How Do Self Lubricated Bearings Work?


23 Jun

Ceramet produces G-METAL, a unique, self lubricating material for wear surfaces. The inner surface of the porous member 1 and the peripheral surface of the shaft 2 are not in contact with each other but have a clearance 5 therefrom. Structures 113 serve to maintain load bearing layer 114 in place to help prevent it from sliding along the surface of substrate 112 during bearing operation. A running-in” surface is also usually included at the top of the sliding layer to provide low friction bearing performance at start up before the impregnated lubricant reaches the bearing surface. Plant personnel install the self-lubricating bearings in the runner hub outer bearing of one of the units at Jupia. A further objective of the present invention is provide a manufacturing process for making self-lubricating bearings further comprising a shaking step in which the molding mold is placed in a vibrator and shaken for an appropriate period of time, such that the multiple of spherical alloy particles can intimately contact. LUBRON AQ bearings are available in many different configurations depending on the application, direction of load, and type of movement. The shaping step C is to place the multiple of hollow cylindrical sintered bodies obtained from the previous step into the cavity of a steel extruding mold and extruded therein to shape the sintered bodies into semi-finished bearings with satisfactory roundness, surface roughness, and concentricity. Further, high temperature resulted from friction sometimes renders the lubricating oil degraded, causing carbonization and carbon clogging. Unlike most other self-lubricating bearings, LUBRON AQ bearings can be machined after assembly to control running clearance or correct minor misalignment. While many factors affect bearing design, the following data is applicable for most LUBRON AQ bearings. Manufacturer of oilless or self-lubricating bearings including bronze bearings for pipeline, bridge, building & industrial applications. Oil impregnated bronze: Bronze bearings are very porous and have lightweight oil soaked into the material. The beneficial effects of the utility model are: the metal material, such as tin bronze, high strong brass, or cast iron, is adopted as a matrix, the solid lubricant is inlayed according to different motion modes, the oil-free self-lubricating bearing can work in the presence of oil-free or water lubricating conditions long time, and the limitation that the general bearing is lubricated by the oil film is broken. Substrate 112 may be fabricated from various metals, including steel or aluminum, as well as additional materials such as stainless steel, conventional drawing quality sheet steel, brass or other alloys, or from plastics, ceramics or composites utilizing glass or carbon fibers. The bearing surface means has a bearing clearance from the shaft therein, and the clearance between the shaft and the inside surface of the porous member is larger than the bearing clearance between the shaft and the co-operating surface of the bearing surface means whereby lubricant in the porous member flows by capillary action out of the clearance between the porous member and the shaft into the bearing clearance between the shaft and the bearing surface means. Super Oilite® is an iron copper material suited to high static loads and slow oscillatory motion. A further objective of the present invention is to provide a manufacturing process for making self-lubricating bearings, wherein the shaping step takes place synchronously with extruding process, and at least two vertical oil channels are formed on the circumference of the semi-finished bearing during the shaping step. This lubricant can either be liquid (oil) or solid (graphite, MoS2, lead) based on the requirements of the application (such as operating temperature). 1. A self-lubricating bearing, which is a hollow cylindrical body with an axial hole in its center, exhibiting a structure formed by sintering a multiple of spherical alloys particles with a multiple of pores among them to receive lubricating oil. 34 Q. Wei, B.Y. Zhou, S.K. Chen: The Friction of Gradient Self-lubricating Bearing Materials Vol. 4. A bearing as set forth in claim 3 wherein said starting material of the sintered member comprises spheroidal particles. Finally, although PTFE may be made electrically conductive, the hot melt film used to bond the bearing layer to the metal backing is electrically insulative. For more information on our sintered self-lubricating bearings, and all our other types of bearings, take the time to get in touch with us at Technoslide. An amazing example of the versatility of self-lubricating bearings in the aerospace industry is the use of DU® anti friction bearings in NASA's Curiosity rover , which has been exploring the red planet since 2012.


