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Development of a Test Rig for Multi-Axial Static and Dynamic Loading of Bearings

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William Jacobs, Rene Boonen, Paul Sas

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Marco Malagó

Università degli Studi di Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

David Moens

Lessius Mechelen - De Nayer, Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium

Paper No. DETC2011-48260, pp. 65-74; 10 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1: 23rd Biennial Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise, Parts A and B
  • Washington, DC, USA, August 28–31, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5478-5
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


Condition monitoring of bearings has been a major research topic for more than five decades. To validate and improve the condition monitoring techniques, this paper focuses on the development of an innovative and versatile bearing test rig. The rig allows applying a fully controlled multi-axial static and dynamic load on different types and sizes of bearings. Easy adjustment to mount bearings with different inner diameter, outer diameter and width is possible, without compromising on performance. Furthermore, the behaviour of the bearing is monitored by accelerometers, proximity probes and thermocouples. During the design of the rig, several techniques were applied to ensure clean measurements, with maximum repeatability, and to reduce errors due to temperature variations. Finally, introducing an additional dynamic force on the bearing makes it possible to load the bearing as if it were built into a real machine, for example a gearbox. At the time this paper is written, results of the test rig were not yet available. However, the authors expect to be able to report on the first test results during the conference.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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