Design of an experimental setup to determine the coefficient of static friction of the inner rings in contact with the outer rings of radial spherical plain bearings

Ozturk E., Yildizli K., Memmedov R., ÜLGEN A.

TRIBOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, vol.128, pp.161-173, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 128
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.triboint.2018.07.007
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.161-173
  • Keywords: Tribology, Friction, Coefficient of friction, Spherical plain bearing, PTFE WOVEN LINERS, TRIBOLOGICAL PROPERTIES, PERFORMANCE, MECHANISMS, COMPOSITE
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, a new experimental setup was designed and manufactured to determine the coefficient of static friction (COFS) for polyoxymethylene (POM)/steel spherical contact surfaces in radial spherical plain bearings. The experimental setup can measure the frictional moment. The POM/steel COF(S )equations from the frictional moment measurements were obtained. A sequence of tests changing the normal force under dry sliding condition for three different axis angles was performed. The calculated POM/steel COFS decreased with increasing normal force until adequate tightness was observed for all axis angles. Then, the POM/steel COFS remained stable. The static and dynamic coefficients of friction for the spherical contact of different material couples may be further investigated using a methodology similar to this study.