A unique feature of TE 95 Precision Rotary Tribometer – Low Temperature Enabled is the use of a dual axis, in-line, torque and axial force transducer, allowing measurement of both axial load and friction torque on the rotating, upper specimen, as opposed to the more conventional methods associated with more standard rotary tribometers. Measuring the load and friction at the rotating specimen, instead of at the fixed lower specimen, means that the latter can be attached to bulky refrigerant pipes, without inducing unwanted tare forces.
Tests may be run using geometries specified in the following standards:
- • ASTM G99 Wear Testing with a Pin-on-Disc Apparatus
- • ASTM D3702 Standard Test Method for Wear Rate of Materials in Self-Lubricated Rubbing Contact Using a Thrust Washer Testing Machine
- • ASTM D2266 Wear Preventive Characteristics of Lubricating Greases
- • ASTM D4172 Wear Preventive Characteristics of Lubricating Fluid
- • ASTM D5183 Determination of the Coefficient of Friction of Lubricants
Customised test assemblies and tooling can be accommodated, provided these work with axi-symmetric loading and produce a pure couple friction torque.
Lower test assemblies are mounted on an adjustable height cross-beam. Pneumatic cylinders are provided for raising and lowering the cross-beam.
A servo pneumatic load bellows, mounted beneath the cross-beam and acting through an air bearing, applies the axial load. A force transducer mounted on top of the bellows is used to monitor the force applied by the bellows, with the actual force applied to the specimens sensed by the in-line transducer. Load control is implemented by cascade control using both force measurements for feedback.
Cooled Test Assembly
The aluminium cooling block is mounted on a PEEK sub-base with a nylon tube wall, with the resulting gap filled with loose vermiculite, for insulation.
In order to avoid icing in the test assembly, an enclosure is provided, fed with compressed air via a desiccant dehumidifier tube.
The cooled test assembly allows tests to be performed with specimen surface temperatures down to -50 °C.
Heated Test Assembly
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.
Adapters and Tooling
TE 95/1 Cooled Test Assembly
Including refrigerant cooling system for temperatures from ambient to -50°C and NC-DVRT displacement sensor
TE 95/2 Heated Test Assembly
Including band-heater system for temperatures from ambient to 150°C and NC-DVRT displacement sensor
TE 95/3 Thrust Washer/Three Pin on Disc Tooling
For use with TE 95/1 and TE 95/2
TE 95/4 Four Ball Wear Test Tooling
For use with TE 95/1 and TE 95/2
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 Load Temperature Test Duration Measured Parameters Rotational Speed Wear Friction Force Temperature Number of Revolutions Test Duration Sliding Speed Friction Coefficient Sliding Distance Services 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)
aerospace materials coatings low temperature testing pin on disc plastics polymers PV diagrams self-lubricating materials sliding four ball thrust washer
Freudenberg Technology Innovation SE & Co. KG Germany
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