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T4000/T5000/T5500 Series Electrodynamic Shaker Systems

The T4000/T5000/T5500 Series of Vibration Test Systems provide extreme test level requirements. These systems are used in a variety of industries requiring high force output, including satellite, communication, and space launch vibration and PYRO shock applications. T5000
  • 28,000 lbs - 55,000 lbs
  • (124 kN - 244 kN) Sine Force
  • 30,000 lbs - 55,000 lbs
  • (133 kN - 244 kN) Random Force
  • EXTREME Performance
  • Sine - 100 g with 150 lb load
  • Shock - 100 g with 600 lb load
  • Induct-A-Ring (IAR) Armature
  • Armature Weight with Inserts 250, 375 or 385 lbs (114, 170 or 174 kg)
  • High Armature Resonance
  • Combined Environment Support
  • 25.25 inch (641 mm) Diameter Armature
  • 2 inch (51 mm) Stroke, 3 inch (76 mm) optional (standard on T5500)
  • Multiple Base Configurations
  • Pedestal Base (PB)
  • Slip Table Assembly (CSTA)
  • Modular, High Efficiency Class D Power Amplifier
  • APEX SL Control Systems
  • SA-Command Link - APEX SL/Amplifier Remote Interface

Induct-A-Ring (IAR)

The Induct-A-Ring (IAR) armature technology is used in the T4000/T5000/T5500 series shaker systems. The unique solid metal armature provides electrical simplicity and mechanical durability benefits (not available with traditional armature designs) that together make the T4000/5000/5500 Series Systems the most reliable, high performance shaker systems in the world.

Induct-A-Ring Features T4000
  • Solid Aluminum Armature Coil (No Multiple Windings)
  • Low Weight (250 - 385 lbs) and Superior Strength
  • All Points at Ground Potential
  • No Electrical Current Connections
  • No Cooling Water Connections
  • 45 Stainless Steel Replaceable Inserts
  • Full Rated Performance to 2,000 Hz
  • 2 Inch pk-pk Displacement Standard, 3 inch Optional
  • Rated Acceleration 160g Sine / To 320g Shock

High Reliability

Induct-A-Ring technology has substantially improved shaker armature reliability by combining mechanical durability and electrical simplicity. Most conventional armatures utilize a complicated armature construction of electrical windings, epoxy bonded joints, high amperage flexures (to deliver input power to the coil), and high pressure hoses (to bring cooling water in and out of the coil). Each of these components is subjected to the same vibration and/or shock levels applied to the test specimen. Repeated high level operation often leads to fatigue failures, water leaks, cracked epoxy joints, burned out windings, or voltage breakdown in the coil.

Simplified Cross SectionBy comparison, the INDUCT-A RING armature is a simple two-piece metal structure. No electrical current leads or water cooling connections are needed. There are no electrical windings. All points on the armature are at ground potential at all times. There is no possibility of voltage breakdown. No electrical insulation is utilized anywhere in the armature assembly because there is zero voltage potential between any two points on the ring, and between the ring and ground.

Consider an armature consisting of two rigid members bolted together versus a structure made up of an assortment of electrical windings clamps, flexing leads, and hoses. Which design would you expect to deliver 142 g sine operation and 285 g shock pulses without sacrificing armature reliability? The answer is Induct-A-Ring.

Innovative Design

Armature Ring DiagramThe Induct-A-Ring is Unholtz-Dickie’s trade name for a revolutionary armature design. This design uses the principle of transformer coupling to transfer energy from stationary AC driver coils (stators coils) to the actual moving element (see diagram at right). Electrically, the configuration is a transformer with a single turn secondary. The primary in this “transformer” is a pair of stator coils rigidly mounted to the shaker iron structure. The single turn secondary is the armature ring suspended in the annular air gap between the two stator coils.

Through transformer coupling, AC currents flow in the single turn secondary. Field coils in the shaker generate a concentrated DC magnetic field in the air gap where the armature is suspended. The current in the armature ring reacts with the magnetic field generating a force on the moving element. This interaction generates AC forces on the Induct-A-Ring, thus causing motion of the armature.


The T4000/T5000/T5500 Series was designed to operate over a wide force range covering moderate to extreme test conditions and accommodating small to large test payloads. Internal pneumatic load support permits automatic armature re-centering for full stroke capability with payloads up to 3,000 lbs (1,356 kg). External load support can augment this capability for very large test packages. The T4000/T5000/T5500 Series is used in many demanding applications for the Automotive, Commercial, Industrial and Military sectors.

Power Amplifiers

T4000/T5000/T5500 Series systems utilize high efficiency "SAI Series" Class D power amplifiers. These amplifiers are built as complete power centers including EMI shielded console, 3 phase line filtering, full featured control panel, integrated safety interlocks, DC field supply and interconnect cabling with military grade connectors. The amplifiers are completely air-cooled and modular in design, configured from 120 up to 480 KVA. The compact design accommodates up to 120 KVA output in a single bay console. For installations combined with environmental temperature chambers, a remote interface allows automatic system startup from a single contact closure. All SAI Series amplifiers are direct-coupled to the shaker and require no transformer tap re-connections or special switching circuits to achieve full rated system performance. SAI Series amplifiers are also often supplied as replacements for older style or less efficient amplifiers.
  • Air Cooled, Modular 120-480 KVA
  • Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) and IGBT Technology
  • Automatic Sensing of Sine or Random Drive Inputs
  • Fast Acting Shutdown Circuitry
  • >90 % Efficiency
  • Adjustable Limits
  • EMI Shielded Consoles
  • Input AC Power Line Filtering
  • Expandable Output Ratings
  • Full Interlock Status for Amplifier, Shaker and Cooling Package

T4000 with Satelite