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ASM Handbook

Friction, Lubrication, and Wear Technology

Edited by
George E. Totten
George E. Totten
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ASM International
Volume
18
ISBN electronic:
978-1-62708-192-4
Publication date:
2017
Book Chapter

Friction and Wear of Rolling-Element Bearings[1]

By
Pierre DuPont
Pierre DuPont
Revising author
UMONS, Faculté Polytechnique de Mons
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Steven Lampman
Steven Lampman
Revising author
ASM International
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Published:
2017
Page range:
836 - 864
Publication history
November 21, 2017

Abstract

Rolling-element bearings, also called rolling bearings and antifriction bearings, tend to have very low friction characteristics compared to plain bearings or simple sliding bearings. This article discusses the types of rolling-element bearings, namely, ball bearings and roller bearings. It provides information on the bearing component materials. The article describes the lubrication requirements and lubrication methods, namely, elastohydrodynamic lubrication and grease lubrication. It reviews the adjustment factors influencing fatigue life of the bearing. The article also provides information on bearing load ratings, standard bearing geometries, rolling bearing friction factors, and wear and its control methods. It concludes with a discussion on damage modes of bearings.

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Pierre DuPont, Steven Lampman, 2017. "Friction and Wear of Rolling-Element Bearings", Friction, Lubrication, and Wear Technology, George E. Totten

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