ball bearings, oil distribution, lubrication, cage
The migration and distribution of lubricant oil in a rolling bearing strongly affect the elastohydrodynamic lubrication performance between the balls and rings. However, oil re-lubrication is highly dependent on the bearing design, which is different from the ball-on-disc model. This study directly observed the distribution of the lubricant film in a custom-made model-bearing rig, with an outer ring replaced by a glass ring to allow full optical access. The influence of the cage type and surface properties were presented. The physical origin of the re-lubrication mechanism, including capillary flow and mechanical redistribution, was discussed.
LIANG, He; ZHANG, Yu; and WANG, Wenzhong
"Influence of the cage on the migration and distribution of lubricating oil inside a ball bearing,"
Friction: Vol. 10:
7, Article 4.
Available at: https://dc.tsinghuajournals.com/friction/vol10/iss7/4