EP 0 183 375 A2 describes a bearing, in particular for shock absorbers, whose sliding layer consists of PTFE with a fluoride of low water solubility to improve the cavitation resistance. Custom manufacturer of bearings and other parts, which are manufactured from self-lubricating composite materials. It is fully compacted, unlike oil-impregnated porous bronze materials that are weak by comparison. These simple sleeve type bearings are a cheap, quiet alternative to more expensive (and bulky, maintenance prone) linear bearings and also won't score unhardened shafts like ball bearings will. The invention also provides a disc record player including such a bearing for supporting the record player turntable shaft which is adapted to be driven in rotation by a drive motor. In the illustrated arrangement therefore, the lubricant is of such a viscosity that it can pass out of the clearance 5 between the porous member 1 and the shaft 2 into the bearing clearance 6 between the sliding surface of the member 3 and the shaft 2, as a result of capillary action. The raised structures thus may act as boundaries surrounding and retaining discrete pockets of self-lubricating material locally available for lubrication but unable to escape therefrom during bearing operation. Bearing pads are inert interfaces between disparate construction materials such as steel and concrete, and is able to resist weather related degradation. As a solid lubricant Among others, metal oxides and metal fluorides are mentioned, only lead or lead oxide being discussed as an example. As the bearing enters its operational life, microscopic quantities of the slippery liquid are dynamically transferred to the moving parts until that uniform oil membrane covers every moving surface. Copper-based powders are used to make self-lubricating bearings, the application of which in the PM industry dates back to the 1920s and still accounts for the major portion of PM copper and copper alloy applications. Self-lubricating, Drymet multi-layered bearings. These and other objects are achieved according to the invention by a self-lubricating plain bearing assembly comprising a body portion having therein a bore for receiving a portion of a shaft. The oil contained in the porosity provides a constant lubrication between bearing and shaft, so the system does not need any additional external lubricant. A clearance of 1.5-2.5 ‰ of the bearing's inner dimension is recommended for oil lubricated bearings. Deva.glide® is a self-lubricating bearing material that consists of a high-quality bearing bronze with pockets filled with solid lubricant and a thin film of solid lubricant over the bearing surface to aid the running-in process. Immerged or not, Thordon materials have proven their qualities for waterways applications: greasing removal, lifetime increasing, dimensional stability. LUBRON AQ bearings are most often press fit into their housings. Oil-impregnated, sintered bronze bearings rely on a capillary action to create a lubricating oil film. The bearing structure is characterized by a permanently magnetized retainer formed of a porous material and filled with an interstitial magnetic lubricant, whereby the pores serve as lubricant reservoirs from which the lubricant continuously is delivered to a film disposed between contiguous bearing surfaces. Bearing 10 is adapted to support a shaft 15 which is weighted to apply a load in the direction indicated by arrow 16. In response to this loading, the load bearing layer tends to creep or become displaced in the direction indicated by arrows 18 and 20 ("radial creep") as well as in the axial direction ("axial creep", not shown) wherein the shaft effectively "beds in" to bearing 10. Disadvantageously, this action generates a loss of center alignment of shaft 16 as shown at 22. Our bearings feature a low coefficient of friction, which means that structures and equipment operate as intended with no unanticipated stress. ISO 9001:2015 certified manufacturer of self-lubricating rod end bearings. This object is achieved with a self-lubricating layer material according to claim 1. The subject of the plain bearing is claim 13. Advantageous refinements are the subject of the dependent claims. All of these bearings are mostly used in areas where the use of lubricants is not possible or undesirable. Self-lubricating bearings are modern devices, which are created to cater to the growing need for energy efficiency and functionality of various equipment used in manufacturing processes. The global self-lubricating bearings market is expected to grow significantly during the forecast period, posting a CAGR of more than 9%. This growth is attributed to factors such as global economic growth, increased manufacturing and construction activities, rising energy demand, and income levels.


