Test Rig Development

Design Unit has designed and built many types of test rig for:

  • Research into gear surface fatigue – back-to-back rigs and disc rigs.
  • Life testing (including fatigue testing of belt and chain drives).
  • Efficiency measurements (including power losses in high speed gearing and chain drives).
  • Wear testing (including low speed, high temperature gear testing).
  • Noise and vibration measurements (including an 8MW back to back rig for investigating tooth contact excitation in marine size gears).
  • Lube oil studies (including efficiency comparisons and investigating the effects of additives).
  • Coupling performance.