SAE International Seminars

scR's James Walker, Jr. has developed an extensive portfolio of vehicle dynamics and hydraulic brake system courses that he delivers exclusively through SAE International™s Professional Development department.  All seminars have undergone industry technical review, received SAE International approval, and are sanctioned to award Continuing Education Units (CEUs) as authorized by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.

For organizations that have a group of individuals who can benefit from these courses, they are also available for in-company delivery.  For more information, contact SAE International Professional Development directly at 724-772-8529 or submit a request for information online at http://www.sae.org/events/training/seminars/inhouse/ to bring James right to your doorstep.

Introduction to Brake Control Systems: ABS, TCS, & ESC

Offered through SAE International

I.D.# C0315, Duration: 2 Days

Once reserved for high-end luxury vehicles, electronic brake control systems are quickly becoming standard equipment on even the most inexpensive cars and trucks. Today, nearly every new vehicle benefits from the optimized braking, enhanced acceleration, or improved stability that these systems provide. This comprehensive seminar introduces participants to the system-level design considerations, vehicle interface requirements, and inevitable performance compromises that must be addressed when implementing these technologies.

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Applied Vehicle Dynamics

Offered through SAE International

I.D.# C0414, Duration: 3 Days

While a variety of new engineering tools are becoming available to assist in creating optimal vehicle designs, subjective evaluation of vehicle behavior is still a vital tool to ensure desired braking, handling, and other dynamic response characteristics. In order to better prepare today's engineer for this task, this course offers twelve modules devoted to the key fundamental principles associated with longitudinal and lateral vehicle dynamics. Each focused classroom session is paired with an on-track exercise to immediately reinforce these concepts with a dedicated behind-the-wheel driving session, effectively illustrating these principles in the real world.

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Applying Brake Controls to Vehicle Dynamics

Offered through SAE International

I.D.# C0551, Duration: 2 Days

The optimized braking performance, enhanced acceleration capability, and improved vehicle stability provided by electronic brake control systems all add up to safer vehicles. This comprehensive seminar is offered to expose participants to the fundamentals of vehicle dynamics and then illustrate how brake control systems can influence vehicle dynamic responses during limit handling maneuvers and/or adverse driving conditions.

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Applied Brake Controls: ABS, TCS, and ESC

Offered through SAE International

I.D.# C0610, Duration: 2 Days

Experience the vehicle dynamic enhancements afforded by anti-lock brakes (ABS), traction control (TCS), and electronic stability control (ESC) with this highly interactive two-day seminar. Designed to get you out of the classroom and on to the test track, a total of six 60-minute structured learning experiences behind the wheel will vividly illustrate the benefits, limitations, and ultimate compromises that must be made when designing and implementing modern brake control systems.

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High-Performance Brake Systems

Offered through SAE International

I.D.# C0718, Duration: 2 Days

While most passenger car brake systems are quite robust and reliable under typical operating conditions, high-performance driving and/or racetrack operation generally require alternative design solutions to optimize consistency and longevity. Whether it is brake fluid fade, cracked rotor discs, chronic knockback, or insufficient brake pad life, the stresses of motorsports can pose unique challenges to even the very best brake system designs. Consequently, ceramic rotors, six-piston calipers, adjustable balance bars, and titanium backing plates have all made their way onto the high-performance brake system scene, but what is the right answer for your application?

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