Weatherproof Wheel Force Transducer

The WFT-Cx at a glance :

  • Acquires forces and torques in the X-, Y-, Z-directions on the rotating wheel
  • Data output referred to vehicle coordinate system with online display
  • Maximum immunity to interference and measurement accuracy through on-site digitization and online processing of raw data
  • UPS to prevent issues during engine cranking
  • Precise temperature compensation
  • Robust WFT sensor housing with long service life
  • Safety feature: breakage protection through interlocking mechanical structure
  • Versatile range of applications during winter tests, brake tests and much more

From compact cars to SUVs and light trucks

The CAEMAX 6-component Wheel Force Transducer WFT-Cx can be used on small cars with a rim diameter from 13 inches up to SUVs and small trucks with a hub diameter of up to 5.5 inches. In addition to its waterproof construction, it features shock resistance up to 100 g, thus allowing for the first time testing over “speed bumps”. The cooling-optimized design combined with excellent heat conduction from the aluminum WFT sensor housing avoids excessive heat input, even in the case of full braking. For example, over 20 braking tests (acceleration to 150 km/h followed by full braking) were carried out with the WFT: the temperature of the WFT sensor housing did not exceed the 50° C limit. The entire signal processing is designed for temperature between -40° C to + 105° C. All of this results in a much broader application spectrum, which now also includes braking, comfort and tire testing with using the same WFT configuration.

Acquire load collective data from prototypes

In the development of new vehicles, there are often no suitable load collective data for determining the real stress on the components during operation. These must be determined by means of test drives. The CAEMAX WFT can be used for wheel sizes from 13″ and is proven by its robust, waterproof design, even during multi-day testing. The measured values are precisely temperature-compensated by means of thermosensors distributed throughout the wheel.

Fatigue testing on the test stand

A WFT for component lifetime testing on the test stand must be durable. Especially for these applications, CAEMAX offers WFT sensor housings made of titanium or steel. If a rotating measurement is carried out on a chassis dyno or on a road test, the wired signal transmission to the control unit is simply replaced by a stator with telemetric transmission. Since all of the WFT sensor housing types have the same shadow mask, existing adapters can be used for all types.

Function trials during winter

Negative temperatures, melting water, ice and snow are a challenge for every measurement system. The CAEMAX WFTs have a wide temperature range: WFT-Cx -40° C … +105° C. In addition, their waterproof design allows test drives to be conducted in any weather condition – even on ice, snow or meltwater. Furthermore, thanks to its robust design and impact resistance of up to 100 g, testing over rough terrain is no longer an obstacle.

Suitable for many different vehicle types

With the CAEMAX adapter system, WFTs can be mounted with minimum effort on different vehicle types. The WFT sensor housing, telemetry module and adapter can be combined as desired. This covers a wide range of wheel sizes and vehicles. A quick system set-up and convenient software functions, such as zero calibration, allow the system to be test-ready within a very short time.

Mounting of the WFT
Easy mounting: wheel force transducer
  1. Hub adapter:
    The hub adapter connects the WFT to the vehicle. It can be used for different types of vehicles, as long as the bolt circle and the wheel offset are the same. With just a few hub adapters, an entire vehicle fleet can be covered.
  2. Rim adapter:
    As with a conventional rim, the rim adapter serves as a mount for the tire. The rim adapter is not directly specific to the vehicle, but depends on the tire. This allows it to be used on different vehicles with the same tire size.
  3. WFT sensor housing:
    The WFT sensor housing connects the hub adapter and the rim adapter to each other. These three components together form the vehicle-specific wheel. Since the calibration factors are permanently stored in the sensor, you can recombine adapters and sensor housings at any time without having to calibrate the wheel again. Thus, based on a modular design, a WFT-Cx Wheel Force Transducer can be adapted to the vehicle in a time-saving, space-saving and cost-effective manner.

Simple installation

The installation of a WFT-Cx is almost as easy as a wheel change – four WFTs can be mounted in one hour. Thanks to an uncomplicated system set-up and convenient software functions, such as the zero calibration, the system can be test-ready within a very short time.

Technical data

Material Aluminum Titanium Steel PH17-4
Measurement principle Temperature compensated strain gauge application
Measurement ranges: Forces Fx, Fz = ±45 kN Fx, Fz = ±60 kN Fx, Fz = ±60 kN
Fy = ±25 kN Fy = ±30 kN Fy = ±30 kN
Measurement ranges: Torques Mx, My, Mz ±8,75 kNm ±10 kNm ±10 kNm
Protection class IP66, IP67
Sampling rate per channel bis 5 kHz
Angular resolution with 5000 increments  0.072°
Accuracy <0.2% FS
Hysteresis <0.2% FS
Crosstalk <0.2% FS
Low pass filter 6-pol Butterworth filter (cut-off frequency 1200 Hz)
Weight w/o adapter <7.9 kg ca. 10.5 kg ca. 17.5 kg
Rim diameter min. 14″ (356 mm), 13″ on demand
Hub diameter with adapter max. 5.5″
Operating temperature  -40° C to +105° C
Mechanical load Stress analysis according to BMW QV 36026
Shock proof max. 100 g
RPM max. 2300 rpm (ca. 278 km/h)
Safety Mechanical breakage protection
Dimension: outer diameter (w/o adapter) 317.5 mm
Dimension: inner diameter (w/o adapter) 203 mm
Dimension: height 76 mm
Temperature drift 0.005% / °C
Mounting bolts 32
Adaption Customer-specific adaption for any vehicle possible

Accessories

Control Unit
The control unit takes over the online processing of the WFT data. A WFT telemetry interface (TTI) is standard for the connection of two WFTs. Expansion slots allow the installation of additional TTI modules and output options.
Telemetry unit for stationary applications
This telemetry unit is used to transmit measured data from a fixed 6-component WFT-Cx (for example, on a test stand) to an external connection unit.
Telemetry unit for rotating applications
This telemetry unit is used to transmit measured data from a rotating 6-component WFT-Cx to an external stator unit.
Carbon torque arm
The torque arm (stator holding device) is made from carbon and has three adjustable suction cups serving to lock the rotating telemetry unit.

Downloads

Name / Beschreibung Version Datum Größe
  Datenblatt CAEMAX Messrad WFT-Cx
Messrad WFT-Cx: Wir fahren bei jedem Wetter!
1.3 24. February 2017 1.4 MB
  Datenblatt CAEMAX Messrad WTT-Dx
Messrad WTT-Dx: kompaktes Drehmoment-Messrad
1.4 12. September 2016 0.4 MB
  Broschüre CAEMAX Messrad WFT-Cx
Wetterfeste Messräder für den Fahrversuch
2016-12-16 23. January 2017 5.3 MB
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