On the Radial Vibration of Ball Bearings (Computer Simulation)

Satoru Fukata, Emil Halim Gad, Takahiro Kondou, Takashi Ayabe, Hideyuki Tamura

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Computer simulation is used to analyze the radial vibration of ball bearings in order to overcome the experimental and theoretical difficulties; the experimental difficulty is due to the complicated interaction of the predominant factors, and the theoretical difficulty is due to the nonlinear spring behaviour and time-dependent excitation of ball bearings. The inner ring motion, which involves the Perret-Meldau problem, is considered in the radial plane for ideal ball bearings in which the inner ring has a mass, rotates with a constant speed, and is loaded by a constant force. The results show that superharmonic, subharmonic, beat and chaos-like vibrations appear, in addition to harmonic vibration synchronizing with the ball passage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1703-1708
Number of pages6
Journaltransactions of the japan society of mechanical engineers series c
Issue number457
Publication statusPublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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