Carlisle Brake & Friction is a worldwide company leader in designing and producing brake, clutch and transmission solutions.
R&D department needs to perform braking tests on the discs they produce. These tests have to :
Tests are executed with dynamometric benches inside test chambers that are closed due to the presence of coolant oil, therefore the use of infra-red cameras isn’t possible. For this reason, a way to monitor disc temperature circumferentially and along the thickness is required.
Having more than one braking bench in the laboratory imply having also a lightweight, robust and portable stationing.
The solution has to be easy and intuitive. Moreover, the application has to permit a quick sensor set-up and recovery of saved configurations to optimize time.
The solution consists of the insertion of various thermocouples into small gaps allocated circumferentially and along the thickness of the disc. The thermocouples are connected to a CompactDAQ, a National Instruments electronic equipment. CompactDAQ is a portable, rugged data acquisition platform that integrates connectivity and signal conditioning into modular I/O for directly interfacing to any sensor or signal.
The CompaqDAQ is connected to a laptop on which iDaq and its add-on 3D Sensor Mapping are installed. iDaq is a T4SM software which can automatically set up the acquisition system.
Thanks to its features and used in combination with CompactDAQ, iDaq is a great solution for technicians and researchers who want to maximize productivity without having to learn all the details about sensor configurations. 3D Sensor Mapping for iDaq is an easy and quick tool that allows to load and display a 3D CAD model and place sensors on the model itself. Real-time sensor values are directly mapped on the model so the object surface is colored according to the sensor values.
Thanks to iDaq features, 3D Sensor mapping receives data from different National Instruments acquisition boards, both local and remote. The application allows the exportation of the 3D mapped view in image format or the creation of a sequence of images acquired at a constant rate.
T4SM solution satisfies all the demands of Carlisle R&D department. The main benefits are in particular:
The service offered by T4SM is absolutely positive. Their greatest strengths are competence, flexibility and speed in providing a solution. The product provided fully satisfy our demand, the software is very user-friendly, complete and allowed us to have better knowledge of the phenomena involved during test.
Ing. Simone Bertoli - Application Engineer
Ing. Alessandro Gamba - R&D Manager
@Carlisle Brake & Friction