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This article provides an overview of two major classes of bearings: rolling bearings and sliding, or plain, bearings. It reviews the experimental data resulted from testing of rolling and sliding bearing materials with illustration. The article presents a table that summarizes rolling contact fatigue test methods that ASTM published in STP 771. It also describes the role of lubrication in the bearings.

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Charles A. Moyer, Testing of Bearings, Mechanical Testing and Evaluation, Vol 8, ASM Handbook, Edited By Howard Kuhn, Dana Medlin, ASM International, 2000, p 853–860,

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