DaimlerChrysler Corp. has developed a cost-effective, fiber-reinforced ceramic for brake discs. A combination of carbon and silicon has solved the problem of ceramic brittleness, making large-scale manufacturing of the ceramic brake discs possible, says DC. Initial field studies show the ceramic brakes performing reliably after 180,000 miles (300,000 km). The fiber-reinforced ceramics are produced when carbon fibers, carbon powder and resin are compressed, heated to and held at 1,830°F ...

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