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58236615-Brakes

58236615-Brakes

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A retarder is a device used to augment or replace some of the
functions of primary friction-based braking systems of heavy vehicles.

Friction-based braking systems are susceptible to 'fade' when
used extensively, and this can become dangerous if the braking
performance drops below that required to stop a vehicle for instance if a
lorry or coach is descending a long incline. For this reason, such heavy
vehicles are frequently fitted with a supplementary system that is not
friction-based.
Retarders are not restricted to road vehicles, but may also be used also
in railway systems.

The British prototype Advanced Passenger Train used hydraulic
retarders to allow the high-speed train to stop in the same distance as
standard lower speed trains, as a purely friction-based system was not
viable.

Retarders serve to slow vehicles down, or maintain a steady
speed on inclines. They are usually not capable of bringing vehicles to a
standstill, as their effectiveness diminishes at low speeds. They are
usually used to slow vehicles down, with the final braking being carried
out by a friction brake. As the friction brake does not then need to be
used so much, particularly at higher speeds, the service lifetime of
friction brakes is enhanced.

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