Bearings are constantly subject to various chemical, mechanical, thermal and tribological impacts. The friction and wear of a bearing are influenced by the following operating conditions:
- ambient media
Even the smallest signs of wear and tear, caused by friction and wear, can affect bearing function and result in bearing failure. These wear and tear marks can tell a lot about the operating conditions the bearing has been exposed to. By means of visual inspection, bearing damage can be analysed and assigned precisely to specific bearing failure cause. Potential causes include contamination, corrosion, missing or lacking lubrication, wrong lubricant, high slip effect in the bearing, excessive load, aggressive operating conditions, etc.