Bronze based brake linings, were produced by powder metallurgy technique and their wear behaviour was investigated and compared to that of asbestos ones. Bronze powders were compacted under 350, 500 and 600 MPa pressures and sintered at 810 degrees C in ammonia atmosphere for 75 min. For the same friction distance, it was determined that temperature increase in the bronze based brake linings was lower than that of asbestos based ones. However, higher wear rate was observed in the bronze based brake linings. Moreover, thermal conductivity was decreased with high porosity level with low densities. Although, friction coefficient remained the same during breaking, an increase in wear resistance was observed. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.