Maintenance Bearing & Bushing, Composite plain bearings are used to lubricate bronze bearings in hydropower applications. Composite self-lubricating bearings are specifically designed to meet the needs of the hydropower industry for low wear, high performance bearings.
Our expert team of application engineers works closely with customers in the hydropower industry to determine the right solution for their hydropower applications. The facility required a tight tolerance hydropower bearing with a liner that would provide dimensional flexibility to adjust for as yet undetermined offsets.
Extensive machining studies were conducted to investigate which self-lubricating bearing would provide the best machining response without compromising tribological performance. Graphite self-lubricating bronze bushings are ideal for this application because of their machinable ID and OD, dimensional flexibility, and excellent corrosion resistance. In addition, the self-lubricating bearing has negligible water absorption, resulting in excellent dimensional stability, which further contributes to its tight dimensional control. Self-Lubricating Bronze Bearings
Self-lubricating bronze bearings are also used in the hydropower industry. Among the criteria that high performance bearings can meet. Unlike conventional grease-type bronze bearings, our bearings are self-lubricating with solid lubricant inserts. These inserts provide continuous lubrication over the entire sliding surface. In addition, these zero contamination bearings eliminate the possibility of water contamination by eliminating the need for toxic lubrication.
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High-performance bearings with both high load capacity and low coefficient of friction are ideal for this application, and our plain bearings have a low coefficient of friction even at high pressures. In fact, these characteristics allow for less force to be required to adjust the gate position during operation. This helps reduce wear and allows reliable operation to last longer for the life of the plain bearing.
Hydropower bearings have proven their superior performance in hydroelectric plants around the world, from the Americas to Asia. In addition, our team of experienced sales and application engineers can provide technical support to determine the right hydropower bearing solution for your application, no matter where you are.
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