Oilite bearings continue to set the standard for all other self-lubricating bearings and Bowman International is proud to be the sole supplier of genuine Oilite bearings in the UK and Europe in partnership with Beemer Precision Inc. Motion system designers are increasingly outfitting round and profile rails with self-lubricating bearings that can significantly, reduce cost of ownership, improve performance and deliver virtually maintenance-free operation. The primary objective of the present invention is to provide a self-lubricating bearing, which is a hollow cylindrical body with an axial hole in its center, exhibiting a structure formed by sintering a multiple of spherical alloys particles with a multiple of pores among them to receive lubricating oil. Replacement of the bearings, shafts, and even motors and other parts can be very costly. LUBRON AQ bearings provide proven performance for demanding underwater applications. Self-lubricating bearings save time and money on preventative maintenance, and require no hazardous waste from the lubricant, disposal, or cleanup to handle. Standard Oilite oil retaining tin bronze is the generally specified material. Solid polymer bearings are also impervious to corrosion and have a high load capacity. The dry-running nature of these bearings means dirt particles do not stick to the surface, but instead deflect off it. For this reason, optimal performance can be maintained even in extremely dirty environments. These bearings may also be used in lighter duty applications such as multiple bar linkages commonly utilized in the automotive industry for trunk deck lid and hood hinges. 13 J.S. Han, J.B. Wang, S.W. Zhang: The Friction of Self-lubricant Fe-Mo-CaF2 at High Temperature Vol. A further object of the invention is a self-lubricating plain bearing which, while providing smooth running due to satisfactory lubrication, comprises components which require only comparatively simple operations for manufacture thereof. This transfer process creates a film that provides lubrication and reduces friction over the length of the rail or shaft. 17. Plain bearing according to one of claims 15 or 16, characterized in that the sintered bronze has 5-15% tin. Tremendous progression in the bearing lubrication technology has led to the growth of self-lubricating plain bearings that are lightweight and incur low maintenance cost, enabling end-users to optimize the productivity of various bearing-based applications competently and cost-effectively. LUBRON AQ lubricants consist of PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) and epoxy resins, hardeners, metallic and fibrous fillers, specially compounded to achieve optimum bearing performance. Application of the load bearing layer may be performed either before or after flanging one or both ends thereof. Therefore, anything affecting surface temperature - coefficient of friction, running clearance, hardness and SAE 794 Bimetallic Bushing manufacturer surface finish of the mating material - will also affect the PV limit. The mean size of the pores in the porous member may be larger than the clearance between the shaft and the porous member, while the capillary flow suction action applied to the lubricant to cause it to flow into said bearing clearance is adapted to the relationship S12 >S13 >S3, wherein S12 is the suction capability of the bearing clearance between the shaft and the bearing surface means, S13 is the suction capability of said clearance between the shaft and the porous member, and S3 is the suction capability of the porous member. The bronze-lubricant inner structure supplies a permanent reservoir of lubricant for continuous restoration of the low friction bearing surface. The "NU" self-lubricating bearings are used where excessive friction is a concern. Self-aligning spherical bearings are designed to accommodate radial loads and some misalignment. We currently stock many powder metal bearings manufactured for customer release schedules including JIT and blanket orders. An additional drawback of this concentration gradient is that any operation that removes material from the bearing layer, such as the common practices of boring, broaching or burnishing the bearings to size after installation, generally cannot be accomplished without a reduction in bearing performance. Extremely precise applications—plastic bearings have a higher running clearance than ball bearings, sometimes 0.025 mm to 0.055 mm, and, therefore, are not ideal for applications needing extreme precision. Simply put, the porous material used to manufacture these bearings is impregnated with lubricating oil, which reduces friction between the bearing and the shaft.


Standard Oilite bearings are impregnated with a highly refined mineral oil to ISO VG (SAE 30) having a high viscosity index and containing anti-oxidant, anti-rust and defoamant additives. The shaft-porous member clearance is preferably from 0.096 to 0.201 mm, while the bearing clearance may be 0.021 to 0.039 mm, with a porous member grain size of from 0.5 to 0.71 mm. 3. Bearing material according to claim 1 or 2, characterized in that the metal fluoride is CaF 2 , PbF 2 , MgF 2 or a fluorine compound of an element of the 2nd main group of the periodic table. To date, seven of the 14 units have been converted, and their performance is meeting expectations, with units running as long as 10 years without maintenance needed on the bearings. Sintered, self-lubricating slide bearings. Self-lubricating bearings commonly used in linear and profile rails are made of oil-impregnated plastic. For example, bearing 110 may be alternatively fabricated by forming substrate 112 into a desired configuration, such as, for example, a cylinder, prior to application of load bearing layer 114 thereon. Finally, there are graphite plugged bronze variants, bearings that rely on the flat micro structure of this commonly used form of carbon. Either for food process or for bulk products handling, Thordon Bearings offers zero pollution solutions saving money on the maintenance costs. Temperature is the most important factor in determining a bearings PV limit. The lubricant is uniformly dispersed throughout the sliding layer and thus there is no reduction in low friction bearing performance, even if the sliding layer becomes worn. The clearance between the shaft and the inside surface of the member is larger than the bearing clearance between the shaft and the bearing sleeve and lubricant is drawn by capillary action from the member into the clearance and then into the bearing clearance. The flanges may be lubricated for thrust load applications, or provided without lubrication when required to function only as a spacer. CESP decided to install self-lubricating materials in the Jupia turbines. Still another object of the invention is a self-lubricating bearing whose dimensional factors are adapted to assume satisfactory lubrication of the bearing surface even at slow shaft rotation. LUBRON AQ's bronze alloy and solid lubricant construction offers the optimum choice for toughness, rigidity, and low coefficient of friction, dry or immersed. 27 R.H. Zhu, X.P. Zhang, Z.P. Niu: The Preparation of Graphite-Al-based Self-lubricant Materials Vol. Raised structures 113 preferably are fabricated from bronze, fastened integrally to substrate 112 and embedded into load bearing layer 114. For relatively ordinary or light duty applications, acceptable materials include those that have a static coefficient of friction μ at least below that of steel on steel (0.58) and preferably similar to that of polyethylene (0.2). In heavier duty applications, such as for automotive or general industrial use, materials having relatively lower coefficients are preferred. 10. A self-lubricating plain bearing for a shaft, comprising a body having a bore therein for receiving an end portion of said shaft, a bearing sleeve means disposed within the bore for supporting the shaft and having a bearing clearance therefrom, and a porous, lubrication-impregnated member which is disposed in the bore at the end of said bearing sleeve means and which is closer towards said shaft end portion, the porous member having a clearance from said shaft which is greater than said bearing clearance, and the bore size of the porous member being larger than said clearance between the shaft and the porous member, whereby said clearance between said shaft and said porous member is adapted to draw lubricant from said porous member and said bearing clearance is adapted to draw lubricant from said clearance to cause lubricant to flow by capillary action to the co-operating bearing surfaces of said shaft and said bearing sleeve means. A 1990 patent49 described the production of low-MW PTFE by contacting high-MW PTFE with fluorine gas and claimed that this process afforded lower friction and higher seizing loads than low-MW PTFE produced by either direct polymerization or irradiation. Type of environment, bearing load, velocity, temperature, finish and hardness of the mating surface all influence coefficient of friction. After almost 90 years Oilite bearings are still the undisputed market leader in sintered self-lubricating bearings. 5. A bearing as set forth in claim 1 wherein said clearance between the shaft and the porous member is from about 0.096 to 0.201 mm.


