bzguy wrote: The characteristics of the compound I mentioned, and hopefully others with even better specs, are the key to a new concept. I am not trying to reinvent the current technology.
bzguy wrote:[...]if it were as simple as using conventional technology, there would never be any improvement.
You think big...got it. The tendency, let alone the ability to think big, outside the bounds of what already exists, is rare in our society. There's a catch though: Inventors and engineers tend to want to do too much; they want to implement features that are cool, but have limited value from a business perspective. I actually do not believe this is the case from what I know of your idea...but keep this in mind. I guarantee that if you do get a group together, it will happen.
bzguy wrote:A variable pitch torque converter was invented years ago, why didn't that blossom into a working transmission [...]?
I have no idea.
bzguy wrote: i have seen (On Discovery channel) fluids that were partially metals and changed their properties under the influence of a magnetic field. Perhaps something along this line.
That is pretty cool, and something I know little about. If you build something based upon this tech, please come back and share more details with us (assuming you have adequate protection for the idea by then).
bzguy wrote: Does anyone know what the percentage of power loss is with conventional transmission fluid tech? That's the number to beat!
Google search "current automatic vs manual transmission power loss." It looks as though 15% is a consistent number, but that's hardly scientific. There are also some automatics that are actually a robotic controlled manual transmission as well.