Modern automobiles have brakes on all the four wheels and these are operated by a hydraulic system. These brakes may be drum type or disc type. Dual circuit braking system is typically a braking system wherein each of the circuits act on the front wheels of the vehicle and either of the rear wheels. There may be more than just a single pair of pistons in dual circuit braking systems. Pressing the brake pedal helps to generate a fluid out of the master cylinder alongside the brake pipes in order to slave the cylinders at the wheels. This master cylinder is equipped with a reservoir which helps to keep it full. The brakes in the front of the vehicle play a more crucial part than the rear ones in making the car come to a halt, because braking throws the weight of the car forward on to its front wheels. Therefore, many vehicles have disc type brakes at the front that are generally more efficient and drum brakes for the rear wheels. However, some vehicles are equipped with an all-disc braking system or an all-drum braking system. All-disk braking systems are generally found in high-performance or expensive cars and all-drum systems are used in smaller or comparatively older cars.
Dual circuit braking systems are generally found in high end luxury vehicles and new motorbikes, particularly in BMW bikes. These systems comprise two distinct circuits, one of which is the command circuit and the other is a separate circuit which is controlled by an onboard computer. The command circuit is the one which is acted on with the brake pedal or the lever and the second separate circuit is the one that is actually connected to the brakes of the vehicle. As soon as the brakes are applied in the vehicle, a pressure signal is transferred to the brake computer through the command circuit, which then measures the amount of force applied and thereby uses a pump or servo system to apply the equal force to the secondary circuit in order to activate the brakes. Dual circuit braking systems are swiftly gaining popularity owing to the advantage that the command circuit never allows the heat to transfer into it since it is completely separate from the brakes, thereby resulting in the efficient functioning of the overall braking system. However, the disadvantage of this braking system is the requirement to maintain hydraulic circuits separately.
The global dual brake circuit system market can be segmented on the basis of components into master cylinder, brake pipes, brake calipers, brake pedal, front disc brake, rear brake drum, and others. Dual circuit brake systems have two separate reservoirs and two separate pistons built into the master cylinder, so that if one becomes dysfunctional, the other is still available. The market can be geographically classified broadly into five regions, namely: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East and Africa. Asia Pacific is anticipated to emerge as the most lucrative regional market for dual circuit brakes systems from 2016-2024. The APAC region comprises major emerging markets for automotives such as Japan, China, South Korea, and India which are characterized by stringent regulations, increasing vehicle production, and growing safety concerns. These factors coupled with the changing lifestyles of the population in Asia Pacific and the fact that China is one of the most prominent vehicle producers globally, is likely to positively influence the dual circuit brakes system market during the forecast period.
The major players in the global dual circuit brakes system market include Mando Automotive India Pvt Limited (India), Knorr Brake Company (U.S.), Continental AG (Germany), Robert Bosch GmbH (Germany), TRW Automotive (U.S.) and Meritor, Inc. (U.S.) among others.
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