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Thrust Bearing Test Rig
Bearing Characteristics Testing
  • Durability
  • Load capacity
  • Power loss
  • Analytical Model Validation
Testing Capabilities
  • Test speeds up to 80,000 rpm
  • Test temperatures from ambient to 650 °C
  • Capacity for foil bearings up to 100 mm O.D.
  • Oil-Free rig shaft utilizes state-of-the-art foil journal bearings and high capacity magnetic thrust bearings
Typical thrust bearing
Above: Typical thrust bearing
Thrust bearing test rig during post-test inspection
Above: Thrust bearing test rig during post-test inspection

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Last Updated: April 21, 2009