Designed for High Torque – Low Speed Load Testing
of Axles, Final Drives, and Transmissions
Whether it’s testing the most complex aircraft system, off road final drives, or tractor transmissions; Force Control has the products for your load testing requirements. Our patented high-torque, low-speed Positorq load brakes are used to simulate real world environments.
Force Control Industries unique Oil Shear Technology provides heat dissipation for high horsepower applications while maintaining a compact profile capable of direct mounting to the drive axle – eliminating additional gearboxes.
In addition, with Oil Shear Technology, disc wear is negligible, allowing long term testing without loss of torque. In fact most Positorq Dynamometer load brakes in service over the past 40 years have required little to no maintenance.
HIGH TORQUE – LOW SPEED Load Testing
Why Select Positorq Dynamometer Load Brake
- Quick Response
- Proportional Linear Torque Control
- Continuous High Torque at Low Speed
- High Static Torque
- No Chatter Down to 0 RPM
- Quiet—Less Than 20 dB
- Compact Size—Direct Axle Mount
- Air or Hydraulic Actuation
- Extremely Long Service Life
- Near Zero Hysteresis
- Torque up to 300,000 Lb. Ft.
- Dissipating up to 3000 HP
- Variety of Mounting Types
Where to Use Positorq Dynamometer Load Brakes
Contact our Dyno Engineers for a Recommendation
TB-20 Engine Starter Test Stand
- 4000 lb-ft. Brake
- 100 Thermal Horsepower
- 700 RPM
Used to test hydraulic starter motors for large hazardous duty engines.
Transmission Test Stand
- (2) 7,000 lb. ft. Brake
- 300 Thermal Horsepower 3300 RPM
Used to test rebuilt military transmissions.
Axle Test Stand
- TB-10 Positorq Brake
- 554 Lb. Ft. Torque, 100 RPM 10 THP
- TB-03 Positorq Brake
- 72 Lb. Ft. torque 3600 RPM, 5 THP
Used to test rebuilt military transmissions.
Large Truck Chassis Test Stand
- Two TB-85 Positorq Brakes
- 28,000 Lb. Ft Torque
- 600 Thermal Horsepower
- 1000 RPM
Medium Tractor Test Stand
- Two TB-83 Positorq Brakes
- 4,700 Lb. Ft. Torque
- 150Thermal Horsepower
- Smooth Down to 1 RPM
Types of Positorq Load Brakes
The Positorq Load Brakes come in many different shapes, sizes, and mountings. Some are foot mounted, some foot mounted in bearings using a torque arm to measure torque. Others may be shaft mounted, or flange mounted utilizing a torque arm. Fortunately there are many designs that may fit your application, or we will make a new design. Below are some of the current arrangements.
Positorq brake applications typically include two major components – the brake connected to the load and a Forced Lube Cooling Unit. The brake is a multiple disc hydroviscous brake featuring Oil Shear Technology developed and refined by Force Control Industries, Inc. starting in 1969. The multiple disc brake stack is actuated by applying a clamping pressure to the stack through a piston. The actuation medium can be pneumatic or hydraulic, hydraulic being more controllable with quicker response. Changing the actuation pressure changes the torque transmitted proportionally.
Because this is a compact design with low inertia rotating components there is little surface area to dissipate thermal energy from the continuous slip load. For that reason we utilize a separate free standing forced lube cooling unit to pump transmission fluid through the brake returning it to be cooled and filtered and returned to the brake.
There are many variations of forced lube cooling units however the basic requirements include the following:
Main Fluid Pump – typically a positive displacement screw pump. This provides positive fluid flow under all conditions, and operates quietly with maximum life expectancy. Small gear pumps are used on some of the smaller systems but can be noisy.
Heat Exchangers – are used to remove the heat from the fluid. Typically either oil-to-air or oil-to-water are utilized. Oil-to-water is most efficient however requires large quantities or water, or local cooling tower.
Oil-to-air is becoming most common today as it is environmentally friendly, requires no water or coolant additives, and is readily available. The downside is on particularly high thermal systems they can become quite large and noisy.
Filters – are used to clean the fluid of carbon particles produced by heating the fluid, and impurities getting into the system. Commonly used are screw on filters for quick change out and low cost. Strainers are also included in the tank to catch larger particles.
Pressure Switch – is used to monitor the fluid pressure going into the brake. It is typically wired to the prime mover to stop the operation with a loss of pressure meaning fluid is not flowing to the brake.
Over Temperature Switch – Usually wired into an alarm system or light to warn of fluid temperature exceeding operating levels.
Fluid Reservoir – is used to hold the transmission fluid long enough to settle any sediment, and allow aeration to dissipate.
Kidney Filtration System – This is an external filtering system that includes a small pump and motor continuously circulating a portion of the fluid through a filter system. This allows use of smaller filters on very large systems. In addition it is used for draining and re filling the reservoir were a complete fluid change needed. New fluid put into the reservoir if filtered assuring clean fluid in the brake system.
Actuation System – When hydraulic actuation is used for the brakes the actuation pump can be located on the reservoir of the forced lube cooling unit using the same fluid.
Multiple Brakes on One Cooling Unit – When operating more than one brake from a single reservoir it is critical that a separate cooling fluid pump system be used for each brake.
Internal fluid heaters – Sometimes it is necessary to heat the fluid before operating. The fluid should be near 100 degrees F for best operation.