Afton Chemical to Present at CTI’s Symposium in Shanghai, China

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Afton Chemical to present "Targeted Transmission Fluid Property Design for Improved Fuel Economy" at CTI’s Symposium in Shanghai, China.

Afton Chemical Corp. will present on the subject of "Targeted Transmission Fluid Property Design for Improved Fuel Economy" at the CTI 19th Symposium China in Shanghai, China on September 26, 2013. In this focused-topic presentation, Afton’s Dr. Joseph Carroll will discuss research findings leading to gains of up to 1-2% improvements relative to a conventional factory-fill fluid.

Stricter government regulations on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and mandated incremental fuel economy improvements year on year coupled with stiff financial penalties for failing to deliver on those targets is forcing automakers to take a holistic look at where any and all fuel economy gains can be squeezed from their vehicles. One area of relatively low-cost to the OEM to achieve measurable fuel economy gains can be realized from exploring new lubricants. More specifically, automatic transmission fluids (ATF) can be optimized resulting in up to 1-2% fuel economy improvement relative to the original factory installed fluid. This improvement in fuel economy is directly attributable to changes in the fluids physical properties.

By manipulating an ATF’s composition, we can change physical properties of the fluid; properties including thin film coefficient of friction, film thickness, high temperature high shear viscosity, and other fluid viscometric properties to achieve better fuel economy. The influence of each of these physical properties can vary significantly with operating conditions, drive cycles, engaged hardware, transmission type, vehicle size, etc. Therefore, an ATF that improves fuel efficiency in one vehicle under a specific set of driving conditions may not improve fuel efficiency under a different set of conditions. Nonetheless, it is clear that the right ATF in the right transmission can deliver substantial fuel economy gains and OEMs will continue to look to additive companies to help them deliver on their fuel economy/CO2 emission reduction targets.

About the speaker:

Dr. Joseph B. Carroll currently holds the position of Senior R&D Scientist at Afton Chemical Corporation in the United States of America. Dr. Carroll hails from Richmond, VA. He obtained his Ph D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, specializing in molecular recognition in small-molecule and polymeric systems. He then went on to carry out postdoctoral research at Clemson University working on the development of small-molecule based, organic light emitting diode (OLED) polymer colloids. He has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals while based at these two institutions. Since 2010 he has been employed at Afton Chemical as an ATF Formulator responsible working on new product development and formulation of next generation transmission fluid technologies, with a particular focus on novel additive research for improved fuel economy.

About Afton Chemical:

Afton Chemical Corporation is the market leader for additives used in Automatic Transmission Fluids, and is approved by Ford, Daimler, GM, VW & ZF for factory fill. Afton’s ATFs give OEMs ‘friction on demand’: an ATF which exactly matches their hardware needs, and performance that is maintained throughout the lifetime of their transmission.

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