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Clearance reduction caused by interference fits

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An interference fit causes clearance reduction because inner rings are expanded and outer rings are compressed. The reduction equals the effective interference fit multiplied by a reduction factor using

Δrfit = Δ1 f1 + Δ2 f2

Δrfit clearance reduction caused by the fit [mm]
reduction factor for the inner ring
f2 reduction factor for the outer ring
Δ1 effective interference between the inner ring and shaft [mm]
Δ2 effective interference between the outer ring and housing [mm]
Reduction factors valid for a solid steel shaft and a thick-walled cast iron or steel housing can be obtained from diagram 1 as a function of the ratio of the bearing bore diameter d to the outside diameter D. For the effective interference value, use the maximum probable interference value listed in the appropriate tables in Tolerances and resultant fits.
For a more detailed analysis, refer to SKF calculation tools, such as SKF Bearing Calculator, SKF SimPro Quick or SKF SimPro Expert, or contact the SKF application engineering service.
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