Highly flexible shafts ensure optimum test conditions
Increasing requirements for modern engines entail investment in research and development. An optimal test environment is ensured by highly flexible test bed coupling CENTAX-TEST, manufactured by international leader CENTA.
Growing requirements for performance, emissions, consumption and service life of modern engines are the great challenges facing engine manufacturers today. The new designs or redesigns will have to prove in the test field whether they keep their promise. According to the rule: Only optimum conditions will provide conclusive test data.
CENTA, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of flexible couplings and shafts, provides the suitable test bed couplings for such tasks with its highly flexible CENTAX-TEST. Due to its torsionally soft characteristics, vibrations in the drive train are reduced, while the couplings compensate axial, radial and angular misalignments. This conserves both the test bed and test sample, thereby prolonging operating lives. Moreover, all values established under such conditions provide a much more accurate picture.
The core of our modular designed CENTAX-TEST consists of elements made of natural rubber or silicone and supplied in different ranges of Shore hardness. They come in various designs and sizes as well as in varying degrees of torsional stiffness. By combining two to four elements, torsional stiffness can be varied further. Precise centering and radial supports for the elements make them the ideal solution for high torques. They cover a torque range of 0.2 to 650 kNm.
In combination with other proven components, such as homokinetic joints, cardan joints, sliding elements, flanges and adapters, they achieve high flexibility in all directions as well as extreme adaptability with regard to construction and installation conditions. Length and dimensions for connection can be adapted to any kind of installation site, and replacements can easily be managed without much effort thanks to lengthwise slidable joints resp. sliding elements. In addition, the couplings which are equipped with high-strength aluminium flanges excel by their low weight.
Numerous renowned manufacturers of engines and test beds have already chosen highly flexible CENTAX couplings for their test activities. Whether in combination with a gasoline or a diesel engine, whether for new designs or for monitoring serial production: the couplings provide the optimum conditions for test purposes.
The innovative CENTA couplings and drive systems have ongoing adaptations to meet the most recent technical demands and requirements. A wide range of innovations has made the company, with its near 40 years of history, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of flexible couplings and drive shafts for industry, marine, and power generation applications. Further information can be obtained at www.centa.info
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