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A. Palmgren Revisited: A Basis for Bearing Life PredictionBearing technology, as well as the bearing industry, began to develop with the invention of the bicycle in the 1850's. At the same time, high-quality steel was made possible by the Bessemer process. In 1881, H. Hertz published his contact stress analysis. By 1902, R. Stribeck had published his work based on Hertz theory to calculate the maximum load of a radially loaded ball bearing. By 1920, all of the rolling bearing types used today were being manufactured. AISI 52100 bearing steel became the material of choice for these bearings. Beginning in 1918, engineers directed their attention to predicting the lives of these bearings. In 1924, A. Palmgren published a paper outlining his approach to bearing life prediction. This paper was the basis for the Lundberg-Palmgren life theory published in 1947. A critical review of the 1924 Palmgren paper is presented here together with a discussion of its effect on bearing life prediction.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Zaretsky, Erwin V.
(NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1997
Subject Category
Mechanical Engineering
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:107440
Meeting Information
Meeting: STLE Annual Meeting
Location: Kansas City, MO
Country: United States
Start Date: May 18, 1997
End Date: May 22, 1997
Sponsors: Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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