Axial Displacement

The seats of an Extreme Bearing are machined to a tolerance to provide a loose fit. The bearing seats in the housings are sufficiently wide to allow axial displacement of the bearing and to accommodate for thermal expansion of the shaft due to high temperatures, such as on a baking conveyor belt.

Room for axial displacement

Suitable for expansion and contraction of the shaft

The Extreme Bearing blocks can absorb expansion of the shaft because there is an adjustment or locating ring in the bearing housing. The locating ring can be removed from a bearing block of a pair placed opposite each other so that axial displacement is possible.

Allow for thermal expansion and contraction

There is a total clearance available for thermal expansion that is equal to the thickness of the location ring. The expansion and contraction of material must be considered in order to maintain the clearance that is required to operate the bearing well. In the diagram, the clearance for contraction by cooling is indicated by C and the clearance for expansion by heating is indicated by B. The table shows the maximum values for C and B depending on the diameter of the shaft.

Calculate the maximum shaft length depending on the temperature in your application. In case you need to mount a long shaft, it is necessary to calculate the thermal expansion or contraction and adjust the bearing position to take this into account. As an example, a stainless steel shaft of 1 metre will become 0.023 mm longer when the temperature rises by 1°C and a carbon steel shaft of 1 metre will become 0.016 mm longer when the temperature rises by 1°C. The table shows the maximum shaft length depending on how the temperature changes during operation after the time of installation.