The permissible operating temperature puts limits on the speed at which rolling bearings can be operated. Bearing types that operate with low friction and generate low frictional heat are therefore the most suitable for high speed operation.
The highest speeds can be achieved with deep groove ball bearings (fig. 1) and self-aligning ball bearings (fig. 2) when loads are purely radial. Angular contact ball bearings (fig. 3) are typically used when there are combined loads. This is particularly true for super-precision angular contact ball bearings and deep groove ball bearings with ceramic rolling elements, also referred to as hybrid bearings.
Because of their design, thrust bearings cannot accommodate speeds as high as radial bearings.