The TE 55 Lubricity Test Machine is a multi-function unit with adapters for ball on cylinder (BOCLE type) and cylinder on cylinder (TAFLE type) and crossed cylinder contact (Brugger and Reichert type) configurations. The control unit includes a SLIM 2000 Serial Link Interface Module and COMPEND 2000 Windows based control and data acquisition software. The main unit is based on the TE 53 Multi-Purpose Friction and Wear Tester. The machine may be used for evaluating both fuels and lubricants and any other general tribological tests involving sliding or sliding and rolling contacts, but does not aim to meet the requirements of any specified test standard.


    A bearing housing carries two parallel shafts. The lower shaft carries a flat profile ring or roller and is connected to an ac geared motor with frequency inverter variable speed drive.

    In ball on cylinder configuration the upper shaft carries a holder for the fixed specimen and is restrained from rotating. In two roller configuration the upper shaft carries a roller and is driven from the lower shaft through a pair of gears. Seven fixed amounts of percentage slip are provided. The upper roller is mounted on a self-aligning bearing to achieve full width line contact between the specimens.

    The TE 55 features a sealed chamber surrounding the test specimens and this allows for the continuous supply of conditioned test fluid into the contact zone, a vital part of controlling the conditions of the test or running with the contact fully immersed with test fluid. The enclosure incorporates a heater element to maintain the test fluid temperature.

    The upper shaft is carried in a spherical bearing at one end that permits rotation about the gear contact line and has a floating bearing at the other end. This allow the shaft to pivot freely in the vertical and horizontal axes. Load is applied by dead weights through a 5:1 lever and acts on the front end of the shaft by pressing on the outer race of the floating bearing.

    Horizontal movement in the direction perpendicular to the upper shaft axis and is resisted by a strain gauge transducer. This gives measurements of the tangential forces in the contact which are displayed as friction force on the control unit.

    Control and Data Acquisition

    The TE 55 has PC based sequence programmable control and data acquisition. This is provided by an integrated Serial Link Interface Module and COMPEND 2000 software running on a host PC, operating under Windows. Data is stored to hard disc in standard spread sheet compatible file formats (.csv or .tsv).

    Tests are defined by a sequence of steps, each step containing set-point, data recording rates and alarm level information. Set-points may be adjusted by step change or ramp. The test sequence is followed unless interrupted by the operator or an alarm. Set-points may also be adjusted manually using on screen toggles.


  • Technical Specifications

    Contact Geometry: Ball on Cylinder
    Cylinder on Cylinder
    Crossed Cylinder
    Speed Range: 30 to 850 rpm
    Equivalent Velocity: up to 4 m/s
    Slip Rate Gears: 1.79, 5.13, 8.70, 10.53, 13.33, 18.18 and 22.22%
    Friction Range: 130 N
    Load Range: 50 to 750 N
    Bath Temperature: ambient to 150°C
    Heater Power: 250 W
    Temperature Sensor: k-type thermocouple
    Cylinder Size: 60 mm diameter
    Sliding Specimen: 12.7 mm ball, roller or block
    Interface: Serial Link Interface Module
    Software: COMPEND 2000
    Motor: 0.25 kW ac geared motor
    Controlled Parameters Rotational Speed
    Reservoir Temperature
    Test Duration
    Recorded Parameters Rotational Speed
    Friction Force
    Number of Revolutions
    Test Duration
    Sliding Speed
    Friction Coefficient
    Sliding Distance
    Electricity: 220/240V, single phase, 50 Hz, 1.2 kW
    110/120 V, single phase, 60 Hz, 1.2 kW
    Bench-mounting machine: 1,000 mm x 200 mm x 250 mm high, 50 kg
    Bench-mounting cabinet: 530 mm x 520 mm x 400 mm high , 25 kg
    Packing Specification: 0.48 m3, GW 165 kg, NW 105 kg

  • Applications

    ball on cylinder
    crossed cylinder
    sliding-rolling contact
    sliding-rolling line contact
    traction coefficient
    traction fluids

