As one of the micro motions of slipper in axial piston pumps, the slipper spinning motion has a significant effect on the lubrication characteristics of slipper/swash plate interface. However, no experimental investigations on the slipper spin were available in previous studies. The aim of this work is to design a novel test rig to measure the slipper spinning speed. A detailed description of this test rig will be given followed by a sample result of the slipper spinning motion. Also, a simulation model considering the slipper spin will be developed to investigate the effects of the spinning motion on the slipper performance. It can be concluded that the slipper spinning motion does exist during pump operation, which is helpful to prevent the slipper from further tilting motion.

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