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Grease lubrication has clear advantages over oil lubrication: Grease does not leak easily; it has sealing properties; and it protects bearing surfaces from corrosion. Its disadvantages are grease-life limitations and a limited cooling ability. Moreover, in some applications there is a risk of grease starvation, which leads to reduced lubricating films. However, if the right grease, sealing system and/or lubrication system are chosen, then grease lubrication offers clear benefits. This article summarizes aspects of grease lubrication mechanisms in rolling bearings.
The air-oil, two-phase flow inside the multiple-point, oil-jet lubrication ball bearing was studied based on CFD (computational fluid dynamics) theory and technique, and compared with single-point, oil-jet lubrication. The results indicate that the air-oil distribution inside the bearing with multiple-point, oil-jet lubrication is more uniform than single-point injection.
The following news items offer the latest on lubrication and seal technology in the power transmission market. From bearing greases to high-performance seals, these products will help extend the service life and manufacturing capabilities for a wide range of industrial sectors.
in the performance and life of a rolling element bearing. Less than 10 percent of bearings reach their theoretical L10 life, and poor lubrication can be attributed to 80 percent of those that fall short. Ideally, a lubricant forms a film layer between moving components in a bearing, separating moving parts, minimizing friction and preventing wear between balls or rollers, raceways and retainers. Lubricants also protect metal surfaces from corrosion and moisture, dissipate heat and can even prevent the ingress of contaminants.
Varying installation requirements for worm gears, as, for example, when used in modular gear systems, can necessitate grease lubrication - especially when adequate sealing for oil lubrication would be too complex. Such worm gears are being increasingly used in outside applications such as solar power plants and slew drives. While knowledge about the operating conditions is often appropriate, the basic understanding for load capacity and efficiency under grease lubrication is quite poor. Investigations done at FZG and sponsored by FVA/AiF are shown here to give an impression of the basic factors of load capacity and efficiency. The results of the investigation indicate a satisfying quality of calculations on heat, load capacity and efficiency based on characteristic parameters of the base oil with only slight modifications to the methodology known from DIN 3996 or ISO TR 14521.
Rolling element or sleeve bearings often are required to operate under extreme conditions. In these instances, it is more important than ever to follow proper lubrication selection and maintenance procedures to maximize effective life and efficient performance.
A thermo-mechanical model of a splash lubricated one-stage gear unit is presented. This system corresponds to a first step towards the design of a hybrid vehicle gearbox that can operate up to 40,000 rpm on its primary shaft. The numerical model is based on the thermal network method and takes into account power losses due to teeth friction, rolling-elements bearings and oil churning. Some calculations underline that oil churning causes a high amount of power loss. A simple method to reduce this source of power losses is presented, and its influence on the gear unit efficiency and its thermal capacity is computed.
For the lubrication of open gear drives used in different industrial applications such as cement and coal mills, rotary furnaces, or where the sealing conditions are difficult, semi-fluid greases are often used in preference to fluid oils. For girth gear applications the greases are used with a splash or spray lubrication system. The selection of such greases influences pitting lifetime and the load-carrying capacity of the gears, as well as wear behavior
End users and OEMs frequently specify "lubed-for-life" mounted bearings, thinking the lubed-for-life bearings will deliver the same life â” without lubrication â” as bearings that currently require periodic lubrication. The truth is it depends on many factors, and only a detailed review of the application and testing will provide a more accurate answer.
The chemical and physical properties of gear oils may change, depending - more or less - upon their formulation and the environmental conditions under which they are used. This is why - after three years of use in a wind turbine - a gear oil was examined to determine if indeed changes were evident and if the protection of the gears and rolling bearings still met the same requirements as would be expected of fresh oil. Our findings revealed that the existing gear oil - as well as its ability to protect the gears and rolling bearings - had degraded very little compared to fresh oil.
Machine and equipment manufacturers today are feeling more pressure than ever to reduce costs without sacrificing machine performance â” a balancing act difficult to achieve. OEMs often overlook a simple solution that can have a positive, long-term impact on profitability for themselves and their customers, i.e. â” the elimination of bearing lubricant.
Lubrication management should be standard operating procedure at any manufacturing facility. Vital to both operational and maintenance personnel, a strong, coherent and specific lubrication program will have lasting results in machine efficiency and maintenance. Of course, even those with the best intentions canâ™t always keep up with the challenges presented day-to-day on the manufacturing floor. Thankfully, PTE is here to help with eight steps to selecting, storing, analyzing and managing your lubrication requirements.
