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Ball Thrust Bearings

Ball Thrust BearingsA ball thrust bearing is a particular type of rotary ball bearing. Like other ball bearings, they permit rotation between parts, but they are designed to support a high axial load while doing this (parallel to the shaft). Higher speed applications require oil lubrication. Generally, they are composed of two washers (raceways) which may be grooved the rolling balls elements which are typically caged. As opposed to roller thrust bearings, ball thrust bearings can generally operate at higher speeds but at lower loads.

Some important factors when selecting thrust bearings from AST:

  • Thrust bearings must be kept in matched sets.
  • The bore (d dimensions) of one washer (smaller) in the set will conform to the specifications.
  • The bore (d dimension) of the mating washer will be ~ .007” larger because it is a clearance hole for the shaft.

AST provides thrust ball bearings in two series:

Miniature Thrust Bearings Start with 2.0 mm Bores

AST’s ball thrust bearings start with bore sizes as small as 2.0 mm but go on up to 340 mm interior diameters.  Meanwhile, the outer diameters start as small as 6.0 mm but currently go as large as 460 mm across.

If you need help in selecting the best products for your particular application, please remember that design engineering and application assistance are available from AST as part of our value-added services designed to make your job easier.

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