The main function of rolling bearings is to support load and transmit rotational movement with minimum energy loss. In order to achieve this, bearings are manufactured with particularly good quality fatigue resistance materials, proper design and tight manufacturing tolerances. Particular emphasis is put in both the macro, and micro geometry of the working shapes and surfaces of the raceways. Rolling bearings come in many types and sizes as ball and roller bearings for radial and thrust loads.
I was invited by Tom Astrene of TLT to write a response to the
July 2010 TLT article (Ref. 1). My rebuttal — “In Search of a Fatigue
Limit: A Critique of ISO Standard 281:2007” — 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.