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A brake is a device which inhibits motion. Its opposite component is a clutch . The rest of this article is dedicated to various types of vehicular brakes. Most commonly brakes use friction to convert kinetic energy into heat , though other methods of energy conversion may be employed

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The disc brake or disk brake is a device for slowing or stopping the rotation of a wheel while it is in motion. A brake disc (or rotor in American English) is usually made of cast iron , but may in some cases be made of composites such as reinforced carbon–carbon or ceramic matrix

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synonymous with station wagon or estate . [ citation needed ] In contemporary usage, the term shooting brake has broadened to include a range of vehicles from five-door station wagons — to three-door models combining features of a wagon and a coupé . In 2006, The New York Times said

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An overrun brake is a brake system commonly used on small trailers , where the motion of the trailer with respect to the towing vehicle is used to actuate the brake . A spring enables the drawbar to move back and forth slightly relative to the trailer chassis. During towing vehicle braking | 2011/7/6 4:57:56

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A brake run on a roller coaster is any section of track meant to slow or stop a roller coaster train . [ 1 ] Brake runs may be located anywhere along the circuit of a coaster and may be designed to bring the train to a complete halt or to simply adjust the train's speed. Contrary to some

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A regenerative brake is an energy recovery mechanism which slows a vehicle by converting its kinetic energy into another form, which can be either used immediately or stored until needed. This contrasts with conventional braking systems, where the excess kinetic energy is converted to heat

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In cars, the hand brake ( emergency brake , e brake , parking brake ) is a latching brake usually used to keep the car stationary, and in manual transmission vehicles, as an aid to starting the vehicle from stopped when going up an incline - with one foot on the clutch (to disengage it

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A drum brake is a brake in which the friction is caused by a set of shoes or pads that press against a rotating drum-shaped part called a brake drum. The term "drum brake " usually means a brake in which shoes press on the inner surface of the drum. When shoes press on the outside

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On railcars, an air brake is a conveyance braking system actuated by compressed air . Modern trains rely upon a fail-safe air brake system that is based upon a design patented by George Westinghouse on March 5, 1872. The Westinghouse Air Brake Company (WABCO) was subsequently organized

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for the purpose on those vehicles operated the brakes. Some railways fitted a special deep-noted brake whistle to locomotives to indicate to the porters the necessity to apply the brakes. All the brakes at this stage of development were applied by operation of a screw and linkage to brake