An analytical method is applied in the calculations of ball contact angles varying with the position angle of a ball bearing with a centrifugal force. This is further extended to investigate the thermal slipping behavior occurring at the contact surface of the inner raceway. The sliding velocities at the contact area are analyzed in the present study by the ball bearing contact mechanisms. The shear stress created at this contact surface is evaluated by considering the temperature-pressure dependence of the lubricant viscosity. The contact temperature of a ball and the inner raceway is obtained if the frictional heat created by the shear stress is available. Under the condition of controlling the outer raceway temperature, the thermal deformations of all components of a ball bearing are taken into account in the evaluation of bearing performance. Comparisons are made for several parameters, including the normal load, linear slip velocity, and linear traction force, between the results of considering the thermal effect or ignoring it. The friction torque evaluated by taking the thermal effect into account is higher than the torque evaluated when ignoring the thermal effect.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films