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Wheel & Hub Test Sytems


Link Engineering Company specializes in the design and manufacture
of precision test systems and provides comprehensive test services for
a wide variety of vehicle components. Headquartered in Plymouth,
Michigan, USA, LINK has been serving its customers since 1935. The
company maintains ofces and test laboratories throughout the world
with partcular focus on components behind the engine, including
wheels, hubs and related rotatng components.
The LINK Radial Fatgue Test System is designed to reproduce the
radial forces actng on wheels and tres to evaluate their integrity.
This roadwheel type machine applies a controllable load to the test wheel
through the tre interface with the surface of the roadwheel and inline
radially with the center of the test artcle. Additonally,
the rotatonal axis of both the test artcle and roadwheel are parallel.
The radial load is applied and controlled by means of a servo-electric
linear actuaton assembly. Tire pressure can be controlled through au-
tomatc infaton and defaton systems. The test artcle must perform a
minimum number of test cycles
without test terminaton due to fatgue cracking
or inability to maintain test load. Strategically
located safety switches, along with data
monitoring, provide
automatc machine
shutdown upon
part failure
Model 947
System Features:
Electric Ball-Screw Actuators for
Precise Radial Load Control
Cooling Air Flow Directed at Test Wheel
Guarding to Protect
Surrounding Environment
Fail-safe Annunciator System
System Specifcatons:
Max Load: 4,550 kg (10,000 lbs)
Max Speed: 120 kph (75 mph)
Roadwheel Diameter:
1707 mm (67.23)
Test Statons: Single, Double or Four
Radial Fatgue Machine
The Wheel Impact Test System reproduces impact forces on wheel
and drive shaf assemblies. Using the Earths gravitatonal
pull, incremental dead weights are loaded onto the systems
carriage and dropped to infict test parts with a specifed force,
impact speed or total energy. A customized roller bearing
design is used to minimize total fricton in the system,
while providing a reliable and accurate method to
reproduce impact speeds. The Model 1230 can be
designed to ft the customers needs in regards to
total height, weight and transducer assemblies.
System Features:
High Frequency Laser to
Measure Impact Velocity
Piezoelectric Load Sensors to
Measure Impact Force
Load vs. Displacement Curves
Measured through Impact
Multple Systems in Place to
Satsfy Customer Facility Safety Codes
Fixtures Available for Several Wheel
Confguratons, Drive Shafs, etc.
Wheel Impact Test System
Model 1230
System Specifcatons:
Incremental Deadweight Load:
90 1,35 kg (200 2,500 lbs)
Max Dynamic Impact Loading:
111 kN (25,000 lbs)
Max Impact Speed: 32 kph (20 mph)
Conforms to SAE J175 and
Other OEM Test Standards
Model 2500
Model 1750
Model 1750 and 2500
System Features:
Integral Sheaves and Table Brake
T-sloted Plate for Fixture Mountng
Guarding for Rotatng Members
Failure Detecton System with Annunciator
The LINK Rotary Fatgue Machines are designed to reproduce
the forces actng on wheel and brake components as seen
in vehicles. They do so by controlling the magnitude of
the cornering forces consistently to determine the
integrity of the test components. These machines are capable
of testng rotors, wheels, bearing packs and axle extenders
by mountng the test components vertcally to a rotatng table
and applying a fxed or varying load while rotatng at designated
test speeds. The machine confguraton is designed with the load arm
either below or above the test assembly, depending on the preferred
loading requirements. Normal procedures call for test completon upon
test part failure or once the required number
of rotatons has been reached. The load apply system utlizes a
hydraulic supply located near the base of the rotary fatgue
machine The fast response servo valve provides controlled
load apply during the test.
Model 1750
System Specifcatons:
Max Load: 8.9 kN (2,000 lbs)
Load Angle: 90
Max Table Speed: 800 rpm
Max Wheel Size: 559 mm (22)
Model 2500
System Specifcatons:
Max Load: 44.5 kN (10,000 lbs)
Angle Load Adjustment: 45-90
Max Table Speed: 500 rpm
Load Positoning:
0 to 1, 140 mm (0 to 45)
Rotary Fatgue Machines
*Additonal speed and load optons available.
The Model 3536 Biaxial Wheel Tester provides a comprehensive
tool to simulate actual driving conditons to perform wheel and
hub durability tests in a laboratory environment. It provides testng
capabilites for vehicles from passenger cars to light trucks
and SUVs. The wheel assembly is positoned on the interior
of a drum,which is driven through the tre
interface. Servo-electric actuators are
utlized to provide the radial and axial
forces, as well as the bending
moments required to recreate
loading conditons that occur
on the vehicle.
