- Single instrument for Extreme Pressure (EP) and Wear Preventive (WP) tests.
- Built-in “Collet Master” attachment for sample loading.
- Optical microscope included for scar measurements.
- Computer controlled operation with software license included.
- Availability of a variety of options.
- Automated Loading Arrangement
- KRL Shear Stability Attachment
- Rolling Fatigue (IP 300) Attachment
- Ball on Three Disks Attachment
- High Temperature Ball Pot (ambient to 200 Deg C)
- Digital Image Acquisition System (in lieu of optical microscope)
Parameter Specifications Rotational Speed 3,000 rpm (Max). 10,000 rpm (Optional) Test Load up to 10,000 N Temperature ambient to 100 Deg C
- ASTM D2783
- ASTM D2596
- ASTM D2266
- ASTM D4172
- ASTM D5183
- CEC L-45-T-93 (optional)
- DIN 51350-6 (optional)
- IP 239
- IP 300 (optional)
The Four Ball Tester is an excellent development and quality check instrument for developers and users of lubricating oils and greases. The unique sample configuration of three stationary balls and one top ball makes a very stable and a repeatable contact in-turn, allowing test results to be very repeatable.
The Four Ball Tester can be used to determine Wear Preventive properties (WP), Extreme Pressure properties (EP) and friction behavior of lubricants (both oils and greases). The wide acceptance of four ball testing makes it an excellent choice to benchmark products. It is a good choice for R&D due to its relatively inexpensive samples and ability to measure quick and repeatable results.
A rotating steel ball is pressed against three steel balls firmly held together and immersed in lubricant under test. The test load, duration, temperature and rotational speed are set in accordance with standard test schedule. In Wear Preventive (WP) tests – also called Anti Wear (AW) tests – the average scar diameter on the bottom three balls is reported. The size of the scar shows the ability of the lubricant to prevent wear. A larger diameter indicates poor wear preventive property while a smaller indicates superior wear preventive property.
In Extreme Pressure (EP) tests the lubricant is subjected to load that is increased in specified steps after every run. This increase in loading is continued till a load is reached where the lubricant fails. The failure of lubricant is indicated by welding of the bottom three balls to the top ball. The load at which welding occurs is the index of extreme pressure property of the lubricant.