Online rolling bearing friction calculator enables more energy efficient designs

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BEARINX®-online Easy Friction is a new online friction calculation tool for rolling bearings from Schaeffler. The software enables users to minimise friction and optimise the energy efficiency of power transmission systems that utilise rolling bearings.

Precision bearing manufacturer Schaeffler has launched a new version of its rolling bearing calculation and simulation software, BEARINX, which now includes new functionality for calculating friction.

Used early in the design process, BEARINX-online Easy Friction helps users to identify and maximise the potential for energy efficiency savings within a machine or system. For example, after using the software, the user may decide to specify rolling bearings with reduced friction characteristics, or to downsize the bearings and/or other related system components.

Available online and free-of-charge to users and customers, the new BEARINX-online Easy Friction software module enables users to calculate the energy efficiency of different rolling bearing designs in any application. Users can pre-register now at Users will then receive an email notification as soon as the software module becomes available. Users will be able to conduct online calculations as of mid-2011 after initial registration.

BEARINX-online Easy Friction takes into account the internal load distribution of the bearing and contact pressures on the raceways and ribs, with the actual rolling element profiles. The new software module utilises a friction calculation theory based on physical algorithms confirmed by a series of comprehensive values from tests on rolling bearings. Bearing life is calculated according to ISO/TS 16281.

The software's intuitive menu structure and navigational tools enable users to enter data quickly and easily for bearing modeling, bearing selection and operating conditions.

In addition, users can exchange any saved files with Schaeffler's 'Engineering Service' department in order to produce an optimum bearing design. Powerful servers at Schaeffler then perform the actual bearing calculations. The most important results are displayed in a results window, with the input data and calculation results documented in a PDF file.

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