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Sessions Offered on Ball Bearings Technology

An outline of ball bearing technology will be presented at a “Bearing Technology” workshop on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 15, at the Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, Fla., by Committee F34 on Rolling Element Bearings during ASTM Committee Week, Nov. 13-16.

The workshop will illustrate the effects of numerous interactions of science and engineering technologies on the reliability and performance of ball bearings. These include: stresses and deformations, metrology, metallurgy, materials, chemistry, surface chemistry, kinematics, failure analysis, screening techniques, lubrication, elasto-hydro-dynamic theories, and assembly procedures—in short, tribology, or “the science of the mechanisms of friction, lubrication, and wear of interacting surfaces that are in relative contact.”

The workshop will interest ball bearings repair facilities personnel, manufacturers of ball-bearing components (balls, retainer metals, plastics, etc.), purchasers, and designers of mechanisms containing ball bearings.

For further details, contact Herb Singer, The Bearing Consultants, LLP, 1063 Turnpike St., PO Box 420, Stoughton, MA 02072 (781/297-0096; fax: 781/ 297-7887).

A training session, “Turbine Technology and Bearings,” will also be offered by Committee F34 on Monday morning, Nov. 13, at the hotel. For more information, contact Tom Essig, Defense Supply Center Richmond, 8000 Jefferson Davis Highway, Richmond, VA 23297-5831 (804/279-6728). For Committee F34 membership information, contact Staff Manager Tim Brooke, ASTM (610/832-9729). //

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