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Solid Lubrication Tribometers
  • CONTROLLED ATMOSPHERE TRIBOMETER
    • Pin-On-Disk Configuration
    • 25 to 1000 °C
    • Air, Inert or Reducing Environment
    • 100 g to 5 kg Load
    • 10 to 4000 RPM - Unidirectional Sliding
    • Induction Heating

  • HIGH TEMPERATURE PIN-ON-DISK CERAMICS TRIBOMETER
    • Pin-on-Disk, Block-on-Ring Configuration
    • 25 to 1200 °C
    • Air or Inert Purge Atmosphere
    • 50 g to 100 kg Load
    • 10 to 8000 RPM Unidirectional Sliding
    • Oscillatory Sliding 0.1 to 15 Hz (±1° to ±60° Amplitude)
    • Resistance Furnace Suitable for Ceramics Heating

  • HIGH TEMPERATURE SOLID LUBRICATED BALL BEARING RIG
    • Tests Axially Loaded Ball Bearings
    • 25 to 650 °C
    • Speeds to 10,000 RPM

  • HIGH TEMPERATURE BUSHING TESTER
    • Plain Sleeve or Spherical Bushing Configuration
    • 25 to 1000 °C, Induction Heating
    • Up to 500 kg Load
    • Slow Speed Oscillatory Sliding

  • HIGH TEMPERATURE FOIL BEARING/BRUSH SEAL TUFT TESTER
    • Foil Bearing/Brush Seal Tuft Testing Configuration
    • High Speed (Up to 15,000 RPM) Shaft Speed
    • Temperatures to 700 °C

  • HIGH FREQUENCY CAMERON-PLINT TE-77 TESTER
    • Pin-on-Plate Geometry
    • 1 to 50 Hz Reciprocating Sliding
    • 25 to 600 °C
    • Controlled Purge Atmosphere
    • 1 to 25 kg Load

  • HIGH TEMPERATURE DOUBLE RUB SHOE RIG
    • Block-on-Ring Geometry
    • Speed to 1500 RPM
    • 25 to 900 °C
    • 1 to 100 kg Load
    • Controlled Purge Atmosphere

  • CRYOGENIC TO HIGH TEMPERATURE PIN-ON-FLAT TRIBOMETER
    • Pin-on-Flat Configuration
    • -120 to 1000 °C
    • Ultra-high Vacuum (1E-10 Torr)
    • Environment: Oxidizing, Reducing, Inert, or Air
    • 0.1 to 10 N Load
    • 0.1 to 80 mm/min - Reciprocating Sliding
    • As Low as 1 Micronewtons Adhesion Force Measurement
    • Electron Beam or Resistance Heating
    • XPS or AES Analysis
    • Residual Gas Analysis - Quadrupole Gas Analyzer
    • Ion Sputter Cleaning

  • CONTROLLED ATOMSPHERE PIN-ON-DISK TRIBOMETER
    • Pin-on-Disk Configuration
    • Ultra-high Vacuum (1E-9 Torr)
    • Environment: Oxidizing, Reducing, Inert, or Air)
    • 0.5 to 10 N Load
    • 10 to 120 RPM - Unidirectional Sliding
    • Endurance Life Measurement of Solid Lubricating Films
    • Residual Gas Analysis - Quadrupole Gas Analyzer

  • HIGH VACUUM TRIBOTESTER
    • Pin-on-Disk Geometry
    • Slow Speed Oscillatory Sliding
    • Ambient Temperature Testing
    • Up to 0.5 kg Load
    • Controlled Purge Atmosphere
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