The TE 72 Two Roller Machine is for the study of traction, wear and rolling contact fatigue under conditions of pure rolling and rolling and sliding, with dry and lubricated contacts. Two versions of the machine are available covering different load and power capacities.

    The machine has two motors, one to provide the input power and one to absorb the transmitted power. The design is of the “over-hung” roller type, with test rollers fitted over-hung on the end of the machine test spindles, as opposed to the “fully supported” arrangement, in which the test rollers are mounted on shafts between bearings, as with the TE 74 Two Roller Machine.

    The advantages of the over-hung design are, firstly, that the test rollers are readily accessible and can be removed without removing a bearing and secondly, that such designs allow variable shaft centre distances, thus allowing the maximum flexibility when it comes to the choice of test roller diameters. The principal disadvantage of the over-hung design, when compared with the fully supported design, is that the arrangement produces a cantilevered load on the test spindle bearings, thus limiting the maximum load capacity of the machine, compared with that achievable with the latter arrangement.

    The TE 72 Two Roller Machine has two a.c. vector motors, each connected by timing pulley to a test assembly. One drive incorporates an in-line torque transducer, which is connected via a cardan shaft to a roller spindle, mounted in turn on a radially oriented, linear slide. The cardan shaft and slide permit horizontal displacement of the roller spindle, allowing load application and adjustment for different diameter rollers. The spindle assembly includes an alignment mechanism that allows the spindle to be rotated in a vertical horizontal plane about the point of contact, allowing introduction or removal of small amounts of skew.

    The second roller spindle is mounted on an axially oriented, servo motor driven, linear slide, which allows axial displacement of one roller relative to the other. The slide is mounted on a bracket, which is, in turn, mounted on the machine base plate, through a pivot. This allows adjustment for line contact alignment of the rollers. The roller spindle is connected through a telescopic cardan shaft to a lay-shaft and thence via belt drive to the second motor.
    Application of axial movement on the roller contact, when in motion, allows investigation of the effects of lateral movement on traction coefficient, using a roller on drum test configuration.

    The use of an in-line torque transducer for traction measurement is subject to parasitic losses associated with the roller spindle bearings. These losses a very small but may be quantified by running the unit under conditions of zero slip at different speeds and temperatures. The roller spindles, which are oil fed, are sealed with labyrinths, thus eliminating parasitic losses associated with conventional sliding seals.

    Load is applied by means of a servo controlled pneumatic bellows with force transducer feedback. The motors are a.c. and powered by vector drives allowing precise control of speed. Power is re-circulated electrically via a common d.c. link between the drives, upstream of the frequency inverter stages. Total power requirement is thus limited to the system losses. For control purposes, one drive is designated as master with the second drive deriving its speed set point, adjusted for the required slip ratio, from the master drive.

    A vibration sensor is provided for detecting surface fatigue failure. One roller housing is electrical isolated and both spindles are provided with brushes for electrical contact potential measurement.
    Test may be run either dry or jet lubricated. For fluid tests, an optional fluid service module is available, incorporating a sump tank with immersion heater, delivery pump and oil to water heat exchanger for cooling.

    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.


  • Technical Specifications

    Standard Two Roller Configuration
    Type: Circulating power
    Overhung roller
    Spindles opposed
    Variable shaft centre distance
    Contact: Line, point or elliptical contact
    Geometry: Roller on Roller
    Maximum Skew Angle: +/-3 degrees
    Test Conditions: Pure Rolling
    Environment: Dry & Lubricated
    Maximum Roller Diameter: 120 mm
    Minimum Roller Diameter: 50 mm
    Maximum Shaft Centre Distance: 120 mm
    Minimum Shaft Centre Distance: 50 mm
    Maximum Roller Thickness: 30 mm
    Maximum Load: 5 kN
    Slide-Roll Ratio: 0 – 200 % (pure rolling to pure sliding)
    Roller Temperature: Ambient to 150°C
    Temperature Measurement: Qty 2: Non-contact IR
    Maximum Roller Speed: 3000 rpm
    Maximum Motor Power: 7.5 kW @ 1500 rpm
    Maximum Motor Speed: 3000 rpm
    Maximum Roller Spindle Speed: 3000 rpm
    Base Speed: 1500 rpm
    Drive Ratios: 2:1, 1:1, 1:2
    Maximum Torque 2:1 Belt Ratio: 24 Nm @ 3000 rpm
    Maximum Torque 1:1 Belt Ratio: 47 Nm @ 1500 rpm
    Maximum Torque 1:2 Belt Ratio: 95 Nm @ 750 rpm
    Indexing Roller on Drum
    Contact: Elliptical contact
    Geometry: Indexing Roller on Drum
    Maximum Drum Diameter: 60 mm
    Minimum Drum Diameter: 50 mm
    Maximum Roller Diameter: 120 mm
    Minimum Roller Diameter: 100 mm
    Maximum Axial Travel: 30 mm
    Controlled Parameters Motor speed
    Motor speed difference
    Applied load
    Test duration
    Measured Parameters Motor speed
    Motor speed difference
    Number of revolutions
    Applied load
    Transmitted torque
    Electrical Contact Resistance
    Roller surface temperature (dry)
    Roller surface temperature (dry)
    Vibration sensor output
    Calculated Parameters Traction force
    Coefficient of Traction
    Friction Power
    Electricity: 380/415V, three phase plus neutral, 50/60 Hz, 16 kW
    Clean, dry air: 4 cfm at 8 bar (120 psi)
    Mains water and drain: 10 l/min (typical)

  • Applications

    block on ring
    cam shaft materials
    elastohydrodynamic lubrication
    elliptical contact
    gear lubricants
    gear materials
    gear surface treatments
    hertzian contact
    hydraulic fluids
    hypoid gear lubricants
    rail friction
    rolling contact
    rolling mill
    sliding-rolling contact
    sliding-rolling line contact
    traction coefficient
    traction curve
    traction fluids

  • Traversing Drum on Roller



    Lubricant Jetting

  • Publications

    Paper #1366  Twin disc evaluation of third body materials in the wheel/rail interface
    DV Gutsulyak, LJE Stanlake, H Qi
    Tribology – Materials, Surfaces & Interface – 2020 – Taylor & Francis


  • User List

    Launched 2013

    LB Foster Rail Technologies Canada
    Tsinghua University China
    Arcelormittal Maizieres France
    Tonen Japan
    Tata Steel UK

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