Silicone Brake Fluids: One-Year Field Test.
ARMY MOBILITY EQUIPMENT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER FORT BELVOIR VA
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A study is being conducted to evaluate the performance of silicone brake fluids in military vehicles operating under various climatic conditions. These fluids are being field tested in vehicles operating at the Tropic Test Center TTC, Panama Canal Zone Yuma Proving Ground YPG, Arizona and Arctic Test Center ATC, Fort Greeley, Alaska. After one years operation in Panama, all brake systems using the silicone performed far superior to the conventional fluid. At YPG, no significant differences were noted. In Alaska, the test was discontinued on two of the three silicones because of possible crystallization at temperatures below -50F. The third fluid performed satisfactorily throughout the test period. Additional tests using two fluids with improved low-temperature properties were initiated. The tests are continuing with inspections planned after 2 years operation.
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