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Experimental Routes to Chaos in Ball Bearings

[+] Author Affiliations
B. Mevel

SNR Roulements, Annecy, France

J. L. Guyader

INSA de Lyon, Villeurbanne, France

Paper No. DETC2007-34928, pp. 1681-1689; 9 pages
  • ASME 2007 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5: 6th International Conference on Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Control, Parts A, B, and C
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, September 4–7, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4806-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3806-4
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


In a previous paper [1], the theoretical prediction of a ball bearing motion was studied and different routes to chaos described. The aim of this paper is to study experimentally routes to chaos in a ball bearing and to observe whether theoretical predictions of the phenomena are realistic. An experimental test bench was built and a technique to observe Poincaré maps is proposed. The experience clearly shows the appearance of instability in the bearing motion, and two different routes to chaos are described as expected in theory. The first route is related to the first resonant frequency of the bearing. It is a sub-harmonic route. The second route, related to the second resonant frequency, is a quasi-periodic route.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME
Topics: Ball bearings , Chaos



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