New: RoaDyn S6GT by Kistler – flexible and reliable wheel load measurements for ultra-heavy commercial vehicles and off-highway machines

Winterthur, September 2018 - The Kistler Group is adding another variant to what is already the world's most comprehensive portfolio of wheel force measurement systems: the new RoaDyn S6GT 6-component wheel force measurement system. Available as of now, this high-precision wheel force transducer with an extended measurement range can be individually configured for ultra-heavy commercial vehicles and off-highway machines. Kistler's new wheel force transducer will be premiered between 25 and 27 September 2018 at the Automotive Testing Expo (ATE) in Shanghai, China (stand 9018 in hall 3).

For over 25 years now, Kistler has been setting standards with its wheel force measurement systems. RoaDyn wheel force transducers by Kistler are used in research and development work on chassis and chassis components, for load spectra measurements and physical simulations on axle test stands. Ultra-heavy commercial vehicles and off-highway machines have to meet demanding requirements during operation. Now, the new RoaDyn S6GT 6-component wheel force measurement system implements a series of unique performance features so that load spectra can also be captured for vehicles in these classes.

Modular structure for maximum flexibility

In the words of Helmut Mayer, Durability Business Driver at Kistler: "Thanks to the modular structure of the individual load cells, these wheel force sensors can be set up for virtually any vehicle – even in cases where integrated ring-style sensors lack the necessary geometric flexibility."

Unlike passenger vehicles, ultra-heavy commercial vehicles and off-highway machines such as those used in forestry, agriculture and the construction industry do not have standardized wheel and hub designs. High static loads, oversized rims and relatively little clearance available to install measuring systems between wheel hub and rims: all these factors called for further advances in the development of existing wheel force transducers.

Because of its modular structure, the RoadDyn S6GT wheel force transducer can be adapted to every rim size, in line with customers' specific requirements: this applies not only to the diameter of the 6-component wheel force sensor, but also to the capacity or number of load cells to be deployed. The six 3-component load cells and the mechanical structure have been reinforced so that measuring ranges of up to +/- 330 kN can now be implemented.

Protected telemetry and wheel electronics for reliable signal transmission without interference

Additional features in the RoaDyn S6GT ensure reliable, interference-free signal transmission: the system's telemetry unit for contactless signal transmission can also be mounted on the inside of the rim. This provides protection against potential damage by obstacles that are typically present in relevant work environments, such as tree branches, debris or boulders. Positioning the telemetry unit in this way eliminates the need to install extra components such as slip rings or anti-rotate devices which usually play key parts in signal transmission, but are highly vulnerable to damage. Instead, an additional wheel cover can be fitted to protect the measuring elements and electronic components.

High-precision measurement results thanks to Kistler's unique hexapod calibration system

Kistler's hexapod calibration system – ensuring traceability to national standards – is specifically designed for the real application load when a wheel force transducer is used. Just as in real operation, the force is applied continuously over the entire circumference of the wheel force transducer, using the push-pull method (i.e. from –FS to +FS). The hexapod principle also delivers another benefit: free forces and torques can be introduced to determine a 6 x 6 compensation matrix that is applied to provide maximum compensation for crosstalk. Kistler's wheel force transducers deliver measurement data with precision that is currently unparalleled anywhere in the world.

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