CARB toroidal roller bearings
CARB bearings are intended exclusively as non-locating bearings. They can simplify the bearing arrangement design for shafts that are subjected to thermal expansion/contraction because axial displacement is accommodated within the bearing, virtually without friction. Bearing systems consisting of a spherical roller bearing in the locating position and a CARB bearing in the non-locating position provide a space and weight-saving bearing system with a low cost of ownership. CARB bearings can reduce noise and vibration levels, e.g. in paper machines and fans. CARB bearings are single row bearings with long, slightly barrel-shaped symmetrical rollers.
The outer ring has a torus-shaped raceway with a profile radius extending beyond the centre of the bearing. The inner ring raceway is shaped accordingly. The rollers of CARB bearings are self-guiding, i.e. they always adopt the position where the load is favourably distributed over the roller length, irrespective of whether the bearing rings are misaligned or axially displaced. The ability to distribute loads favourably keeps the friction and friction-generated heat at low level. Lower operating temperature extends the service life of the lubricant and the bearing.
Factors that influence CARB bearing performanceBearing performance is not only determined by load or speed ratings. There are a number of other factors that contribute to bearing performance. To a large extent, performance is influenced by the geometry of the rollers, raceways and cages, the heat treatment, as well as the surface finish of all contact surfaces.
Main factors, which influence CARB bearing performance include, but are not limited to:
Symmetrical rollers self-adjust, providing optimal load distribution along the roller length . This keeps stresses low under all load conditions and provides extended bearing service life.
The rollers in a CARB bearing are manufactured to extremely tight tolerances for dimension and form. Each roller is virtually identical in size and shape to the other rollers in the set. This optimizes load distribution over the rollers to maximize bearing service life.
Special roller profile
The roller profile determines the stress distribution in the roller/raceway contact area. The special profile distributes loads more evenly along the rollers and prevents peak stresses at the roller ends to extend bearing service life.
Self-guiding rollers keep the friction and friction-generated heat at low levels.