Minimum load

To achieve satisfactory operation, tapered roller bearings, like all ball and roller bearings, must always be subjected to a given minimum load, particularly if they are to operate at high speeds or are subjected to high accelerations or rapid changes in the direction of load. Under such conditions, the inertia forces of the rollers and cage, and the friction in the lubricant, can have a detrimental influence on the rolling conditions in the bearing arrangement and may cause damaging sliding movements to occur between the rollers and raceways.
The requisite minimum radial load to be applied to SKF standard tapered roller bearings can be estimated from

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and for SKF Explorer bearings from

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minimum radial load [kN]
basic dynamic load rating [kN] (see product data)

When starting up at low temperatures or when the lubricant is highly viscous, even greater minimum loads may be required. The weight of the components supported by the bearing, together with external forces, generally exceeds the requisite minimum load. If this is not the case, the single row tapered roller bearing must be subjected to an additional radial load, which can be achieved easily by applying preload. For additional information, refer to the section Bearing preload.