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Radial Play (Internal Clearance in Ball Bearings) - August 2011

John Wallace

The article "Radial Play (Internal Clearance in Ball Bearings)" appeared in the August 2011 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

Summary
At first glance, ball bearings are relatively simple mechanisms. However, an analysis of their internal geometries reveals that they are quite complex. For example, the ball to raceway conformity, the radial play, and the number of balls all impact the ability of a ball bearing to support loads under a variety of conditions.

Keywords
ball bearings, radial play, clearance, AST Bearings

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