The TS-01D evolved out of scientific research aimed at improving wear and friction material characterization data. Years of personal experience with bearing materials that performed extremely well in applications beyond the published “PV limit,” in addition to performance failures in applications far below the published “PV limit”, provided the motivation to address this challenge.
Acquisition of wide ranging PV data on very low wear materials was required. Since PVs beyond published “PV Limits” were to be tested, there also needed to be assurance that the tests at the high PVs were actually testing the material performance potential, and not the tester’s physical limitations. Although commonly available tribometers could generate some of the desired PV data, testing time-frames, resultant operating cost, and concern that existing testers may experience test generated heat management limits, made using existing machines unfeasible.
The design challenges drove the TS-01D to its unique capabilities and configuration. Advances in measurement resolution, along with test and machine logic controls were developed to address speed and operating cost issues. Assuring that test heat management was not an issue drove the TS-01D’s large counterface design (as compared to existing tribometers). The result was Tribis’ first Tribo-SpectrometerTM.
|Linear:||variable from 500 to 1,000 mm/revolution|
|Oscillating:||<1mm to 1,000mm|
|Material:||Standard material 4140 RC 40-45 through hardened, 10 to 12 micro-inch RMS finish|
|Note:||Other materials available from Tribis or locally sourced (counter-face dimensional details provided)|
|Wear:||Dual differential laser displacement system (patent pending) providing resolution at 10 nm|
|Friction:||Force sensing load cells|
|Speed:||Servo controlled, linear speed from <1 mm/s to 2mm/s (~400ft/min)|
|Controller:||Dedicated 64-bit PC|
|Programmable Logic Controller:||Dedicated PLC for managing hardware I/O|
|Data Storage:||Linux server storing to MySQL Database|