  • Publications


    Paper # 97  The Effect of Processing Route, Composition and Hardness on the Wear Response of Chromium Bearing Steels in a Rolling-Sliding Configuration
    Hanlon D N, Rainforth W M, Sellars C M,
    Wear 203-204, 1997, 220-229.
    Paper # 153  The Rolling/Sliding Wear Response of Conventionally Processed and Spray Formed High Chromium Content Cast Iron at Ambient and Elevated Temperature
    Hanlon D N, Rainforth W M, Sellars C M,
    Wear 225-229 (1999), 587-599.
    Paper # 157  Development and Use of ASTM Standards for Wear Testing
    Blau P J, Budinski K G,
    Wear 225-229 (1999), 1159-1170.
    Paper # 257  Tribological Properties of Electric Arc-Sprayed CuSn Coating for Bearing Elements
    M Toparli, E Celik, I Birlik, E Dokumaci
    Tribology Transactions, Volume 52, Issue 3 May 2009 , p. 389 – 394
    Paper # 378  Wear Behaviour of Tool Steels with added (WTi)C Particles
    Leonard A J, Rainforth W M,
    Wear 255 (2003) 517 – 526
    Paper # 384  The Rolling Sliding Wear Response of Conventionally Processed and Spray Formed High Speed Steel at Ambient and Elevated Temperature
    Hanlon D N, Rainforth W M,
    Wear 255 (2003) 956 – 966
    Paper # 469  High resolution observations of friction-induced oxide and its interaction with the worn surface
    WM Rainforth, AJ Leonard, C Perrin, A Bedolla
    Tribology International Volume 35, Issue 11 , November 2002, p. 731-748
    Paper # 486  Mechanical and tribological properties of electrolytic hard chrome and HVOF-sprayed coatings
    G Bolelli, V Cannillo, L Lusvarghi, S Riccò
    Surface and Coatings Technology Volume 200, Issue 9, 8 February 2006, p. 2995-3009
    Paper # 546  The wear of wrought aluminium alloys under dry sliding conditions
    MJ Ghazali, WM Rainforth, H Jones
    Tribology International Volume 40, Issue 2, February 2007, p. 160-169
    Paper # 547  Thermal aging effects on mechanical and tribological performance of PEEK and short fiber reinforced PEEK composites
    T Sinmazçelik, T Yilmaz
    Materials & Design Volume 28, Issue 2, 2007, p. 641-648
    Paper # 570  Wear behavior of austempered ductile irons with dual matrix structures
    Y Sahin, M Erdogan, V Kilicli
    Materials Science and Engineering: A Volume 444, Issues 1-2, 25 January 2007, p. 31-38
    Paper # 573  Wear behaviour of tool steels with added(WTi) C particles
    AJ Leonard, WM Rainforth
    Wear Volume 255, Number 1, August 2003, pp. 517-526
    Paper # 575  Wear mechanisms of monolithic and multicomponent nitride coatings grown by combined arc etching and unbalanced magnetron sputtering
    Q Luo, WM Rainforth, WD Münz
    Surface and Coatings Technology Volumes 146-147, September-October 2001, p. 430-435
    Paper # 607  The friction and wear of various hard-face claddings for deep-hole drilling
    J Truhan, R Menon, F LeClaire, J Wallin, J Qu, P Blau,
    Wear Volume 263, Issues 1-6, 10 September 2007, p. 234-239
    Paper # 608  Experimental Study of the Smoothing Effect of a Ceramic Rolling Element on a Bearing Raceway in Contaminated Lubrication
    W Wang, PL Wong, F He, GTY Wan,
    Tribology Letters Volume 28, Number 1 / October, 2007
    Paper # 609  A quantitative analysis of the influence of carbides size distributions on wear behaviour of high-speed steel in dry rolling/sliding contact
    C Rodenburg, WM Rainforth,
    Acta Materialia Volume 55, Issue 7, April 2007, p. 2443-2454
    Paper # 642  Wear Mechanism of Glass Fiber Reinforced Epoxy Composites Under Dry Sliding Using Fuzzy Clustering Technique
    V Srinivasan, B Asaithambi, G Ganesan, R Karthikeyan, and K Palanikumar
    Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites 2008
    Paper # 643  Plasma sprayed composite coatings obtained by liquid injection of secondary phases
    F Cipri, F Marra, G Pulci, J Tirillò, C Bartuli and T Valente
    Surface and Coatings Technology Volume 203, Issue 15, 25 May 2009, Pages 2116-2124
