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This rolling bearing calculation (Version 07/2020) calculates the load distribution, the reference life and the modified reference life according ISO/TS 16281 (DIN 26281) for the following types of bearings:

Deep groove radial ball bearings

Double row deep groove ball bearings

Axial deep groove ball bearings

Radial angular contact bearings

Axial angular contact bearings

Double row radial angular contact bearings

Double row axial angular contact bearings

Single row spherical ball bearings

Double row spherical ball bearings

Four-point ball bearings considered as radial bearings

Four-point ball bearings considered as axial bearings

Three-point bearings with split inner ring

Three-point bearings with split outer ring

Duplex ball bearings

Radial cylindrical roller bearings

Double row radial cylindrical roller bearings

Axial cylindrical roller bearings

Barrel roller bearings

Needle bearings

Tapered roller bearings

Double row tapered roller bearings

Axial tapered roller bearings

Radial spherical roller bearings

Axial spherical roller bearings

Cross roller bearings considered as radial bearings

Cross roller bearings considered as axial bearings

Angular roller bearings considered as radial bearings

Angular roller bearings considered as axial bearings

Additional bearing types will be added in the future.

The inner geometry of the bearings can be approximated by the software or provided by the user. The operating clearance can be specified. The influence of interference fits, temperature and centrifugal load on the clearance can be taken into account. Centrifugal loads and gyroscopic moments on the rolling elements can be considered for ball bearings only.

In extension of ISO/TS 16281 the influence of reduced material hardness can be considered according NREL guideline DG03. This includes a check of the case core interface.

The lubricant film thickness can be calculated by the software. This is done according to Harris: Rolling bearing elements.

The loading can be specified as force/moment or displacement/rotation independently for each of the five degrees of freedom. Bearing sets can be defined by using a configuration with multiple rows. This can be used for spindles or multiple row cylindrical roller bearings.

The following results can be found in the report:

Reference life according ISO/TS 16281

Modified reference life according ISO/TS 16281

Basis life and modified life according ISO 281 for comparison

Load distribution between rolling elements

Reaction forces/moments and displacements/rotations

Contact pressure for each contact

Required shoulder height for contact ellipsis in ball bearings

Static safety factor

Maximum subsurface shear stress and stress at case core interface

Load dependent friction torque for ball bearings based on coulomb friction

Change to clearance because of interference fit and temperature

Wear parameters like PV and QV for ball bearings

In addition to the report, the results are shown in several graphics. Report and user interface are both available in metric or US customary units. Supported languages for user interface and report are English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese and Korean.

Parameter variations can be made using ranges for several parameters. The results of parameter variations are given as tables or graphics. Proposals are provided for several inputs and conversions like axial clearance in radial clearance are possible.

Elastic deformations of the outer ring can be considered with an extension of the base software. The loading can be specified on several points in radial, axial or tangential direction and the life and load distribution are calculated with a deformed outer ring. The main use of this feature is for track rollers but also deformations in a planetary gear as outer ring can be considered. The elastic outer ring can be considered with following bearing types: Deep groove ball bearing, radial angular contact bearing, four-point ball bearing, radial cylindrical roller bearings and double row tapered roller bearings. Multi row bearings can be considered using bearing configurations.