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Educational Towing Carriages

Cussons has a whole new range of towing carriages aimed at University and Educational Institutes that do not have the room for the larger scale research grade facilities. This range of unmanned carriages, are light weight, highly rigid & robust platforms that allow a wide variety of equipment to be attached from them. The carriages are designed for towing tanks from 2 or 4 meters wide with a minimum length of 40m up to a maximum of approximately 60m. (Maximum rail length is 54m.) The carriages are designed to run at a maximum speed of 3m/s but can run up to 4 m/s depending on length of tank available. Normal Rate of Acceleration is 1m/s2. Normal braking is provided at 1m/s2 whilst the emergency braking system operates at up to 3m/s2. The carriages are driven through 1 phase AC Servo Motors with pinions driving through a rack mounted to the Surface of the rail. Power is provided to the electrical system from a conductor rail system that runs down the drive rail side of the tank and is mounted to the drive rail. The unmanned carriages are controlled and operated by a shore based Wireless supervisory control and data logging / acquisition system either designated the C20E-02 or C40E-02 depending on the carriage supplied. The C20E/C40E-02 is a PLC based control system which, in addition to the motor controllers, provides power to sensors, load cells and the electrical systems. The Shore based computer is used to record and manipulate the test data. The data is logged via the carriage based PLC, that in turn is downloaded to the shore based computer once the test run is completed and the carriage returns to the dock home position at the end of the tank. This data is then loaded in Excel. The educational range of towing carriage tanks are not like traditional towing tanks with a dock, as they optimise the length of the tank for running the carriage. Hence to allow the trimming and setting up of tests or trimming of the models we can provide a floating dock that can be installed under the carriage but is removed when testing in waves. Please see our Resistance & Stability Dynamometer, Propller Dynamometer and Additional Equipment pages for more information on our additonal products that are complimentary to our Educational Towing Carriage Range.

Educational Towing Carriages