Improvement of Aluminum-Lead Bearings by New Manufacturing Method 900123
A sintered aluminum-lead alloy of the bimetal type was manufactured in Japan (1977), and has been widely used in main and crankpin bearings for automobile engines. However, the recent trend of automobile engines toward high power output, light-weight and compact construction increases the bearing load. As a result, the margin of fatigue strength of the conventional sintered aluminum-lead alloy has been diminishing.
In this paper, a new method of manufacturing bearing material by the hot extrusion process is reported. The new method makes it possible to produce the optimum lead grain distribution and strong adhesion between powder particles. The new manufacturing method produces the aluminum-lead bearing material which has 30% or more increase in fatigue strength over the conventional sintered aluminum-lead bearing material.