Contact Analysis for the Critical Shoulder Height in Angular Contact Ball Bearing


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A numerical method to determine the shoulder height in the angular contact ball bearing using 3D contact analysis is proposed. The load analysis of a ball bearing was performed to calculate the distributions of internal loads and contact angles of each rolling element. From the results of bearing load analysis and the contact geometry between ball and inner/outer raceway, 3D contact analyses are conducted. The developed algorithm is applied to an angular contact ball bearing for the automotive wheel. The critical axial loads which are not affected by edge in the present shoulder height are calculated. The critical shoulder heights are also determined when the bearing is subjected to a practical load.



Advanced Materials Research (Volumes 433-440)

Edited by:

Cai Suo Zhang




D. C. Choi and T. W. Kim, "Contact Analysis for the Critical Shoulder Height in Angular Contact Ball Bearing", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 433-440, pp. 538-543, 2012

Online since:

January 2012




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