The necessity of a proper fit of NTN bearings

For NTN rolling bearings, inner and outer rings are fixed on the shaft or in the housing so that relative movement does not occur between fitting surfaces during operation or under load. This relative movement between the fitting surfaces of the NTN bearing and the shaft or housing can occur in a radial direction, an axial direction, or in the direction of rotation. Types of fitting include tight, transition and loose fitting, which may be selected depending on whether or not there is interference.

The most effective way to fix the fitting surfaces between a NTN bearing's raceway and shaft or housing is to apply a "tight fit." The advantage of this tight fit for thin walled bearings is that it provides uniform load support over the entire ring circumference without any loss of load carrying capacity. However, with a tight fit, ease of installation and disassembly is lost; and when using a non-separable bearing as the floating-side bearing, axial displacement is not possible. For this reason, a tight fit cannot be recommended in all cases.

The necessity of a proper fit

In some cases, improper fit may lead to damage and shorten bearing life, therefore it is necessary to make a careful investigation in selecting a proper fit. Some of the NTN bearing failure caused by improper fit are listed below.

  • Raceway cracking, early flaking and displacement of raceway
  • Raceway and shaft or housing abrasion caused by creeping and fretting corrosion
  • Seizing caused by negative internal clearances
  • Increased noise and deteriorated rotational accuracy due to raceway groove deformation

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