Explanation of the Photos.
These are microscopic photographs of peeling damagegenerated on the surface of a ball/roller bearing. Peeling can occur when the surfaceroughness is high, or when the lubrication performance is poor. Peeling has a flat-col-ored appearance, and when observed under a microscope, shows minute flaking andcracks. The top photo shows an example of minute flaking interconnected with cracks.The photo in the middle shows an example of partial separation of the surface, occur-ring after a number of areas where minute flaking occurred have been connected. Thisis often seen when grease lubrication is used. The bottom photo shows an example inwhich a directionality is seen in the minute flaking. The example also shows cracks dueto slippage.