This SAE Aerospace Recommended Practice (ARP) establishes methods for testing airframe rolling element bearings. The purpose of ARP5483 and its associated slash sheets is to document test methods commonly used to evaluate airframe bearings. These test methods may be referenced in standards, purchase orders, etc. when the test is deemed appropriate to the intended use of the bearing by the end user of the bearing. These test methods are not intended to encompass every conceivable requirement for an airframe bearing. The end user of the bearing must exercise engineering judgment to determine the most appropriate standard and/or nonstandard tests for the application.
This test method outlines the recommended procedure for performing static radial limit and ultimate load tests on rolling element bearings used in airframe applications. Bearings covered by this document shall be antifriction ball bearings and spherical roller bearings in either annular or rod end configurations.