SKF Test Centre
for large bearing test stations

  • Client: SKF GmbH
  • Architect:
    TCHOBAN VOSS Architekten
  • Hall structure:
    prefab colums and trusses
  • Office tract structure:
    reinforced concrete skeleton 
  • Length: 80 m
  • Width: 40 m
  • Time: 2015 - 2017
  • Building costs (excl. test stations): c. 15 mill. EUR
  • Our scope:

    • structural engineering
    • planning of building pit

Where vibrating giants are tested.

The world’s most powerful test centre for large bearings was constructed in Schweinfurt. The test stations installed here eclipse all previously existing facilities in terms of dynamics, maximum power and bending moment as well as rotational speeds.

The complete structure comprises a pillar-free hall accommodating the test stations and an adjacent 2-storey office and technic tract. The two sections of the building are connected to each other in constructional and load-bearing terms. The structural planning is based on the winning design in a closed architectural competition.

A particular challenge for the planners was to ensure the prevention of vibrations in the structure from being set in motion by the test operations. To achieve this, appropriate constructional and vibrational measures were developed and implemented on the basis of complex vibration studies. Furthermore the hall’s load-bearing system had to be designed with fixed supports for a 100 tonne crane track in order to be able to install the test equipment.

The purpose of the test centre is to contribute to producing large roller bearings for all sectors of industry in a more cost-effective manner that saves resources while increasing the reliability and service life of such bearings.