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High Temperature Bushing Test Rig
Testing Characteristics
  • Used to evaluate tribo-materials for industrial and aerospace applications (e.g. furnace/conveyor bushings, gas turbine engine inlet guide vance bushings)
  • Allows testing from 25 to 650 °C
  • Test loads up to approximately 450 N
  • Test speeds from 10 to 400 rpm
  • Torque measured continuously
Bushing test rig with heating elements activated
Above: Bushing test rig with heating elements activated (test section opened for photograph); inset shows PM304 bushing normally-loaded inside a test fixture.

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Last Updated: April 21, 2009