How Bearings Work

The fields of civil and mechanical engineering are at the forefront of many modern technologies. Their engineers are continually designing smarter and more efficient ways to build houses, operate heavy machinery, and commute. Although lots of the related aspects have changed and evolved over the course of the past few decades, bearings of all kinds are still used in the machine designs and civil building plans of today.

These machine parts might draw much attention to themselves but they are critical components that do a very important job. Bearings are components that allow for relative motion between two parts by limiting the motion to a single, controlled plane. For example, they can be used to accommodate linear movement between parts or to allow parts to rotate in a machine. The limitation of linear movement is typically important in civil-engineering structures, such as bridges and buildings. Where parts rotate, such as in a machine that uses gears, wheels, and other spinning parts, radial bearings are needed to allow for the relative movement between these parts.

The basic design of a simple ball-bearing assembly includes an inner and outer ring, normally made from a metallic alloy. These rings have small metallic balls between them to allow for movement between the sections. The inner ring is typically attached to a shaft and the outer one can rotate freely. The part that needs to rotate within a machine will be attached to such a bearing before it is fitted. This allows the part to be fastened in place while still being able to rotate. This concept stays the same for all types of parts that must rotate.

By allowing movement in a single plane, bearings assist in dealing with load and forces acting on the connected parts. Linear versions are often used in civil-engineering structures. The parts of these structures should usually be allowed to move in a linear plane. They are designed to accommodate the movement often experienced in such structures and to alleviate the stresses on the structural members. These stresses can cause a structure to fail if some movements within predefined limits are not allowed for in the design.

At Technoslide, we are experts in the design and manufacture of civil and white-metal bearings. Our solutions include part analysis, repair, and replacement of industrial-duty bearings as well. For more information on how we can meet your business’s bearing needs, please peruse our website for the relevant details. Choose us as your solution today and ensure that your machines run reliably all day long.