There are many non-bike applications which benefit from using bicycle hardware. Case in point, there is a long and rich tradition of using bike parts in aviation. One particular area of interest is using bike brakes as a weight- and cost-optimized braking solution for many types of spinning shafts.
However, before prototyping with these parts it would be good to understand what are their operational limits.
While there are some good references for the maximum deceleration which can be reasonably attained by a bicycle (it seems that ~0.7g is a typical value), this does not address what are the brakes' ultimate force limits.
I am interested in understanding what are industry ball-park figures for the
friction force on disc as in the below image. Please note that this is separate from the braking force a rider experiences, which is the
road pushes tyre/
tyre pushes road.
- What are typical ranges for maximum bike rim and disc braking forces?
- How is this affected by off-the-shelf brake pad material?
- What is the force difference (absolute or relative) between hydraulic and cable actuated disc brakes?
- What is the force difference (absolute or relative) between hydraulic and cable actuated rim brakes?
P.S. I realize that torque is ultimately what is being transmitted through the wheel to the tire, but the torque arises because of drag forces generated by the brake. So if your answer gives torque specs please reference the diameter so I can convert to force.