Oil-filled sintered bronze bearings were first conceived in the 1930s, with self-lubricating metal-polymer bearings developed around 1950 and lubrication-free solid polymer bearings appearing in the 1960s. It is also necessary to collect lubricant, such as oil, which escapes from the bearing, and felt discs or suitably shaped centrifuging rings are used for this purpose. A wide range of lubricants are available to meet specific requirements within a temperature range of -60°C to 200°C, lubricant additives are also available to impart anti-wear properties in marginal lubrication conditions. A precise analysis of space requirements is critical to specifying self-lubricating bearings. Self-lubricating bearings eliminate the need for maintenance , lowering labor costs, and increase the service life of aerospace applications. The clearance for bearings moving in a to-and-fro motion should be the smallest possible (0.5-1 ‰). In high temperatures, the clearance should be larger than normal. Where split housings or a need for disassembly and reassembly make split bushings advantageous, LUBRON AQ bearings are available either matched (split before final machining providing perfect 180° halves) or unmatched (split after final machining varying slightly from perfect 180° halves). The sintered bronze layer also helps conduct heat away from the bearing surface. Meet your powder metal bearings needs. We can find Thordon Bearings on many applications in the field of transportation, like self-lubricating bushes for hinges and pulleys for trucks and special vehicles. The invention is based on the knowledge that the performance under lubrication-free conditions can be significantly increased if a certain filler combination is used in conjunction with PTFE, which has PbO and metal fluoride. Some of this discussion was presented earlier in Section 7.4.3. Some studies of wear and friction control temperature to a specific level (usually room temperature”), some report temperatures, and some studies report nothing. Even though LUBRON AQ bearings are extremely durable, care must be taken to ensure that the lubricated bearing surfaces are not damaged before or during installation. 11. Bearing material according to one of claims 6 to 10, characterized in that the solid lubricants are MoSj or boron nitride. The bearings of the present invention are more resistant to mechanical stresses than standard NG. In this regard, bearings of the present invention were fabricated using a steel substrate 0.8 mm thick with bronze intermediate layer 116 and PTFE bearing layer 114 of the dimensions shown and described hereinabove with respect to FIG. These bearings are solid or hollow cylinders, to be machined to final dimensions when the system is not ready for standard SELFOIL® bearings. Specified and approved by engineering design firms and water power authorities worldwide, LUBRON AQ bearings are the proven choice for hydro pump-turbine and dam gate applications. Stainless roller wheels are also available from Lubron Bearing Systems in combination with self-aligning spherical bearings. Friction coefficient is 0.03~0.15. As shown in Figure 1 & 2, the coefficient decreases with load but increases under low temperature. Temperature — Vendors will rate their bearings for operation in certain ranges. Furthermore, the arrangement illustrated ensures that the bearing clearance 6 between the shaft 2 and the member 3 is not sucked empty of lubricant by the suction effect of the porous member 1, after assembly of the bearing or when the shaft is stationary or rotating at low speeds. Accurate alignment is particularly important for self-lubricating bearings. This kind of material provides a maintenance-free solution and is particularly good for high load and intermittent of oscillating motion. The porous bronze layer is impregnated with a polymer such as PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), with a top layer or lining of polymer disposed thereon. LUBRON AQ spherical bearing assemblies consist of an inner component (gimbal) with a cylindrical inside diameter for shaft rotation and a spherical convex outside diameter, and a two-piece outer component (race) with a mating spherical concave inside diameter and a cylindrical concave outside diameter for mounting in a housing. G-METAL cylindrical bearings can be made from 8 mm to 280 mm in diameter. Wear is a surface phenomenon that results in the gradual deterioration of contacting surfaces through friction. There are three types of self-lubricating plain bearings used today. The utility model relates to a kind of oil-less self-lubricating bearing.

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