Model 3536
System Specifcatons:
Tire Width: 335 mm maximum
Max Actvator Load Forces
Radial +/-40 kN (9,000 lbs) max
Lateral +/-25 kN (5,620 lbs) max
Actuator Strokes & Angle +/-20 max
Speed: 150 kph (93 mph)
System Features:
Operaton through Electric Servo Motors
and Ball Screw Actuators
Eliminaton of Hydraulic System Reduces
Noise and Minimizes Maintenance
Mult-Axis Load Cell Close to the Test Part
Reduces Data Transmission Losses
Biaxial Wheel Tester
Model 3928
Model 3546
The Model 3928 Bearing Endurance Test Machine provides a
sophistcated test system to perform endurance testng on automotve
wheel bearings by recreatng actual in-service load conditons upon
the test components. The control system maintains
a constant or variable load on each bearing
assembly while rotatng the test parts at user
programmable test speeds. Simulated
forces are reproduced via a pneumatcally
actuated load apply system. Vehicle route
load cycles can be programmed for
automated simulaton.
All primary operatng functons are performed
at the test staton including selecton of test
parameters, control modes, display of pertnent data,
monitoring of all test functons and executon of desired test.
Ease of operaton combined with accurate and reproducible
measurements make the Model 3928 an ideal instrument for control,
product development research, or other endurance applicatons.
The LINK Model 3546 Hub and Wheel Bearing Test System is designed
to reproduce the forces actng on wheel bearings as seen in vehicles.
It does so by controlling the magnitude of the
cornering forces and radial forces. The axial and
radial load apply systems utlize hydraulic cylin-
ders. The control system maintains a constant
force on each load apply system while rotatng
the test part at the desired test speed. The test
is complete when either the test part fails or the
required number of rotatons is reached. This
machine is unique in that water, mud and other
slurry mixtures can be sprayed on the bearing
during testng. Additonally the test enclosure
is thermally insulated for cold weather environmental testng.
Model 3928
System Specifcatons:
1500 RPM Max Speed
22.2 kN (5,000 lbs) Max Load Apply
1128 m3/hr (13,000 CFM)
Max Cooling Airfow
Single or Dual Staton
Pneumatc, Hydraulic, or
Electric-Actuated Load Control
Model 3546
System Specifcatons:
Max Radial Load: 32 kN (7,195 lbs)
Max Axial Load: 24 kN (5,395 lbs)
Max Speed: 2000 RPM
System Optons:
Environmental Conditoning Unit:
15C to 150C
Environmental Test Enclosure
Water and Mud Slurry Spray
Cold Water Intrusion Fixture
Hub/Wheel Bearing
Test System
Model 3546 with Thermal
and Spray Systems
Bearing Endurance Test
The LINK Roll Dynamometer is capable to reproduce the radial
and side forces actng on aircraf wheels to evaluate their integrity.
This road wheel type machine functons by applying a controllable
load to the test wheel and tre. Yaw and camber angles can be
adjusted to induce side load. The Roll is cast and
hardened for capacity to perform Roll-on-Rim testng.
Radial load is applied and controlled by
means of a servo hydraulic cylinder or
servo-electric actuator.
Tire pressure may be
controlled through a
closed loop infaton
and defaton system.
The LINK Model 8700
complies with ISO
and SAE testng
standards for wheel
and tre test protocols.
Model 8700
System Specifcatons:
Max Radial Load: 780 kN (175,000 lbs)
Max Side Load: 265 kN (60,000 lbs)
Roll Diameter: 3048 mm (120)
Yaw Angle +/- 25
Optonal: Chamber Control +/-20
Optonal: 2nd Carriage
Optonal Structural Torque Assembly
Aircraf Roll Dynamometer
In additon to design and manufacturing,
LINK also ofers engineering and testng support
through its global test operatons. Headquartered
in North America with strategically placed facilites
across four contnents, LINK provides expertse
regarding all aspects of the test executon and
data reportng for both laboratory and full
vehicle testng.
For more informaton,
contact a LINK representatve today.
Information presented in this brochure is for informational purposes only. Link Engineering
Company reserves the right to make changes, alterations and substitutions to the machines,
components or other information presented in this brochure without prior notice. For the
latest information, contact Link Engineering Company. Equipment pictured in this brochure
may be shown with safety equipment removed or disabled for purposes of illustration.
Equipment must never be operated with safety equipment removed or disabled.
For more informaton, contact LINK at
sales@linkeng.com or visit www.linkeng.com
LINK Wheel and Hub Test Systems, along with
the rest of its test systems, are operated with
ProLink sofware. Since the late 1990s, LINK
has implemented its ProLink control and data
acquisiton sofware on more than 800 pieces
of test equipment around the world. The ad-
vanced features of this sofware package ofer
operator dependent control or fully automatc,
unatended operaton. ProLink handles machine
operaton, data acquisiton, post processing and
report generaton. The operator only needs to
set up and start the test and the sofware will
do the rest. ProLink is a major selling point of
LINK test systems due to its fexibility to quickly
adapt to the changing needs of the end user.