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Friction, Lubrication, and Wear Technology

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Lubricants for Rolling-Element Bearings[1]

Piet M. Lugt
Piet M. Lugt
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SKF Research & Technology Development and University of Twente
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162 - 168
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November 21, 2017


This article discusses the functions of lubricants to prevent premature failure of rolling element bearings and the advantages of fluid lubrication. It describes the composition of refined mineral oil for rolling bearing applications. The article reviews the types and properties of nonpetroleum oils, such as polyglycols, phosphate esters, silicone fluids, dibasic acid esters, and fluorinated polyethers. It discusses the properties of greases, including grease speed limits, grease composition, relubrication intervals, corrosion prevention behavior, and grease compatibility. The article concludes with a discussion on polymeric lubricants and solid lubricants.

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Piet M. Lugt, 2017. "Lubricants for Rolling-Element Bearings", Friction, Lubrication, and Wear Technology, George E. Totten

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