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Lab Engine Correlation and In-situ Validation of Fuel-Efficient Engine Lubricant Technologies

April 3, 2014 11:00AM to 12:00PM
Nicholaos Demas (ES), Center for Transportation Research
Building 362, Room F108
Center for Transportation Research (CTR) Brown Bag Series
Researchers need cost-effective lab-scale tribological tests that simulate actual engine conditions so they can evaluate new technologies quickly and efficiently. Such lab-scale tests rely on sophisticated instruments and controlled environments. Correlating the results from testing in controlled environments with actual in-engine performance represents the state of the art. Achieving fidelity in those correlations is the ultimate goal, but it is difficult to do, because conditions such as friction loads vary by factors of 100 or more during one revolution of the engine. This project focuses on the development of testing protocols for lab-scale tribological tests that will serve as a platform for the validation of new technologies.