Bearing selection process
In addition to the bearing rating life, there are key factors you must consider when putting together the bearing specifications for an application, including:
lubricant and supply method
shaft and housing fits
bearing clearance class
cage material and guidance
mounting method and maintenance
|Performance and operating conditions|
|Bearing type and arrangement|
|Operating temperature and speed|
|Sealing, mounting and dismounting|
SKF application engineering service
The SKF application engineering service provides expertise to help and support you with your technical needs.
Drawing on a wealth of experience, and supported by a global network of experts in a wide range of industries, local SKF application engineers work with original equipment manufacturers and end users to help and support them with their challenges.
Following a step-by-step application analysis process, and using SKF online and proprietary calculation tools, SKF application engineers can evaluate correct bearing type and size, and other requirements such as lubrication, fits and sealing, in order to obtain the right application solution and achieve reliable rotating equipment performance. → Supporting calculation tools, below.
Contact the SKF application engineering service through your local SKF representative if you have any questions, or require any assistance, when using the bearing selection process guidelines or information in the product sections.
Supporting calculation tools
In the early stages of the application analysis and design process, bearing selection is initially made using various assumptions and, as the process progresses, additional input is included to fine tune results
The SKF online engineering tools (diagram 1) provide functionality to:
search for bearing data based on designation or dimensions
calculate many useful bearing and application related parameters, including bearing basic rating life, SKF rating life, minimum load limit, shaft/housing tolerances and fits, relubrication intervals
evaluate simple bearing arrangements
generate drawings of bearings and housings that can be used in most commercially available CAD programs
SKF SimPro Quick (diagram 1) is bearing simulation software that provides functionality to rapidly evaluate the design of bearing arrangements, and their field performance, based on relevant application requirements and conditions. In addition to the basic analysis provided by the online tools, it enables you to determine bearing load distribution and the effects of bearing stiffness and bearing clearance.
SKF SimPro Quick is intuitive, quick to learn, follows the SKF process for application analysis and bearing selection, and enables you to take greater advantage of SKF engineering know-how. It is fully compatible with the SKF SimPro platform, thus allowing you to easily exchange and discuss results with your SKF representative.
most of the needed modelling functionality for rotational analysis in general industry applications
extensive analysis options for system behavior, such as clearance effects, detailed rolling contact stress distribution
design of experiments (DOE)
SKF SimPro Expert has also the option to add advanced modules for further analysis, as for example impact of bearing performance with a flexible support.
For additional information regarding SKF SimPro Expert and how it could help you, contact your local SKF representative.
It is a multibody system with special focus on transient conditions and detailed geometry and contacts, thus enabling detailed analysis, for example, of bearing cage behavior and its wear mechanisms.
This enables the “testing” of new concepts and designs in a shorter time and with more information gained compared with traditional physical testing.
For additional information regarding SKF BEAST and how it could help you, contact your local SKF representative.
SKF is constantly developing its engineering software tools for SKF engineers and customers to support them in obtaining solutions that are technically, commercially and environmentally optimal.