The objective of the present study is to obtain relevant contact stiffness for a single ball-raceway contact which can be used in load distribution analysis of full bearing. Towards this, an elastic constitutive model is used in the 3D finite element analysis of load deformation characteristic of large diameter bearing ball - raceway contact and the finite element results are validated by conducting experiment on the linear mock up model bearing. The FE results show a good agreement with the values calculated using Hertz’s relations for deformation.
Key words: Fast breeder reactor, rotatable plugs, slewing bearing, load-deformation, finite element analysis, rolling element, bearings, experimental analysis.
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