Browse Publications Technical Papers 2003-01-1986

Theoretical Advantages of Shear Thickening Behavior in Automatic Transmission Fluids 2003-01-1986

The rheological behavior of automatic transmission fluids (ATF) ranges from moderately shear-thinning to Newtonian. However, no commercially available ATFs are known to display shear-thickening behavior. A theoretical investigation was performed to determine if any advantages could be derived from the use of shear-thickening ATF in automatic transmission components and subsystems. A series of theoretical shear-thickening, shear-thinning, and Newtonian fluids were modeled by a power law function and compared to a reference shear-thinning ATF in simplified representations of transmission components and subsystem geometries. The results indicate that a shear-thickening ATF with zero shear viscosity, infinite shear viscosity, and power of 417 mPa-s, 6.23 mPa-s, and 1.03(dimensionless), respectively, displays optimized behavior with respect to the reference shear-thinning ATF.


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