Science China Technological Sciences

, Volume 61, Issue 7, pp 1003–1011 | Cite as

Material analysis of the fatigue mechanism of rollers in tapered roller bearings

  • Wei Guo
  • HongRui CaoEmail author
  • YanYang Zi
  • ZhengJia He


Rolling contact fatigue is the main failure mechanism of tapered roller bearings. This study investigated the fatigue mechanism of rollers in a tapered roller bearing that failed in a run-to-failure test. Roller microstructure and crack morphology were investigated through scanning electron microscopy. A microhardness test was performed to investigate the strain hardening of the roller material induced by rolling contact fatigue. Results showed that microcavities and holes are important influential factors of crack initiation and propagation. Crack propagation angle affects crack morphology and propagation mode. Material strain hardening accelerates crack growth. Furthermore, roller misalignment causes uneven hardenability and severe damage to roller ends.


rolling contact fatigue mechanism crack propagation material microstructure roller misalignment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems EngineeringXi’an Jiaotong UniversityXi’anChina

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