It is a simple fact: better lubrication can lead to dramatic energy savings and an improved bottom line. This ought to interest any plant manager who is looking for ways to reduce operating costs, and it is especially significant at a time when stricter government regulations are in direct contradiction to reducing costs. Lubrication reliability is the solution; this article will describe how manufacturing plants can use âœlubrication reliability best-practicesâ to reduce their energy consumption, emissions and operating costs—all at the same time.
In order to analyze the different gear oils suitable for the lubrication of wind turbine gearboxes, five fully formulated ISO VG 320 gear oils were selected. In between the selected gear oils, four PAO base oils can be found: PAOR, PAOM, PAOC and PAOX. A mineral-based oil (MINR) was also included as reference.
Slow speed operation of fan systems within the air handling industry is generally performed due to two reasons: a coast down operation is required for hot (induced draft) fans to cool down before shutdown (often by using a turning gear), and operational efficiency improvements can be achieved during non-peak periods by slow speed operation using a VFD. In either case, when these fans are supported by hydrodynamic bearings, it is the oil film thickness developed from the bearing-shaft interaction that limits the minimum speed that can be maintained without causing premature wear and bearing failure. This paper will present a brief overview of lubrication theory and critical design parameters to achieve slow speed operation.
Until now the estimation of rolling bearing life has been based on engineering models that consider an equivalent stress, originated beneath the contact surface, that is applied to the stressed volume of the rolling contact. Through the years, fatigue surfaceâ“originated failures, resulting from reduced lubrication or contamination, have been incorporated into the estimation of the bearing life by applying a penalty to the overall equivalent stress of the rolling contact. Due to this simplification, the accounting of some specific failure modes originated directly at the surface of the rolling contact can be challenging. In the present article, this issue is addressed by developing a general approach for rolling contact life in which the surfaceoriginated damage is explicitly formulated into the basic fatigue equations of the rolling contact. This is achieved by introducing a function to describe surface-originated failures and coupling it with the traditional, subsurface-originated fatigue risk of the rolling contact. The article presents the fundamental theory of the new model and its general behavior. The ability of the present general method to provide an account for the surfaceâ“subsurface competing fatigue mechanisms taking place in rolling bearings is discussed with reference to endurance testing data.
Various surface treatment and bearing technology solutions are explored to solve challenging lubrication regimes.
Understanding proper bearing lubrication procedures is critical to ensuring long-term, trouble-free performance. Klüber Lubrication has prepared this explanation as a general guide.
Options abound for increased efficiency in lubrication.
A Chicago-area bakery was replacing the tray support bearings in its ovens on a reactionary basis. Their weekly inspection cycle was resulting in two mechanics spending an average of 20 labor hours per week to replace failed bearings. The premature bearing failures were caused by a combination of the high heat and humidity in the ovens, resulting in lubrication failure and contamination. When BDI was asked to recommend a solution, the bakery was averaging one month of bearing life in this application.
With today's smaller, hotter - and overloaded - machinery, specifying the correct lubricant is vital.
Even when the critical components of industrial power transmission gear drive systems are properly designed, specified and manufactured consistent with application requirements, performance problems can develop over time and failure may follow.
Sustainability is becoming one of the most important aspects within the power transmission business. Users demand low-maintenance drive systems with as little disruption as possible, and expect lifetimes of more than 10,000 hours. Approximately 40 percent of long-term gearbox leakages can be traced back to poor interaction between the radial shaft seal (RSS) and the lubricant. Thus, it becomes essential to analyze the tribological system as a whole, which includes the gear oil, seal grease (if required), elastomer material and design, and the shaft.
In this work a physically based method for the tribological investigation of worm gears is presented.
Couplings and harsh environment use
In this study the mechanical shear degradation of lithium-thickened grease was evaluated using an in-house-developed aging rig and a commercial rheometer. It was found that this grease loses its original consistency during aging and shows a two-phase aging behavior. In the first phase, primarily reorientation and breakage of the thickener network take place, resulting in a progressive drop in the grease's rheological properties. After this, the aging is dominated by the breakage of smaller fiber fragments and the grease degrades at a much slower rate.
The complete Product News section from the March 2017 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
When selecting an open gear lubricant for use in a particular application, the method of application used must be considered.
