Browse Publications Technical Papers 2009-36-0057

Dynamic Analysis of Ball Bearings 2009-36-0057

The development area of the bearing's industry constantly searches for a better efficiency and a lower film oil thickness in surfaces with high roughness under relative motion. In these cases, operational conditions like high loads and temperatures, as well as low safety margins for weight and size, considering the lubricant viscosity, should be taken into account as fundamental design parameters. In order to know better the elastohydrodinamic lubrication effect, firstly, it is necessary to understand deeply and accurately the applied loads on the ball element bearings. For this purpose, the accurate analysis and study of the performance of these machine components is carried out, using analytical methods and giving special focus on the velocities and accelerations involved, as well as different types of loads applied on the ball element and their distribution and consequences during the ball motion inside the bearing rings. In this paper a dynamic model of the ball bearing is developed and simulated to better understand the load distribution and as basis to the elastohydrodinamic lubrication behavior and its effect.


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