe is made up of a metal lining and a brake shoe table.
A steel shell semi truck brake drum is a type of drum that contains a hard-wearing outer shell and a soft, lightweight inner member. The inner member is typically made of aluminum or ceramic. The outer shell has a material composition that is comparable to that of the inner member, and the outer shell is typically cylindrical in shape.
The outer shell is lighter than the inner drum. Its thickness is highest at the centerline squealer band. This increases strength and reduces push-out forces. These benefits are confirmed by stress and thermal Finite Element Analysis tests. Moreover, the weight of the entire drum is lighter than a drum of uniform thickness.
Another feature of the present invention is a lightweight reinforced brake drum that is used in vehicles as part of wheel assemblies. It comprises an inner member 14 and an outer shell 18. The inner member is tubular and has an interior surface 20 having a surface finish suitable for contacting the brake pads 24. Typically, the surface finish is at least one hundred twenty-five (125) microns RMS.
The weight of a steel shell semi truck brake drum can vary from one manufacturer to another. ArvinMeritor SteelLite X30 drums weigh 94 pounds and Hayes Lemmerz CentriFuse drums weigh 90 pounds. The steel shell prevents the drum from separating under extreme braking conditions.
Metallurgically bonded composite
Metallurgically bonded composite semi-truck brake drum weights can be made with lightweight materials, such as aluminum. Despite their lightweight characteristics, they retain a significant weight. This is because of the internal liner, which is likely to slip within the outer housing. To overcome this problem, the inner liner must be provided with transverse ridges that will help lock it in place. One example of such ridges is described in U.S. Pat. No. 1,989,211. Furthermore, the housing and liner must be cast together.
The weight of the brake drum is an important consideration for truck manufacturers. It can affect mileage efficiency and the amount of cargo that a truck can carry. Since governmental regulations limit the gross weight of commercial vehicles, a small reduction in brake drum weight can significantly increase the amount of freight a truck can haul. This is crucial to the trucking industry’s profitability.
One method of manufacturing a brake drum using a metallurgically bonded composite material involves an intermediate step, where the inner member is made by either direct MMC casting or a perform approach. Then, a wire is wrapped around the outer surface of the inner member and a bonding layer is sprayed over it. The wire is typically preformed aircraft cable or a commercial grade low stretch cable. In some embodiments, an outer shell may also be used to reinforce the brake drum and support the wires.
The metallurgically bonded composite semi truck brake rotor’s inner member is made from a lightweight material and has an internal yield strength sufficient to withstand external pressure. Its outer shell is made of a lightweight material that also has an internal yield strength less than steel brake drums.