Optimizing Bearings for Gearboxes

Bearings are a crucial component in machines that make things work, from dentist’s drills to wind turbines. They range in size from tiny bearings that would fit over the diameter of a pencil to large bearings that would fit over the diameter of a car. In the middle, however, are bearings most commonly used in gearboxes. Gearboxes are the work horses of manufacturing.

How does one go about selecting a bearing for an application? What elements are in a bearing? What types of loads can the bearing handle? What calculations should be done?

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