    Paper # 644  Developing a mathematical model to evaluate wear rate of AA7075/SiCp powder metallurgy composites
    S Kumar and V Balasubramanian
    Wear Volume 264, Issues 11-12, 10 May 2008, p. 1026-1034
    Paper # 698  Wear mechanisms experienced by a work roll grade high speed steel under different environmental conditions
    NF Garza-Montes-de-Oca, WM Rainforth
    Wear of Materials 2009
    Paper # 742  A study of TiNiCr ternary shape memory alloys
    SF Hsieh, SL Chen, HC Lin, MH Lin
    Journal of Alloys and Compounds Volume 494, Issues 1-2, 2 April 2010, p. 155-160
    Paper # 747  Comparative evaluation of dry sliding wear behaviour of plasma transferred arc hardfaced surfaces by the pin-on-roller method
    CS Ramachandran
    Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part J: Journal of Engineering Tribology Volume 224, Number 1 / 2010 p. 91-106
    Paper # 748  Comparative study on the wear behavior of long and short glass fiber reinforced plastics
    V Srinivasan, R Karthikeyan, G Ganesan
    Metals and Materials International 2010 Volume 16, Number 2, 205-212
    Paper # 750  Effect of contact load and lubricant volume on the properties of tribofilms formed under boundary lubrication in a fully formulated oil under extreme load conditions
    G Nehme, R Mourhatch
    Wear 2010 Volume 268, Issues 9-10, p. 1129-1147
    Paper # 751  Effect of reinforcement size and volume fraction on the abrasive wear behaviour of AA7075 Al/SiCp P/M composites–A statistical analysis
    S Kumar
    Tribology International 2010 Volume 43, Issues 1-2, p. 414-422
    Paper # 757  Erosion and wear behavior of nitrocarburized DC53 tool steel
    DC Wen
    Wear 2010 Volume 268, Issues 3-4, p. 629-636
    Paper # 762  Friction and dry sliding wear behavior of carbon and glass fabric reinforced vinyl ester composites
    B Suresha, K Shiva Kumar, S Seetharamu
    Tribology International 2010 Volume 43, Issue 3, p. 602-609
    Paper # 777  Effect of Different Surface Treatment Methods on the Friction and Effect of Different Surface Treatment Methods on the Friction and Wear Behavior of AISI 4140 Steel
    M Ulutan, ON Celik, H Gasan
    Journal of Materials Science & Technology 2010 Volume 26, Issue 3, p. 251-257
    Paper # 794  Tribological behavior of a 20CrMo alloy implanted with nitrogen ions by plasma source ion implantation
    HB He, HY Li
    Wear 2010 Volume 268, Issues 3-4, p. 399-404
    Paper # 802  Wear properties of DLC-coated steel rollers running with highly contaminated lubrication
    F He, PL Wong
    Tribology International 2010, Volume 43, Issues 5-6, p. 990-996
    Paper # 810  Fluorinated FeF3 catalyst interactions in three different oil formulations using design of experiment optimization and chemistry characterization of tribofilms
    G Nehme
    Lubrication Science Volume 23, Issue 4, pages 153–179, June 2011
    Paper # 811  Fluorinated mix in plain ZDDP oil and commercial oil using design of experiment analysis of all interactions and fundamental study of fluorinated mix in plain ZDDP oils under 2 different r/min test cycles and extreme boundary lubrication
    G Nehme
    Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part J: Journal of Engineering Tribology April 2011 vol. 225 no. 4 193-211
    Paper # 812  Feasibility of utilizing response surface methodology for predicting wear of steels
    B Selçuk
    Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part J: Journal of Engineering Tribology May 2011 vol. 225 no. 5 277-287
    Paper # 813  Material Science and Technology Division
    David P Stinton Technical Project Manager
    Quarterly Progress Report for April through June 2011 David P. Stinton Technical Project Manager
    Paper # 816  Optimization of Mechanism of Boundary Lubrication in Fully Formulated Commercial Engine Oil Using Design of Experiment
    GN Nehme
    Tribology Transactions Volume 54, Issue 2, 2011
    Paper # 818  The Tribological Performance of Plain and Fully Formulated Commercial Engine Oil under 2 Different Rotational Speeds and Extreme Pressure Contact Using Design of Experiment
