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Published 1997 by Copper Development Association Inc. in cooperation with the Non-Ferrous Founders' Society. All rights reserved.


This Handbook has been prepared for the use of engineers, designers and purchasing managers involved in the selection, design, manufacture or use of copper alloy bearings. It has been compiled from information supplied by testing, research, manufacturing, standards, and consulting organizations that Copper Development Association Inc. believes to be competent sources for such data. 


Table of Contents:


Introduction to Lubricated Bronze Bearing Design


What must bearings do?

Different bearing classes

Principal bearing geometries

Bearing operating characteristics

Bearing materials selection criteria

Other benefits of bearing bronzes

Selecting Cast Bear Bronzes

Bronzes and copper alloys

Economics and availability

Detailed discussion of specific alloys

Summary of cast bronze characteristics and usage

Selection procedure for bearing materials

Design of Boundary Lubricated Bronze Bearings

Conditions leading to boundary lubrication

Boundary lubricated wear data for cast bronze bearings

Lubricated wear limits for bearing bronzes

Lubricated wear rates for bearing bronzes

Design considerations

Hydrodynamic Journal Bearing Design

Load capacity of hydrodynamic journal bearings

Thermal effects

Transition to hydrodynamic lubrication

Design criteria for journal bearings

Other journal bearing details

Mating surfaces

Other issues

Computer Programs

Background to the programs

Using the hydrodynamic program

Calculating bearing performance

Applying the hydrodynamic program results

Using the boundary lubrication program

References and Appendices


Appendix A: Quantifying lubricated wear

Appendix B: Thermal modeling of the bearing

Appendix C: Fluid viscosity database


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