In an industrial application, equipment uptime is vital for on-time performance and profitability. The rotating members of industrial machines are subject to the highest degree of wear and are more susceptible to failure than non-moving parts. Bearing surfaces are the most critical and often the most expensive portion of the rotary assembly; it is imperative to protect these components. The primary protector of these components is the industrial seal.
The complete Product News section from the March 2014 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.
In 1991, Needelman and Zaretsky presented a set of empirically derived equations for bearing fatigue life (adjustment) factors (LFs) as a function of oil filter ratings.
The performance of high-speed helical geartrains is of particular importance for tiltrotor aircraft drive systems. These drive systems are used to provide speed reduction/torque multiplication from the gas turbine output shaft and provide the necessary offset between these parallel shafts in the aircraft. Four different design configurations have been tested in the NASA Glenn Research Center, High-Speed Helical Geartrain Test Facility. The design configurations included the current aircraft design, current design with isotropic superfinished gear surfaces, double-helical design (inward and outward pumping), increased pitch (finer teeth), and an increased helix angle. All designs were tested at multiple input shaft speeds (up to 15,000 rpm) and applied power (up to 5,000 hp). Also two lubrication, system-related, variables were tested: oil inlet temperature (160â“250° F) and lubricating jet pressure (60â“80 psig). Experimental data recorded from these tests included power loss of the helical system under study, the temperature increase of the lubricant from inlet to outlet of the drive system and fling-off temperatures (radially and axially). Also, all gear systems were tested with and without shrouds around the gears.
When rolling element or sleeve bearings operate under extreme conditions, itâ™s more important than ever to follow proper lubrication selection and maintenance procedures to maximize eff ective life and effi cient performance.
Th e primary sources of bearing failure are lack of lubrication and contaminant ingress. Industrial sealing devices are the primary protection against bearing failure. When the sealing device fails, bearing failure is imminent. Th erefore, extending the life of sealing devices extends bearing life and in turn improves equipment uptime.
During the qualification campaign of the NIRSpec (near-infrared spectrometer) instrument mechanism, the actuator could not achieve the expected lifetime that had been extended during the development phase. The initial design could not be adapted to the requested number of revolutions during that phase. Consequently the actuator needed to be modified so that the function of the mechanism would not be endangered or, by extension, the overall function of the NIRSpec instrument. The modification included a change of the overall actuator designâ”internal dimensions, tolerances, materials, lubrication and assembly processâ”while keeping the interface to the mechanism, mass and function.
In recent years, gearbox technology has advanced and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have specified required gear oils to meet the lubrication requirements of these new designs. Modern gearboxes operate under severe conditions while maintaining their reliability to ensure end-user productivity. The latest generation of industrial gear lubricants can provide enhanced performanceâ”even under extreme operating conditionsâ”for optimal reliability and reduced cost of operation.
I was invited by Tom Astrene of TLT to write a response to the July 2010 TLT article (Ref. 1). My rebuttal â” âœIn Search of a Fatigue Limit: A Critique of ISO Standard 281:2007â â” was published in Tribology and Lubrication Engineering, TLT, August 2010 edition (Ref. 10). While this article is also available online, I will attempt to summarize the essence of my response.
News Items About lubrication
1 Trico Introduces Sensei Lubrication Intelligence System (May 12, 2017)
Trico Corporation, a provider of lubrication management solutions, recently introduced Sensei, a real-time lubrication intelligence syste...
2 Oelheld Introduces Water-Based Lubrication Line (April 3, 2013)
Oelheld U.S. introduces its water based lubrication line. AquaTec 5001 is a high performance, synthetic metalworking fluid specifically d...
3 Custom Vanes, Rotors and End Plates Provide Lubrication in Most Environments (November 28, 2011)
Metallized Carbon Corporation, a manufacturer of oil-free, self-lubricating, carbon-graphite materials for severe service lubrication app...
4 Interlube Celebrates Lubrication Pump Sales (November 12, 2012)
Interlube Systems Ltd. is proud to announce the 100,000th worldwide sale of its market-leading AC range of automatic lubrication pumps. L...
5 Zero-Max Right Angle Gear Drives Ensure Lifetime Lubrication (May 2, 2017)
Lifetime lubrication in Zero-Max “Crown” gear drives assures motion system designers of a smooth operating, quiet right angle...
