Developing Transmission Fluids with Enhanced Durability 2007-01-3986
Fluids for new generations of step-automatic transmissions must provide durable service under severe conditions in a variety of environments. Fluid degradation under severe stress can lead to changes in frictional properties, potentially resulting in undesirable noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) events.
This paper describes the development of a new transmission fluid that delivers significant improvement in squawk durability. The formulation approach resulted in optimum friction characteristics that are essential to overcome stress-induced loss of friction and to reduce NVH. A factorial design of experiments was used in the development process to relate additive effects with friction characteristics of both fresh and aged fluids. Friction durability after laboratory aging was compared with friction characteristics and durability data obtained from field-aged fluids