SKF life testing

SKF endurance testing activities are concentrated at the SKF Engineering & Research Centre in the Netherlands. The test facilities are unique in the bearing industry with regard to sophistication and the number of test rigs and are ISO 17025:2005 accredited. The centre also supports work carried out at the research facilities of the major SKF manufacturing facilities.
SKF undertakes life testing, mainly to be able to continuously improve the design, the materials and the manufacturing processes of bearing products. Furthermore it is also essential to develop and continuously improve the engineering models required for the design of bearing applications.
Typical endurance testing activities include tests on bearing population samples under:
  • full-film lubrication conditions
  • reduced lubricant film conditions
  • predefined contamination conditions of the lubricant
SKF also undertakes life tests to:
  • verify the performance commitments made in product catalogues
  • audit the quality of the SKF standard bearing manufacturing
  • research the influences of lubricants and lubricating conditions on bearing life
  • support the development of theories for rolling contact fatigue
  • compare with competitive products.
The powerful and firmly controlled life tests combined with post-test investigations with state-of-the-art equipment make it possible to investigate the factors that affect the life of the bearings in a systematic way.
High performance SKF Explorer and SKF Energy Efficient (E2) bearings are examples of the implementation of the optimized influencing factors on the basis of analytical simulation models and experimental verification at the component and complete bearing level.
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