Making brake systems more competitive with a Niobium alloy strategy An advantageous alternative to help reduce costs, while maintaining performance in brake discs and drums
Choosing the right raw materials can be crucial to guarantee competitiveness in industries exposed to the complex pursuit of excellence and profitability, such as the manufacturing of automotive component.
In the brake system manufacturing industry, significant price fluctuations in FeMo alloys over the years can compromise the sound manufacturing of automotive components using moly. Niobium Exhibits Stable & Low Pricing Compared to MolybdenumAlloy Optimization: Experiments carried out by CBMM, comparing the effect from Molybdenum and Niobium, demonstrate the amount of Molybdenum in gray cast iron alloys can be replaced by approximately 30 to 50% NiobiumTo help companies to protect against these issues, Niobium has been showing to be great ally of the industry not only helping increase margins and profitability of the businesses, while meeting all the requirements and standards of end products, from brakes discs used in small passenger cars to large commercial or mass transit vehicles.More reasons to use niobium in disc brake manufacturingBetter wear performance and an enhanced resistance to thermal fatigue are achievable with minimal to no changes in the casting practice and in machining.Learn more about the benefits of using a Niobium alloy strategy can bring for brakes in all types of vehicles.Niobium both refines the structure in gray cast irons and precipitates as an ultra-hard carbide. The structural refinement and precipitates are responsible for the improved balance of physical properties of the cast iron, and this translates to better performance of end products.Learn more about the benefits of using a Niobium alloy strategy can bring for brakes in all types of vehicles.Download our technical report and have access to in-detail information, test results and specs.From metallurgy to overall performance of end-products, check out our introduction to Niobium-enhanced brakes
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