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AST Article on Radial Play Featured in Design World’s

Bearing Tips, a leading resource for comprehensive bearing news and tech tips created by Design World, has published a two-part article from AST Bearings highlighting the importance of radial play in ball bearings.

Radial play – the internal radial looseness in a bearing – is an important consideration for designers, engineers and bearing users. Selecting a radial play value is an important consideration, as it directly affects the contact angle and axial play of the bearing. Additionally, in operation it is an important factor that has a significant influence on other factors such as noise, vibration, heat, stress, deflection, load distribution and fatigue life.

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