Ball Contact Locus in an Angular Contact Bearing

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E. P. Kingsbury

The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc., Bearing Center, Cambridge, Mass. 02139

J. of Lubrication Tech 105(2), 166-170 (Apr 01, 1983) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3254557 History: Received February 10, 1982; Online November 13, 2009


The path of contact on the surface of a bearing ball is derived for pure spin and regular precession. Ball-race and ball-ball contacts are considered in a retainerless bearing. Track broadening and equatorial offset are found; quantitative experimental agreement is shown.

Copyright © 1983 by ASME
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