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Angular contact thrust ball bearings

The SKF angular contact thrust ball bearings shown here were originally designed to support the rotary tables of drilling rigs but are also suitable for other applications where high load carrying capacity, high axial stiffness and low friction torque are important. In contrast to conventional thrust ball bearings, angular contact thrust ball bearings can accommodate radial loads in addition to axial loads and are able to operate at high speeds.

Single direction angular contact thrust ball bearings

Single direction angular contact ball bearings (fig 1) are able to take up axial loads acting in one direction. They are of separable design, i.e. the washers and ball and cage assembly can be mounted individually. In the main application area for these bearings – rotary tables – two bearings are always adjusted against each other. The second bearing has to carry the weight of the drill when it is stationary and has a higher load load carrying capacity than the first bearing.

Double direction angular contact thrust ball bearings

In bearings of the double direction design (fig 2), the upper bearing with the higher load carrying capacity and the smaller bearing which locates in the opposite direction are combined together to form a unit. These bearings have low height and can accommodate axial loads acting in both directions as well as moment loads. A single bearing can therefore be used to support rotating machine components in relation to stationary components. These double direction bearings are also of separable design.

Other angular contact thrust ball bearings

In addition to the angular contact thrust ball bearings described here, SKF also manufactures single direction bearings – screw support bearings (fig 3) – and double direction precision bearings for the work spindles of machine tools (fig 4 and fig 5). These machine tool bearings are available with a contact angle of 60° for high stiffness, or where high speed capability is required, with a contact angle of 40° or 30°. Information about these precision bearings will be supplied on request.

DimensionsThe dimensions of these bearings have been dictated by their main application (drilling rig rotary tables) and have not been standardized.

  • Single direction
  • Double direction

Tolerances

The angular contact thrust ball bearings listed in the product tables are produced to the tolerances shown in table 1. The symbols are explained in the following:

dnominal bore diameter
?dmpdeviation of the mean bore diameter from the nominal
Dnominal outside diameter
?Dmpdeviation of mean outside diameter from the nominal
Ttotal height
?Tsdeviation of single height from nominal height of single direction bearing

The deviation of the height H of the double direction angular contact thrust ball bearings from the nominal is a uniform 0/+2,3 mm.

MisalignmentAngular contact thrust ball bearings cannot tolerate any misalignment of the shaft with respect to the housing or any angular misalignment of the support surfaces on the shaft and in the housing.

CagesSKF angular contact thrust ball bearings are produced either with a full complement of balls (without cage) or are fitted with machined brass cages (fig 6) which are centred on the shaft washer or the housing washer.

Minimum loadWhen angular contact thrust ball bearings operate at high speeds, the centrifugal forces and gyratory moments acting on the balls may cause them to slide on the raceways. To prevent the damaging consequences of this, for example smearing, the bearing must always be subjected to a given axial load.

The requisite minimum axial load to be applied to single direction angular contact thrust ball bearings can be obtained from

where

Fam = minimum axial load [kN]

A = minimum load factor (see product data)

n = rotational speed [r/min]

When starting up at low temperatures or when the lubricant is highly viscous, even greater loads may be required. The weights of the components supported by the bearing, together with the external forces, generally exceed the requisite minimum load. The double direction angular contact ball bearings are preloaded by adjusting the two shaft washers against each other.

Equivalent dynamic bearing load

For single direction angular contact thrust ball bearings

P = Fa when Fa/Fr = e

P = Fa + XFr when Fa/Fr > e

The values of factors e and X will be found in the product tables.

Equivalent static bearing load

For single direction angular contact thrust ball bearings

P0 = Fa + X0Fr

The values of factor X0 will be found in the product tables.


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