Rolling Contact Fatigue Strength Testing and Material Developments in Aerospace Bearings—A Retrospective Analysis

    Published: Oct 2012

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    Rolling element bearings have been used in aerospace applications since their inception. As the industry and the requirements of aerospace applications have evolved, bearing technology, primarily of a materials nature, has evolved simultaneously. This has necessitated the development of various methods for the testing of rolling contact fatigue. This review paper serves to elaborate upon the evolution of both bearing materials and bearing testing for qualification in aerospace applications.


    rolling contact fatigue, aerospace, rolling element bearing, testing, test rigs, TRL, elemental, subscale, full scale

    Author Information:

    Ragen, Mark A.
    Senior Engineering Scientist, SKF Aeroengine North America, A Unit of SKF USA, New York,

    Zimmerman, Gregory A.
    Manager of Product Development & Testing, SKF Aeroengine North America, A Unit of SKF USA, New York,

    Committee/Subcommittee: A01.28

    DOI: 10.1520/STP104512

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