1965-02-01

Measuring Automatic Transmission Shift Performance 650465

Results of a psychophysical experiment indicated that “jerk” (that is, rate of change of fore and aft acceleration) associated with the clutch-actuated gear ratio change in an automatic transmission correlated well with subjective evaluations of shift-feel. A portable device, the GMR Jerkmeter, was constructed to measure acceleration and jerk during on-the-road evaluations of transmission performance.
Techniques for using Jerkmeter data in automatic transmission fluid research and development projects are discussed. Examples are given of the use of Jerkmeter data to:
  1. 1.
    Produce a detailed characterization of shift performance.
  2. 2.
    Measure effect of fluid on shift performance.
  3. 3.
    Study effect of changes in fluid characteristics with use.

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