Coatings and Tribology Features

Surface engineering has never been more important to engineering. Our editors bring you a host of the latest thinking, views and opinions about coating technology and surface engineering. Find out how to optimise the materials you use to get the most out of them from longer life, to better performance.

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01/07/2001

Bearing lubrication comes in from the cold

Grease can be found that reliably protects under conditions of extreme cold  Read More

01/07/2001

Bacteria may lead to nano bearings

Serious money is being sunk into researching nano mechanisms on the molecular scale found in nature  Read More

01/05/2001

Sleeve bearings live long

How low cost sleeve bearings are coming to replace ball bearings in an application requiring a high degree of long term reliability  Read More

01/03/2001

Seals protect in worst environments

New seal designs protect rolling elements in bearings in two contrasting, but equally severe applications  Read More

01/12/2000

Pumped pressure makes smooth rotations

Hydrodynamic and aerodynamic bearings with outstanding performance and the potential to improve the efficiency of gas fired power stations  Read More

01/12/2000

Pumped pressure makes smooth rotations

Tom Shelley reports on hydrodynamic and aerodynamic bearings with outstanding performance and the potential to improve the efficiency of gas fired power stations  Read More

01/07/2000

Sealing at an angle

Angular-contact ball bearings form the mainstay of many machine tool spindle applications.  Read More

01/06/2000

Software encourages best bearing behaviour

New software not only helps select the right rolling element bearings but helps designers improve their overall design  Read More

01/05/2000

Where there's a wheel there's a way

SKF discusses its involvement in a unique engineering project which heralds back to the old days of transportation  Read More

01/05/2000

Taking it to the limit

Leading experts talk about the factors that limit the performance of rolling element bearings and how the frontiers are being pushed back  Read More

01/05/2000

Plain speaking

The tricky question of where plain bearings might be used instead of roller bearings  Read More

01/05/2000

Better bearings make maintenance obsolete

Maintenance-free bearings that need no relubrication on drive shafts for truck and off-road applications boast a service life of 1 million kilometres  Read More

01/01/2000

Polymer bearings take the load

Recent developments - and some of the limitations - in polymer and composite polymer bearings  Read More

01/11/1999

No power bearings spin energy from the wind

An active magnetic bearing which needs no power is the key to an innovative energy storage system for wind turbines.  Read More

01/09/1999

Rollers offer built-in protection

A new type of isolator protects against large amplitude vibrations – such as the sort likely to be encountered in earthquakes  Read More

01/11/1998

One ball saves the raceway

Ceramic ball reduces wear and ensures that bearing raceways last longer  Read More

01/06/1998

Putting gears onto a new planet

Self-aligning bearings from SKF have helped Italian engineers to redesign a gearbox, making it cheaper and much less complex  Read More

01/03/1998

Magnetic force creates a revolution

Replacing steel balls or rollers with a controlled magnetic force offers a radical option to designers of bearing systems.  Read More

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