6 IKO Offers Two Lubrication Options for Cam Followers (March 28, 2017)
IKO International now offers two different long-term lubrication technologies for cam followers: a self-lubricating solution for the cam ...
7 New Lubrication System from Oil Rite (March 16, 2005)
The new Purge X infrared lubrication system from Oil Rite is designed for use in automotive, conveyor, packaging and textile industries....
8 New Lubrication from Linear Systems Offers Increased Smoothness (April 15, 2006)
The Precision Alliance and KSS Ball Screws introduce a dramatic improvement in lubrication of anti-friction linear bearing and ball screw...
9 Klϋber Lubrication Appoints Kraemer as CEO (February 14, 2013)
Klϋber Lubrication, a worldwide manufacturer of specialty lubricants, announces the appointment of Ralf Kraemer as chief executive o...
10 Person Joins Klϋber Lubrication (March 15, 2013)
Klϋber Lubrication announces that Ron Person has joined its North American operations as director of business development for oil an...
11 Tsubaki Launches Lubrication Service (January 29, 2013)
Tsubaki has launched a Special Lubrication Service which allows customers to tailor their purchase to suit the intended application. Tsub...
12 SiliKroil Provides Long-Lasting Lubrication (September 23, 2010)
Kano Laboratories Inc., located in Nashville, TN, recently released a successful blending of Kroil and dymethyl silicones called SiliKroi...
13 Colfax Corp. Acquires Lubrication Systems (February 27, 2007)
Colfax Corp. announced that it has completed its acquisition of Lubrication Systems Co. in Houston, TX. Terms of the transaction were...
14 Igus Releases White Paper on Bearing Lubrication (June 21, 2011)
Igus has released a new white paper, "The True Cost of Bearing Lubrication." The paper discusses the hidden and unrealized cost...
15 Lubrication Engineers Introduce Monocal GP Grease (February 26, 2014)
Lubrication Engineers, Inc. recently introduced Monocal GP Grease (1499), a versatile general purpose lubricant for use in severe conditi...
16 SKF Battery-Driven Grease Gun Offers Unique Lubrication Solutions (July 25, 2016)
The new SKF Battery-Driven Grease Gun (TLGB 20) introduces an ideal portable tool to maximize the efficiency and accuracy of manual lubri...
17 Boston Gear Offers Series 700 Lubrication Video (September 11, 2017)
A new informative video has been produced by Boston Gear to help reduce Series 700 worm gear speed reducer failures and premature wear du...
18 Kluber Lubrication Introduces Specialty Grease for Wet and Aggressive Environments (November 7, 2017)
KlÃâ¹ber Lubrication, a worldwide manufacturer of specialty lubricants, introduces HYDROKAPILLA NBU 20 HFE US, designed for the lubricatio...
19 Kluber Lubrication to Showcase Lubricating Grease (April 12, 2018)
Kluber Lubrication, a worldwide manufacturer of specialty lubricants, will showcase its lubricating grease for rolling and plain bearin...
20 Klüber Participates in Open Gear Lubrication Panel Discussion (April 28, 2016)
Klüber Lubrication will showcase its specialty lubricants in Booth #409 during the IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Conference in Dallas, Texas,...
21 Klüber Lubrication Introduces Synthetic Grease for Extreme Climatic Conditions (April 10, 2015)
KlÃâ¹ber Lubrication recently introduced Klübersynth EM 94-102, a fully synthetic lubricating grease incorporating a calcium complex ...
22 Kluber Lubrication Offers Fully-Synthetic Oil for Rail Gearboxes (June 21, 2018)
Klüber Lubrication, a worldwide manufacturer of specialty lubricants, offers Klübersynth GE 4 80 W 140, a fully synthetic hig...
23 Klϋber Lubrication Introduces Klübertemp GR AR 555 (July 18, 2014)
Klϋber Lubrication has introduced Klübertemp GR AR 555, a multi-purpose lubricant offering exceptional corrosion protection and...
24 Klϋber Lubrication Receives ISO 21469 Certification (July 23, 2014)
Klϋber Lubrication, a worldwide manufacturer of specialty lubricants, has received the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) ISO 2146...
25 Kluber Lubrication Receives European Ecolabel Approval (November 21, 2013)
Klϋber Lubrication, a worldwide manufacturer of specialty lubricants, announces that its Klüberbio EG 2 gear oil for thrusters ...