Thermal cyclingProbably best described as “advanced ”, Thermal Cycling has been applied chiefly to metals to-date, although the process is also beneficial to certain plastics, polymers and composites. Due to the beneficial results created by Thermal Cycling, however, it will fail later than sooner. The applications for this new technology are extensive (Aircraft, Automotive, Building, Industrial, Medical, Military, Railroad cars, etc.), and will be limited only by the imagination. Vehicle braking system fade, or brake fade is the reduction in stopping power that can occur after repeated application of the brakes, especially in high load or high speed conditions.
The brake stops truer and faster and lasts as much as 4 times longer, providing a significant savings to municipalities, railroad car, truck and airplane manufacturers, etc. Brand new metal vehicle brakes from manufacturers, even expensive performance brakes, have been shown to have imperfections and flaws at the molecular level. Brake Fade is caused by a buildup of heat in the braking surfaces and the subsequent changes and reactions in the brake system components.
Metal parts considered critical to the operation of infrastructure components that are now fatigued put the components at risk. And, because it is not a coating, it cannot be unevenly applied, and it cannot wear off. One significant area of greater life expectancy and safer wear are Thermal Cycled brakes.
The tiny gaps between molecules are reduced. Once the metallic brake is Thermal Cycled, the brake tends to be under less stress.
The part now exceeds the original design expectations. Ancillary processes like plating, bonding and brazing adhere better when applied before the metal is thermal cycled. This is especially true when the part is exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as wind, rain, snow, sleet, etc.) At the point that the metal begins to corrode, it is no longer able to do the job for which it was originally intended.
The result is greater strength, resilience and durability; all combining to produce substantially improved performance, and substantially improved wear. The brakes’ metal becomes denser and tighter.
That is why the brake lasts as much as 400% longer. To see an actual example of Thermal Cycle Metal As expected, an instrument will wear until its performance is eventually compromised. Thermal Cycled brakes remain cooler, minimizing heat surface buildup. Finished goods, component parts and raw materials can be treated in a customized process that takes 2 to 10 hours to complete. Untreated steel ( loose molecular structure) Thermally treated steel ( optimized molecular structure) Untreated steel (x3500 magnification) Thermal treated steel (x3500 magnification) .
That ended the test”. Thermal Cycling lessens the vehicle brakes’ imperfections by removing the tiny gaps between molecules. It will fail, or require maintenance sooner or later.
It requires less force to stop a vehicle with Thermal Cycled brakes. Brake fade can be a factor in any vehicle that utilizes a friction braking system including automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, airplanes, even bicycles. Thermal Cycling reduces Brake Fade.
When applied quickly to avoid accidents, Thermal Cycled brakes reduce swerve and skid because they are actually stronger than their original design. They had less than 2% wear.
The part becomes denser and tighter, less prone to corrosion. Unfortunately, continuous use of a part, even as designed, eventually results in the metal wearing away or corroding.
Corrosion resistance is enhanced as a result of molecular uniformity because the metal’s ability to impede oxidation and chemical degradation is strengthened. All metal parts are built with a specific design in mind, to be able to deal with a given load or “”. As the process is based primarily on temperature modulation, it is efficient, clean, non-polluting, and does not alter the appearance or dimensions (measurably) of the treated material.
Flaws and imperfections (such as tiny gaps between molecules) reduce the strength of the part because gaps allow corrosion to set in. Thermal Cycling is a temperature modulation process developed to improve the performance, strength and longevity of a variety of materials.
During high speed police chases, repeated sharp brake applications to control the vehicle produce brake temperatures in the 900-1200 degree range. It is currently used by a number of industries where enhanced material performance is desired. During the Thermal Cycling process, materials are alternately cooled and (sometimes) heated until they experience slows down the metal’s eventual failure or breakage.
The more imperfections and flaws, the more prone the brake is to swerve or skid when applied quickly to avoid an accident. Sarasota, Florida School Bus District is now using Thermal Cycled Brakes. That is “metal fatigue”.
Realign the metal part s molecules using Thermal Cycling. This is what Sarasota Maintenance Superintendent, Jim Basilotto said…”We treated some of the school buses and then brought them back after 10,000 to 14,000 miles.
Brand new metal parts straight out of the box from the manufacturer have imperfections and flaws at the molecular level…even expensive crafted parts.