Endurance Technologies has been granted a patent for a brake disc design that allows for relative movement between the brake strip and supporting element. The design includes elastically deformable connecting elements that enable this movement, as well as a first and second component connected by additional deformable connecting elements. All connecting elements are positioned along the same circumference as the axis of rotation. GlobalData’s report on Endurance Technologies gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.
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A patent granted for a brake disc with elastic connections
A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11644072B2) describes a new design for a brake disc that is rotatable about an axis of rotation. The brake disc includes a brake strip and a supporting element for supporting the brake strip. The brake strip is connected to the supporting element through a plurality of first connecting elements that are elastically deformable, allowing for relative movement between the brake strip and the supporting element.
The supporting element is composed of a first component and a second component, which are connected by a plurality of second connecting elements that are also elastically deformable. These second connecting elements enable relative movement between the first and second components of the supporting element. Importantly, both the first and second connecting elements are positioned along the same circumference, with the axis of rotation of the brake disc as the center.
The patent claims also specify that the first connecting elements allow for axial and radial movement of the brake strip relative to the second component of the supporting element. Similarly, the second connecting elements allow for axial and radial movement of the second component relative to the first component.
The first and second connecting elements are described as cylindrical pawls, and they are housed partly in respective seats of the brake strip and the supporting element. The patent further explains that the seats for partial housing of the first and second connecting elements are positioned in an alternating fashion with each other, ensuring proper alignment and functionality.
In addition, the second component of the supporting element includes lobes, each of which has a seat that partly houses a respective second connecting element. The first component, on the other hand, has spokes that partly house the second connecting elements at respective ends. This arrangement allows for effective connection and movement between the first and second components of the supporting element.
Overall, this patented brake disc design offers improved flexibility and movement capabilities, allowing for better performance and durability. The specific arrangement of the connecting elements and their housing ensures proper alignment and functionality, contributing to the overall effectiveness of the brake disc.