Silicone Brake Fluids: Two-Year Field Test
ARMY MOBILITY EQUIPMENT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COMMAND FORT BELVOIR VA
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A study was conducted to evaluate the performance of silicone brake fluids in military vehicles operating under various climatic conditions. These fluids were field tested for two year in vehicles operating at the Tropic Test Center TTC, Panama Canal Zone and the Yuma Proving Ground YPG, Arizona and for one year at the Arctic Test Center ATC, Fort Greeley, Alaska. After two years service at the TTC and YPG, the water intolerant silicone fluids were significantly better than the water tolerant silicone and the conventional brake fluid with respect to metal corrosion. At ATC, tests on the two water intolerant silicone fluids were discontinued because of possible crystallization at low temperatures and were replaced midway through the first year with fluids having improved low-temperature properties.
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