White-Metal and Bridge Bearings

Industrial white-metal bearings are used in a myriad of machines. They are circular and allows a component, such as a gear, to rotate in its position. They are fabricated from white-metal alloys; these are typically tin, lead, copper, and antimony. Tin and lead are usually the bases for these compositions, depending on the application. Babbitt metal is a popular choice of alloy and is often called “bearing metal” because of it. It has a low melting point, which means that it can also be altered for use as solder.

White-metal bearings are durable and specifically designed for industrial machines such as large engines and their gearboxes. Lead-based alloys have a low cost and are used to manufacture general-purpose types for a broad spectrum of medium-duty applications. Tin-copper combinations are made to produce heavy-duty variants that can be used in marine engines. Tin-based alloys have a majority of tin in their composition and these alloys are typically used to create light- and medium-duty bearings for internal-combustion engines, for the most part.

Civil bearings are different from the regular circular ones found in machines. They are linear and usually substantially scaled up for their job. When a bridge is designed by a civil engineer, they take various parameters into account. Load capacity and angles determine how the bridge is designed for optimal stability. However, outdoor temperatures are always fluctuating and thermal expansion and shrinkage can cause irreparable damage to a structure and even lead to the structure’s complete failure. As a result, a solution has been created to address this problem, allowing such a structure’s components to move within predetermined limits.

Bridge bearings are installed between the pillars and the deck of a bridge, serving as a resting surface or contact patch between them. These components are extremely important to ensure that the bridge deck can expand and retract as the seasons change throughout the year. Therefore, the deck of the bridge is not rigidly secured to the pillars, allowing the deck to expand or retract without causing structural damage to the pillars. These components are part of almost every bridge in the world. Without them, bridge structures would suffer damage from the stresses imposed on them and eventually fail.

Technoslide is your first choice for white-metal and civil bearings. Our services include the repair and manufacture of the white-metal derivatives, as well as supplying a wide range of civil types for large structures. For more information on how we can cater to your business needs, please peruse our website for details. Trust us with your bearings.