TE 93 Precision Rotary Tribometer provides a lower load range than the standard TE 92 Rotary Tribometer, on which it is based. The incorporation of a linear air bushing in the loading and friction torque assembly allows precise control of the load in the range 1 to 1,000 N and corresponding precision in the measurement of friction torque. Load is applied by means of servo controlled pneumatic bellows with force transducer feedback. The unit is specifically designed to run tests in the thrust washer and three pin on disc test configurations, with on-line measurement of friction, wear displacement (by capacitance probe) and sample temperature.

    Test may be run in accordance with the guidelines laid out in ASTM G99 Wear Testing with a Pin-on-Disc Apparatus and ASTM D3702 Standard Test Method for Wear Rate of Materials in Self-Lubricated Rubbing Contact Using a Thrust Washer Testing Machine. In addition to continuous rotation, a crank mechanism is included to allow oscillating motion to be generated.

    Electro-chemical Cell and Potentiostat Option

    The optional electro-chemical test cell allows tests to be run with three rotating ball on disc/pin on disc configurations. It includes a Faraday cage, temperature controlled fluid circulator and precision shaft slip-rings. A silver/Silver Chloride reference electrode and a platinum mesh counter electrode are included.
    The potentiostat, which is triggered by COMPEND, is a Gamry Instruments Reference 600 Potentiostat/Galvanostat/ZRA and is supplied with licenses for DC105 DC Corrosion, CPT110 Critical Pitting Temperature, EN120 Electrochemical Noise Experiment, EFM140 Electrochemical Frequency Modulation, PHE200 Physical Electrochemistry, PV220 Pulse Voltammetry, EIS300 Electrochemical Impedance,ESA410 Electrochemical Signal Analyzer, VFP600 Virtual Front Panel, PWR800 Electrochemical Energy software.

    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

    Thrust Washer: According to ASTM D 3702
    Pin Track Radius: 10 to 35 mm
    Pin Size: 8 mm diameter x 15 mm long
    Disc Diameter: 75 mm maximum
    Rotational Speed: 30 to 3,000 rpm
    Oscillating Motion: +/-10 degrees at 25 Hz
    +/-15 degrees at 20 Hz
    +/-20 degrees at 18 Hz
    +/-25 degrees at 15 Hz
    +/-35 degrees at 10 Hz
    +/-45 degrees at 8 Hz
    Load Range: 1 to 1,000 N
    Maximum Temperature: 200°C
    Wear Resolution: 0.2 microns
    Motor: 2.2 kW a.c. vector motor
    Interface: Phoenix Tribology USB micro-controller interface
    Software: COMPEND 2020
    Controlled Parameters Rotational Speed
    Test Duration
    Measured Parameters Rotational Speed
    Friction Force
    Number of Revolutions
    Test Duration
    Sliding Speed
    Friction Coefficient
    Sliding Distance
    Electricity: 220/240V, single phase, 50 Hz, 7.5 kW
    110/120 V, single phase, 60 Hz, 7.5 kW
    Clean, dry air: 4 cfm at 8 bar (120 psi)

  • Applications

    corrosion and wear
    electro-chemical cell
    friction materials
    oscillating contact
    pin on disc
    PV diagrams
    self-lubricating materials
    thrust washer

  • Publications


    Paper # 1157 Development of Ring on Disc tests for elastomeric sealing materials
    A Hausberger, I Godor, F. Grün, G. Pinter, Th. Schwarz
    International Tribology Conference, TOKYO 2015
    Paper # 1228 The Potential of Tribological Application of DLC/MoS2 Coated Sealing Materials
    C Wang, A Hausberger, P Nothdurft, J Lackner
    Coatings 2018, 8(8), 267
    Paper # 1232 Tribological Behavior of HNBR in Oil and Gas Field Applications
    W Balasooriya, B Schrittesser, C Wang, A Hausberger
    Lubricants 2018, 6(1), 20
    Paper # 1341   Fretting Behavior of Thermoplastic Polyurethanes
    C Wang, A Hausberger, M Berer, G Pinter, F Grün
    Lubricants, 2019 – mdpi.com


  • User List

    Launched 2008

    University of Leoben Austria
    Evonik Industries, Degusa Germany
    Stuttgart University Germany

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