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Today, most automobiles including jeeps and vans, family vehicles and even sports cars use hydraulic brakes exclusively. Compared to the other technology available, they offer exceptional value for money and ease of use that’s unparalleled.
Electric brakes that use powerful electromagnets are an emerging technology that might one day replace hydraulics. But widespread use seems at least a decade away—till then, as an automotive engineer, you may find yourself working on plenty of hydraulic brake systems.
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Hydraulic brake vs mechanical brakes vs pneumatic brakes
Mechanical brakes are much cheaper compared to hydraulic or pneumatic brakes but not as efficient, and are mostly used for motorcycles nowadays. Hydraulic brakes have replaced them in household vehicles while pneumatic brakes have replaced them in heavy vehicles designed for commercial use.
Hydraulic systems also boast better braking efficiency and anti-fade characteristics. Unlike mechanical systems, they are self-compensating and self-lubricating, making them doubly advantageous.
One disadvantage of hydraulic brakes, however, is that they can pose the threat of leaks. On the whole, they are more flexible, feature a simpler construction and offer a better mechanical advantage.
Pneumatic brake systems use compressed air as a working medium instead of brake fluid, take up more space and are complicated and expensive to build and maintain.
Because they are more powerful than hydraulic brakes, however, they are better suited for buses, trucks and freighters. That said, when considered from an overall automotive engineering perspective, hydraulic systems are more efficient, flexible and cost-effective than either mechanical or pneumatic brake systems.