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27/09/10 7:49 PMBearing (mechanical) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaPage 1 of 8http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearing_(mechanical)
A cutaway example of a four-point contact ballbearing
Bearing (mechanical)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
is a device to allow constrained relativemotion between two or more parts, typically rotation orlinear movement. Bearings may be classified broadlyaccording to the motions they allow and according totheir principle of operation as well as by the directionsof applied loads they can handle.
1Overview2Principlesof operation3Motions4Friction5Loads6Speeds7Play8Stiff ness9Service Life10 Maintenance11 History12 Types13 See also14 References15 External links
Plain bearings use surfaces inrubbing contact, often with a lubricant such as oil or graphite. A plain bearing may or may not be a discrete device. It may be nothing more than the bearing surface of a hole with a shaftpassing through it, or of a planar surface that bears another (in these cases, not a discrete device); or it maybe a layer of bearing metal either fused to the substrate (semi-discrete) or in the form of a separable sleeve(discrete). With suitable lubrication, plain bearings often give entirely acceptable accuracy, life, and frictionat minimal cost. Therefore, they are very widely used.However, there are many applications where a more suitable bearing can improve efficiency, accuracy,service intervals, reliability, speed of operation, size, weight, and costs of purchasing and operatingmachinery.Thus, there are many types of bearings, with varying shape, material, lubrication, principal of operation,and so on. For example, rolling-element bearings use spheres or drums rolling between the parts to reduce
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Animation of ball bearing
friction; reduced friction allows tighter tolerances and thus higher precision than a plain bearing, andreduced wear extends the time over which the machine stays accurate. Plain bearings are commonly madeof varying types of metal or plastic depending on the load, how corrosive or dirty the environment is, andso on. In addition, bearing friction and life may be altered dramatically by the type and application of lubricants. For example, a lubricant may improve bearing friction and life, but for food processing abearing may be lubricated by an inferior food-safe lubricant to avoid food contamination; in other situationsa bearing may be run without lubricant because continuous lubrication is not feasible, and lubricants attractdirt that damages the bearings.
Principles of operation
There are at least six common principles of operation:plain bearing, also known by the specific styles: bushings, journal bearings, sleeve bearings, rifle bearingsrolling-element bearings such as ball bearings and rollerbearings jewel bearings, in which the load is carried by rolling theaxle slightly off-centerfluid bearings, in which the load is carried by a gas orliquidmagnetic bearings, in which the load is carried by amagnetic fieldflexure bearings, in which the motion is supported by aload element which bends.angular contact bearing
Common motions permitted by bearings are:Axial rotation e.g. shaft rotationLinear motion e.g. drawerspherical rotation e.g. ball and socket jointhinge motion e.g. door, elbow, knee
Reducing friction in bearings is often important for efficiency, to reduce wear and to facilitate extended useat high speeds and to avoid overheating and premature failure of the bearing. Essentially, a bearing canreduce friction by virtue of its shape, by its material, or by introducing and containing a fluid betweensurfaces or by separating the surfaces with an electromagnetic field.
By shape
, gains advantage usually by using spheres or rollers, or by forming flexure bearings.
By material
, exploits the nature of the bearing material used. (An example would be using plasticsthat have low surface friction.)
By fluid
, exploits the low viscosity of a layer of fluid, such as a lubricant or as a pressurized mediumto keep the two solid parts from touching, or by reducing the normal force between them.
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A block bearing with provisions forfixing it
By fields
, exploits electromagnetic fields, such as magnetic fields, to keep solid parts from touching.Combinations of these can even be employed within the same bearing. An example of this is where thecage is made of plastic, and it separates the rollers/balls, which reduce friction by their shape and finish.
Bearings vary greatly over the size and directions of forces that theycan support.Forces can be predominately radial, axial (thrust bearings) orBending moments perpendicular to the main axis.
Different bearing types have different operating speed limits. Speedis typically specified as maximum relative surface speeds, oftenspecified ft/s or m/s. Rotational bearings typically describeperformance in terms of the product
is the diameter(often in mm) of the bearing and
is the rotation rate in revolutionsper minute.Generally there is considerable speed range overlap between bearing types. Plain bearings typically handleonly lower speeds, rolling element bearings are faster, followed by fluid bearings and finally magneticbearings which are limited ultimately by centripetal force overcoming material strength.
Some applications apply bearing loads from varying directions and accept only limited play or "slop" as theapplied load changes. One source of motion is gaps or "play" in the bearing. For example, a 10 mm shaft ina 12 mm hole has 2 mm play.Allowable play varies greatly depending on the use. As example, a wheelbarrow wheel supports radial andaxial loads. Axial loads may be hundreds of newtons force left or right, and it is typically acceptable for thewheel to wobble by as much as 10 mm under the varying load. In contrast, a lathe may position a cuttingtool to ±0.02 mm using a ball lead screw held by rotating bearings. The bearings support axial loads of thousands of newtons in either direction, and must hold the ball lead screw to ±0.002 mm across that rangeof loads.
A second source of motion is elasticity in the bearing itself. For example, the balls in a ball bearing are likestiff rubber, and under load deform from round to a slightly flattened shape. The race is also elastic anddevelops a slight dent where the ball presses on it.The stiffness of a bearing is how the distance between the parts which are separated by the bearing varieswith applied load. With rolling element bearings this is due to the strain of the ball and race. With fluid

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