The experts at Smithers can execute crush and compression testing on a variety of large wheels, tires, and other components.
Our tire testing laboratory in Ravenna, Ohio is equipped with a large-frame vertical load testing machine. Our experts can use this equipment to conduct crush testing for large wheels and tires, measure Kx, Ky, and Kz stiffnesses for modeling, and assess ultimate strength and residual elastic type deformation in a variety of tires, wheels, aircraft parts, and other large components. The machine can also be used to compare materials and even gather some crash test data.
The machine can accommodate products up to twelve feet tall and thirty-nine inches wide. Other machine specifications include:
  • 200,000 pounds of vertical force load
  • 25 pounds of Kx / Ky side force
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