The TE 58 is a hermetically sealed high-pressure rotary tribometer, designed to operate at pressures up to 15 MPa with conventional refrigerants or CO2 as the pressurizing gas/fluid.

    The TE 58 has servo controlled loading with force transducer feedback, servo  motor with encoder feedback for speed control, SUPERSLIM Serial Link Interface Module and COMPEND 2000 Window compatible control and data acquisition software. The machine is floor-standing.

    Motor and Test Spindle

    The test spindle, which projects downwards, is fully enclosed within the pressure vessel and incorporates hybrid bearings that run in the working atmosphere. The spindle is connected to the drive motor via a magnetic drive coupling. Moving specimen tooling is attached to the lower end of the spindle.

    Load Application and Measurement

    Load is applied by means of a servo controlled ball screw actuator, mounted beneath the pressure vessel. A rod extension projects upwards into the vessel and is sealed by means of a high pressure stainless steel bellows. The ball screw actuator thus has to have the capacity not only to apply the required load within the vessel, but also to overcome the pressure forces acting on the bellows.

    A pressure compensated force transducer is mounted on the upper end of the rod extension, within the pressure vessel. The transducer is connected to a spring-pack of Belleville washers. As the rod is moved upwards and the specimens are brought into contact, the spring washers are compressed, resulting in a load on the specimens; this is detected by the force transducer.

    Fixed Specimen Assemblies and Friction Torque Measurement

    The fixed test assemblies are torque reaction mounted on top of the spring-pack assembly. Friction torque is measured by means of a torque arm connected to a pressure compensated force transducer.

    Access to Test Assemblies

    In order to gain access to the test assemblies, the chamber is split at its mid-point and the upper half of the chamber then raised on pneumatic bellows. Standard ports are provided for charging and scavenging the chamber.

    Control and Data Acquisition

    Control and data acquisition are implemented via host PC running COMPEND 2020 Windows compatible software, in conjunction with a Phoenix Tribology USB micro-controller interface.
    Automatic control is implemented via user programmable test sequences. Manual control is implemented using on screen toggles. Data is stored to hard disc in either .csv or .tsv file formats.


    Test Adapters

    Sliding Four Ball Assembly

    Three Pin /Ball on Disc

    Vane Pump Assembly

    Thrust Washer Assembly

  • Technical Specifications

    Maximum Torque: 10 Nm
    Maximum Load: 5000 N
    Maximum Pressure: 15 MPa
    Maximum Speed: 2000 rpm
    Maximum Temperature: 120 C
    Environment: CO2, R407, R410
    Motion: Continuous sliding
    Interface: Phoenix Tribology USB micro-controller interface
    Software: COMPEND 2020
    Controlled Parameters Rotational Speed
    Test Duration
    Recorded Parameters Rotational Speed
    Friction Torque
    Number of Revolutions
    Test Duration
    Sliding Speed
    Friction Coefficient
    Sliding Distance
    Electricity: 220/240V, single phase, 50 Hz, 5.5 kW
    110/120 V, single phase, 60 Hz, 5.5 kW
    Clean, dry air: 4 cfm at 8 bar (120 psi)

  • Applications

    ball on disc
    compressor materials
    high pressure testing
    refrigerant lubricants
    sliding four ball
    vane pump

  • User List

    Launched 2014

    GMCC China

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