FVA 589 I / 589 II "The Influence of External Vibration Excitations on Rolling Bearings"


Analysis of the external vibration-related damage mechanisms in rolling bearings in the low-load operating condition



  • Significant influence of external vibrations on the rolling bearing dynamical behavior
  • Perturbation of the lubrication film (mixed friction) as a result of external vibration excitations at certain combinations of parameters from
    • Vibration excitation and corresponding inertia forces
    • Viscosity properties of the lubrication

  Rolling body after 150 hours of operation under oscillation excitation Copyright: © MSE


Previous industrial experiences show an increase in failure rate for rolling bearings in vibration-loaded systems. Conventional service life calculations do not take external vibrations into account. Therefore, the applied vibration excitation sources may not be evaluated for their harmful effects by knowing corresponding vibration amplitude and frequencies. A systematic investigation of these harmful effects caused by external vibration sources is therefore necessary to carry out.


Research objectives

FVA 589 I

  • Systematic investigation and evaluation of the dynamic influence of vibrations

FVA 589 II

  • Development of an understanding of vibration-induced damage to the bearing in the low-load operating condition
  • Evaluation of the race way changes from endurance tests with vibrations.
    radial vibrations, torsional vibrations

Research and project partners

Research partners:

  • The Institute for Machine Elements and System Engineering, MSE
  • Chair for Machine Elements and Transmission Technology at the University of Kaiserslautern

Project partners:

  • Bosch Rexroth AG Mobile Applications
  • Research Association for Drive Technology, FVA
  • Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
  • Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
  • SKF GmbH
  • ZF Friedrichshafen AG
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Supported by

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

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Project sponsor

The Federation of Industrial Research Associations "Otto von Guericke", AiF