A custom, state-of-the-art hub test stand developed by Wineman Technology was recently featured in Automotive Testing Technology International, and OEM Off-Highway publications. We worked with GKN Wheels & Structures – a global company that provides products and services for agriculture, construction, mining, and other off-highway industries – to increase their hub and spindle fatigue testing capabilities. The goals of the new hub test equipment were to eliminate expensive field testing, develop lighter hub castings, and speed time-to-market.
To replicate maximum bearing loads under extreme conditions, key features that Wineman Technology designed include:
- Applied test loads of up to 100,000 lb.
- Variable speeds of up to 300 rpm
- Variable shaft lengths of up to 5 ft. (equates to 6 million in.-lb. bending moment)