    GN Nehme
    Tribology Transactions Volume 54, Issue 4, 2011
    Paper # 819  The Effect of FeF3/TiF3 catalysts on the thermal and tribological performance of plain oil ZDDP under extreme pressure loading
    G Nehme
    Wear – Accepted for Publication 2011
    Paper # 820 Dry sliding wear behaviour of powder metallurgy Al-Mg-Si alloy-MoSi2 composites and the relationship with the microstructure
    J Corrochano, JC Walker, M Lieblich, J Ibáñez
    Wear Volume 270, Issues 9-10, 4 April 2011, Pages 658-665
    Paper # 827  Interactions of fluorinated catalyst and polutetrafluoroethylene in two different plain zinc dialkyldithiophosphate oils and one fully formulated oil using design of Experiment
    G Nehme
    Lubrication Science Volume 23, Issue 4, pages 181–201, June 2011
    Paper # 861  Effect of Extreme Load on Plain ZDDP Oil in the Presence of FeF3 Catalyst Using Design of Experiment and Fundamental Study under Two Different Rotational Speeds
    G Nehme
    Tribology Transactions Volume 55, Issue 6, 2012
    Paper # 883  Tribological and Thermal Characteristics of Reduced phosphorus plain ZDDP oil in the Presence of PTFE/FeF3/TiF3 under Optimized Extreme Loading condition and a break in period using 2 different rotational speeds
    G Nehme
    Wear – Available online 3 December 2012
    Paper # 890  Usability of Boron as an Alloying Element in Gray Cast Iron Rollers and its Effect to Abrasive Wear Behaviour
    C Meran, M Yuksel
    Advanced Materials Research (Volume 445) January 2012
    Paper # 911  Analysis of fluorinated interactions in plain ZDDP and fully formulated oils using design of xperiment (DOE) and chemistry characterization of tribofilms in boundary lubrication under extreme loading conditions
    G Nehme
    Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, 2013
    Paper # 912  Microstructure and Wear Behavior of Plasma-Sprayed Nanostructured WC–Co Coatings
    G Di Girolamo, F Marra, L Pilloni, G Pulci
    International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology Volume 10, Issue 1, pages 60–71, January/February 2013
    Paper # 913  Subsurface modifications in powder metallurgy aluminium alloy composites reinforced with intermetallic MoS2 particles under dry sliding wear
    M Lieblich, J Corrochano, J Ibáñez, V Vadillo
    Wear Volume 309, Issues 1–2, 15 January 2014, Pages 126–133
    Paper # 997  Optimization of Extreme Load and Break-in Period in Plain ZDDP Oil with FeF3 Catalyst Using Design of Experiment and Fundamental Study under Different Speeds
    GN Nehme, M Dib
    Tribology Transactions, 2014, Taylor & Francis
    Paper # 1007  Wear modelling in rail–wheel contact
    Ramalho A
    Wear Volumes 330–331, May–June 2015, Pages 524–532
    Paper # 1015  Effect of extreme contact load under two different rotational speeds on reduced phosphorus plain ZDDP oil in the presence of 1?per?cent FeF3 catalyst
    G Nehme
    Proc IMechE Part J: Engineering Tribology, August 2011; vol. 225, 8: pp. 833-844
    Paper # 1019  Effects of Sliding Speed in a CuZn10 Brass Material on Wear
    M Bagci, H Imrek
    Paper # 1040  The effect of particle concentration in a magneto rheological suspension on the performance of a boundary lubricated contact
    W. C. Leung, W. A. Bullough, P. L. Wong and C Feng
    Proc IMechE Part J: Engineering Tribology, April 1, 2004; vol. 218, 4: pp. 251-264
    Paper # 1189 Fretting wear comparison of cladding materials for reactor fuel cladding application
    TC Winter, RW Neu, PM Singh, LE Kolaya
    Journal of Nuclear Materials Volume 508, September 2018, Pages 505-515


  • User List

    Launched 1995

    Siebersdorf Research Centre Austria
    Euron S.p.A. Italy
    Tonen Japan
    Samchok National University Korea
    Ministry of University Affairs Thailand
    Liverpool John Moores University UK

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