Bespoke Test Equipment
This rig replicates a fast moving chain in order to analyse the wear characteristics of the chain and rings after use. It is then possible to compare different surface coatings and lubricants for optimal performance.
Bearing Film Thickness Measurement
This device is used to measure EHL film thicknesses in bearings using ultrasonic techniques. It is possible to configure the device in a number of different ways to analyse different aspects of the system.
Fixed Piston and Reciprocating Liner
This piece of equipment has been designed to measure friction and film thickness of piston ring/cylinder liner contact. The Perspex liner is clear, allowing for optical measurements to be made. Although primarily used for cylinder / liner contact, any contact shape could be employed for reciprocating friction and wear tests.
Railway Overhead Electric Line Wear Testing Machine
This machine has been developed to simulate the contact between an overhead electric line and the train pantograph contact strip. It is capable of 200km/hour sliding contact speeds. A rotary arrangement of segments from the overhead line is used, loaded by a stationary pantograph contact strip. It is designed for investigating the effects of speed and contact load on both the contact strip and copper wire.
Impact Test: Valve and Valve Seat Recession Testing
This rig consists of an oscillating hammer driven by an automotive cam used in opening/closing valves to provide the repetitive impacts required. This can recreate the actual loadings experienced in the valve train of an engine. It is capable of recreating many tribological contact conditions in which repetitive impact wear occurs.
Pin Joint Test Facility
Although designed originally to simulate an aircraft pin and joint assembly from a landing gear pin-joint; the Pin Joint Test rig can be used for all reciprocating journal bearing applications. This rig can apply fully programmable lateral load scenarios to simulate take off and landing.
Maximum Torque: 1000Nm Maximum Angular Displacement: ±90
Twin Valve Rig: Valve and Valve Seat Recession Testing
This rig consists of a pair of valves, seats, springs and associated hardware driven by a camshaft. The camshaft is powered by an electric motor. This rig allows a great deal of control of test parameters.
Shoe Surface Traction Rig
This apparatus has been developed to investigate the tribological interaction between shoes and surfaces and has been used in many different applications including tennis shoe-court interactions and pedestrian slips. It is flexible set-up that allows rapid testing of many different shoe and surface parameters. A normal load is applied using a pneumatic ram and then the shoe system is driven across the test surface using a second, independent pneumatic ram. Loads and displacements are measured in the vertical and horizontal directions.
Normal load: 0 - 2000 N
Traction force: 0 - 2000 N
Finger Friction Rig
This device is used to measure skin friction. By rubbing your finger accross the material, it is possible to calculate the coefficient of friction.