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Rod end bearings

PTFE type Spherical Bearing

PTFE type Spherical Bearing

PTFE types are mainly targeted where slow fluctuation velocity applies. Under slow fluctuation velocity, PTFE abrasion determines the life of Spherical Bearings. PTFE Liner deformation also decides the performance ability under static load.

Definition of Load

Static Limit Load

This is the load, with which the permanent deformation does not exceed the value in Table 8 below.

Table 8 : Permanent deformation under static load

  Maximum value
Radial Static Limit Load 0.076mm
Axial Static Limit Load 0.127mm

Static Ultimate Load

The load 1.5 times the static limit load. It can be applied to Spherical Bearings without distracting them.

Oscillating Load

The test is conducted based on MIL-specification. After 25,000 cycles, the wear shall not exceed 0.152mm under this load. Figure 9 shows the association of surface pressure and life cycle of bearing from this test. Test conditions are ± 25° oscillation angle, 10cpm cycle, and constant load condition. Figure 9 shall be taken as a guideline, as the actual figure may be influenced by other factors such as temperature, load, velocity, oscillation angle, and so on.

Figure 9: PTFE Liner Allowable Stress

Calculation of load capacity

Radial projected area

The projected area is basically the same as of metal/metal types. The edge of PTFE Liner, however, shall be taken into consideration.

Allowable stress (σ)

Based on several examinations, the allowable stress is set as indicated in Table 9 below.

Table 9 : PTFE Liner Allowable Stress

Radial Static Limit Load 482N/mm2 { 49.2kgf/mm2 } 541N/mm2 { 55.2kgf/mm2 }
Axial Static Limit Load 309N/mm2 { 31.6kgf/mm2 } 309N/mm2 { 31.6kgf/mm2 }
Oscillation Load 220N/mm2 { 22.5kgf/mm2 } 275N/mm2 { 28.1kgf/mm2 }

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