The Importance of Spinning Friction in Thrust-Carrying Ball Bearings

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G. S. Reichenbach

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.

J. Basic Eng 82(2), 295-300 (Jun 01, 1960) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3662578 History: Received August 03, 1959; Online November 04, 2011


Experimental work was done rolling balls on flat plates and in V-grooves at loads and contact angles corresponding to usual thrust-bearing practice. It is shown that the spinning action of the ball with respect to the race should account for the major part of the over-all friction of a thrust-carrying ball bearing. Variables studied included contact angle, conformity, load, lubricant, and temperature. The results have been correlated and shown to follow theoretical predictions.

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