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Having discussed the fundamentals of the various transmission units in Chapter 10, the potential tests that would be required to prove that the lubricant is satisfactory for service are considered here. It is clear that there is a vast choice of tests available for this purpose, and equally, there is a whole range of performance indicators to ensure that the transmission is fit for the duty required. In certain circumstances, only one specific function of the lubricant will need to be proven to specify that fluid; at other times, there is a whole host of different functions that need to be tested and signed off. In this chapter, the options for testing transmission units and their lubricants are discussed. Most of these options will affect or be affected by the lubricant. However, for completeness, some testing in which the fluids are unlikely to have much of a part to play is included.
Cranfield University, Defence Academy, Swindon, Wiltshire