Handling abuse causes premature bearing failures

An article published in « Case Studies in Engineering Failure Analysis » .

A bearing, can fail prematurely due to a variety of factors like wrong choice of a design for the application, lack of or inadequate lubrication, impact loads, vibrations, environmental factors like operating temperature, corrosive media, moisture, dirt or handling abuse during transport, mounting, reinstallation and servicing.

Two case studies are presented here wherein abusive handling likely caused premature fatigue failure of ball bearings.

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