Low-Speed Carbon Fiber Torque Capacity and Frictional Properties Test for ATFs 2004-01-3026
Since the mid-1990's, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of automobiles have been implementing torque converter clutches in automatic transmissions with a continuous, controlled slip mode, in order to improve the fuel economy of their vehicles. These Continuously Slipping Torque Converter Clutches (CSTCCs) are prone to an undesirable phenomenon commonly called shudder. This phenomenon has been attributed to specific shapes or slopes in the friction coefficient versus sliding speed curve of the fluid/clutch interface. Here, a method is explained that was developed to be able to screen fluids for shudder tendency, both in fresh and used states. Also included is a description of the reason for implementing CSTCCs, some background on shudder, and supporting data showing how the test method can distinguish between fluids that have different shudder tendencies.