Backing bearings for cluster mills
Backing bearings have been specially developed for cold rolling mills of the cluster type, but can also be used for other applications, such as straightening or bending machines. Backing bearings have a particularly thick-walled outer ring and can be mounted on stationary support shafts to form back-up or straightening rolls. The forces from the work rolls are transmitted via the support shaft and a system of support saddles to the roll or machine stands. Fig. 2 shows the arrangement of the backing bearings on the eight support shafts of a 20-roll mill.
- High load carrying capacity
The optimized internal geometry reduces friction and heat generated by the bearing.
Long service life
The logarithmic roller profile reduces edge stresses at the roller/raceway contact (fig. 3) under all load conditions. Also the logarithmic outer ring outside diameter profile reduces edge loading during operation and contributes to extended service life.
Enhanced operational reliability
The surface finish on the contact surfaces of the rollers and raceways supports the formation of a hydrodynamic lubricant film.
Most SKF backing bearings have lubrication holes and many have one or more annular grooves in the inner ring to enable lubrication via the support shaft.