Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 14, Issue 6, pp 809–817 | Cite as

Vibration Modeling of Lubricated Rolling Element Bearing Considering Skidding in Loaded Zone

  • Jin Chen
  • Jing Liu
  • Yimin Shao
  • Caihuang Luo
Technical Article---Peer-Reviewed


Wear and incipient failure of the components of the rolling element bearing can be caused by the skidding when the rolling element enters into the loaded zone. Understanding the vibrations of the rolling element bearings caused by the skidding in the loaded zone is very useful for their maintenance. In this work, a dynamic model is proposed to investigate the skidding of a lubricated rolling element bearing under radial load when the rolling element enters into the loaded zone. The nonlinear contact forces, the lubrication oil film, the friction force between the rolling element and the races, the centrifugal force of the rolling elements, and the gravity is considered in this study, as well as the friction force between the rolling element and the cage. The proposed model is applied to investigate the effects of the lubrication oil film, the radial load, and the inner race speed on vibrations of the bearing. The numerical results from the proposed model are compared with those from the current model in the literature. It is shown that the proposed method provides a more accurate approach describing the real vibrations of the rolling element bearing caused by the skidding in the loaded zone.


Skidding Lubrication oil film Loaded zone Rolling element bearing 



Angular speed, rad/s


Radial load, N


Radius, mm


Bearing pitch radius, mm


Angular position of rolling element, rad


Rotational angle of rolling element about bearing axis, rad


Rotational angle of cage, rad


Load zone, rad


Friction force, N


Normal force, N


Centrifugal force, N


Contact stiffness between rolling element and cage, N/m


Contact stiffness coefficient between rolling element and race, N/m n


Number of rolling element


Inertia of rolling element


Mass of rolling element, kg


Gravity of rolling element, N


Radial deformation of inner race, m


Deformation between rolling element and inner race, m


Deformation between rolling element and outer race, m


Friction coefficient between rolling element and races


Friction coefficient between rolling element and cage



The authors are grateful for the financial support provided by the National Natural Science Key Foundation of China under Contract No. 51035008.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.China Jialing Industrial Co., Ltd. (Group)ChongqingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Mechanical TransmissionChongqing UniversityChongqingPeople’s Republic of China

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