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Optimizing the performance of transmission fluids for EVs and HEVs

By Dr. Raj Shah, Dr. Simon Tung, and Nathan Aragon Electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) are growing in popularity because of their energy efficiency and positive impact on greenhouse gas emissions; though, several challenges still need to be addressed, including optimising the functional performance of transmission fluids. More effective transmission fluids can…

Performance without compromise

Sponsored Content Modern engines require an increasingly sophisticated lubricant. The latest designs, engineered to be more efficient, reliable, and environmentally friendly increase the stress on the oil in terms of wear protection and cleanliness and present new performance demands such as aeration and pre-ignition protection that push formulators to develop new technology solutions. The new…

Base oil prices surge as supply takes a dive

In recent years, a growing oversupply has allowed companies to secure competitive base oil prices and encouraged many countries to increase their reliance on base oil imports. A substantial oversupply in 2019 emphasised the benefits of a widening adoption of imports. However, dependence on base oil imports is not without risk. The propagation of Covid-19…

A perception problem

EDITORIAL It is difficult to predict the future of tribology. Our invisible science suffers from a perception problem as it competes with modern, “sexy” sciences. Inside this issue of F+L Magazine, we speak with multi-award-winning tribologist Ashlie Martini of the University of California Merced about the trouble with tribology, and what we need to do…