Finite element modelling of the dynamics of groovy ball bearings

Olamide Ajala*, Ekaterina Pavlovskaia, Marian Weircigroch

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Geometry modified thrust bearings exposed to rolling and sliding contact are subjected to wear and localized frictional heating caused by relative slip between the two sliding surfaces. This leads to a rise in temperature, thermal stresses and changes in the elastic and plastic strength and physical properties of the material. The changes in the properties in turn alter the stress state, the displacement field, life and reliability of the bearing. Hence, a finite-element model is created to study the dynamics of groovy thrust bearing. In this paper, Hertz contact theory and numerical method are used to simulate the dynamics and kinematics of groovy ball bearings. The optimal loading parameters are identified in this study based on the analysis of the system responses and properties. The results of the numerical analysis and validation are presented. The numerical analysis proves the concept of transforming rotational motion into axial oscillation and demonstrates the capabilities of the numerical simulation to accurately model the dynamics of the groovy ball bearing.

Original languageEnglish
Article number16004
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalMATEC Web of Conferences
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2018
EventInternational Conference on Engineering Vibration - Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: 4 Sept 20177 Sept 2017

Bibliographical note

This work is performed using Maxwell High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster of the University of Aberdeen IT Service (, provided by Dell Inc. and supported by Alces Software.


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