Stress Field Evolution in a Ball Bearing Raceway Fatigue Spall

    Volume 7, Issue 2 (February 2010)

    ISSN: 1546-962X

    CODEN: JAIOAD

    Published Online: 8 December 2009

    Page Count: 18


    Branch, Nathan A.
    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL

    Arakere, Nagaraj K.
    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL

    Svendsen, Vaughn
    Propulsion Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH

    Forster, Nelson H.
    Propulsion Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH

    (Received 17 May 2009; accepted 23 October 2009)

    Abstract

    The governing mechanisms of fatigue spall propagation in ball bearing inner raceways are investigated through the use of elastic-plastic finite element modeling, X-ray diffraction, and the visual inspection of fatigue spall cracks. The model simulates multiple ball impacts with a fatigue spall’s edge in a 208 size ball bearing operating at 10,000 rpm. Ball impacts are shown to cause severe plastic deformation within the spall edge and induce tensile residual stresses. The finite element results are supported by X-ray diffraction measurements and the locations of cracks observed around the edge of a spall.


    Paper ID: JAI102529

    DOI: 10.1520/JAI102529

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    Title Stress Field Evolution in a Ball Bearing Raceway Fatigue Spall
    Symposium Eighth International Symposium on Bearing Steel Technologies: Developments in Rolling Bearing Steels and Testing, 2009-05-22
    Committee A01