IN this fourth L. Ray Buckendale Lecture, the authors discuss the application of tapered roller bearings to heavy-duty axles, with emphasis on bearing selection, mounting, adjustment, and lubrication.
The lecture defines heavy-duty axles and their function, and the basic types of antifriction bearings. Tapered roller bearing design, nomenclature, and basic rating are discussed.
Numerous typical bearing applications in wheels and axle centers are covered. The calculations for selecting bearings for a typical heavy-duty front axle and a hypoid rear-axle center are shown in detail. The effect of bearing alignment and machining practice on bearing life is emphasized. Proper bearing fitting with recommended fits is also discussed.