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Performance and Use of Polymer Plan Bearings in Transmission Design Web Seminar RePlay PD331710ON


As part of a broad transmission design philosophy, the understanding and application of tribological systems is critical. The number of interacting surfaces within a modern automotive transmission continues to increase, while the demands on the system continue to press the limits of traditional technologies. The understanding of each surface interaction within the greater system becomes increasingly important as each component is asked to do more to benefit the overall system.

This short course will present the tribological performance of polymeric plain bearings as related to transmission applications. It will deal with the various wear and damage mechanisms that can occur with a polymer bearing in transmissions. The damage mechanisms discussed will include adhesion, abrasion, fatigue and erosion. A brief discussion of relevant lubrication states, boundary lubrication and fluid film formation, will also be included.

The course will also address specific mechanical design issues associated with using polymer plain bearings within the transmission.


By participating in this online course, you'll be able to:

  • Describe damage mechanisms of polymer plain bearings and washers in transmissions, including:
    • Adhesion and adhesive friction and wear
    • Abrasion and abrasive wear
    • Fatigue and fatigue wear
    • Cavitation erosion
  • Cite differences in lubrication states as they relate to the performance of polymer plain bearings and washers, including boundary and fluid film lubrication
  • Identify material solutions to overcome the variety of damage mechanisms
  • Discuss mechanical design issues
  • Describe the uses of plain bearing surfaces within the transmission and related componentry

Materials Provided

  • 90 days of online single-user access (from date of purchase) to the 50 minute, recorded presentation
  • Course workbook (downloadable, .pdf's)
  • Online learning assessment
  • Instructor follow up to your content questions 
  • 0.1 CEUs* (upon completion of all course modules and satisfactory assessment score)

*SAE International is authorized by IACET to offer CEUs for this course.

Is this Web Seminar RePlay for You?

This course will be especially valuable for engineers who design, calibrate and/or integrate any common style transmission into the following types of vehicles: passenger cars, light trucks, light duty off-highway vehicles, light duty farm machinery, and military vehicles.


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Email, or call 1-877-606-7323 (U.S. and Canada) or 724-776-4970 (outside US and Canada).

Related Topics
  • Wear or damage mechanisms
    • Adhesion and adhesive friction and wear
    • Abrasion and abrasive wear
    • Fatigue and fatigue wear
    • Cavitation erosion
  • Differences in lubrication states as they relate to the performance of polymer plain bearings and washers
    • Boundary lubrication
    • Fluid film lubrication
  • Materials solutions to overcome the variety of damage mechanisms discussed
  • Mechanical design issues
  • Applications review

  • Windows 7, 8 (Apple OSX and Unix/Linux are not supported but may work)
  • Pentium 4 PC
  • Minimum 512 MB RAM; recommended 1 GB RAM
  • Internet Explorer 10-11, Mozilla Firefox 37, Google Chrome 42 (Safari and Opera are not supported)
  • Broadband-1Mbps minimum

Joe J. Doe
Joe J. Doe
Michael Kim and Matthew Steiner

Michael Kim is Principal Engineer for Tribological Materials at GGB Bearing Technology. He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Drexel University and has spent 20+ years in the development, testing and application of tribological materials. That has included the development of numerous multi-layer and functionally gradient self-lubricating composite materials designed for use in aggressive bearing applications.

Matt Steiner is the Applications Engineering Leader for the Automotive Segment at GGB Bearing Technology. He holds a BSME from Kettering University and has spent 10+ years in component design and systems engineering. The applications engineering team at GGB is responsible for the implementation of tribological solutions within customer products and the identification of key market needs and technological opportunities.

0.1 CEUs

Access Period:90 Days

Duration: 1.5 Hours
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