Advances in truck technology will bring about many changes in equipment and business practices. Social and environment related changes will bring many changes such as low-emissions lubricants and oils that resist oil consumption. Highly detergent oils will keep rings clean for 290,000 miles required by the Environmental Protection Agency, but might contribute particulate emissions. Ceramic coating on combustion chamber parts will resist wear and heat at low lubrication levels. Electronically controlled fuel injection will soon be widespread. A technology which will be popular if fuel prices rise, is turbocompounding. Constantly variable transmissions for use in heavy trucks wil be developed. Anti-lock brake systems will be commonplace in the 1990s. Tire and wheel technology changes are are also forecast: more brakes, widebase tires, hub-piloted wheels, and plastic composite wheel materials. Better suspension systems, and changes in cab design are also forecast. Van trailer walls will get thinner, with foam/sheet aluminum composites providing coverage and structural strength. Alternative refrigeration technologies are also described. Satellite communication systems, and computer-aided electronic data exchange are also discussed.

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  • Accession Number: 00489509
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1989 12:00AM