Ball Bearings: The Inner Workings

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  August 29, 2022
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Ball bearings are components that help reduce friction between moving parts. By using ball bearings, it is possible to create a smoother and more efficient operation for machines. Ball bearings can be found in a wide range of applications, from bicycles to aircraft engines, to garage door wheels.

What is a ball bearing

There are two main types of ball bearings: radial and thrust. Radial ball bearings are the most common type and can handle both radial and axial loads. Thrust ball bearings can only handle axial loads and are often used in high-speed applications.

Ball bearings are made from an inner ring, an outer ring, and a set of balls. The balls are usually made from steel or ceramic, and they sit in between the inner and outer rings. The balls are what allow the bearing to rotate smoothly and with reduced friction.

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