What Are Ball Bearings?
Posted on Mar 28, 2022
Posted on Mar 28, 2022
After looking through our product offerings at ProSource you might be wondering, what exactly are ball bearings? There are all sorts of bearings available for all sorts of different functions. A commonality between most is that they need to handle two types of loads: thrust loads and radial loads. Thrust loads, also called axial loads, are forces acting parallel to the bearing axis. Radial loads act perpendicular to the bearing axis. Ball bearings are special in that they can withstand both thrust and radial loads.
Ball bearings use balls to separate the two “races” or bearing rings. This reduces surface contact and friction across their moving planes. The rotation of the balls causes a reduced coefficient of friction when compared with flat surfaces rubbing against each other. Because there is little surface contact between the balls and races, ball bearings typically have a lower load capacity for their size than other rolling-element bearings.
You might have come across ball bearings by a different name. A variety of different designs and applications are out there for ball bearings. The designs are all specific to their industrial application and load type, but some of the most common types of ball bearings are as follows:
As with most bearings, ball bearings can have a variety of features that provide different types of support to the bearing performance. These features help create the specific support necessary for the intended function that the ball bearing will add to.
With our lineup of ball bearing types, you might want some extra help in deciding which bearing to use for your application. Our ProSource professionals are always happy to answer any questions you have regarding our products! Let us put our expertise to the test in helping you pick the perfect ball bearing for you. For more information on ball bearings, you could also visit our ball bearings page here!
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