Measurements of thrust bearing friction torque are difficult because of the small values of the friction force in comparison with the axial load. Another problem of a thrust bearing test rig design is the necessity of accommodation of the axial load so that it does not interact with the frictional forces. Separation of fluid drag in the housing from torque in the bearing itself is also important. An analysis of a design in which the above-mentioned problems have been solved is presented. Theoretical analysis and calibration of the torque meter proved that the effect of axial load was successfully compensated for. Example of the results obtained due to the torque meter illustrate the application of the new design.

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