For engineers, when considering the type of ball bearing material to use for an upcoming job, there are a number of different materials available for the components of a ball or rolling bearing to investigate. With several basic choices available, ranging from ceramic to plastic to steel--not to mention the unique variations within each category that are exclusive to manufacturers--it becomes important to grasp the unique benefits and functions of each bearing material. Ultimately, the proper selection will foster the desired outcome; namely, optimizing bearing performance and operating life.
To better educate designers on the available choices and variations of ball bearing materials, and in order to help them make an informed decision on the best selection, AST Bearings engineers have developed a complete and comprehensive guide of the available ball bearing materials. This original technical article thoroughly examines the materials most commonly used and why.
To learn more about AST’s analysis into the most frequently utilized bearing material components, their distinct properties to consider when specifying a job, and why an in-depth understanding of their respective applications is grossly important to achieve enhanced bearing performance and life, click here.