Issue 
Mechanics & Industry
Volume 23, 2022



Article Number  19  
Number of page(s)  13  
DOI  https://doi.org/10.1051/meca/2022019  
Published online  01 August 2022 
Regular Article
Study on contact load and preload characteristics of cylindrical roller bearings with triplelobe raceway
AECC Harbin Bearing Co., Ltd., Harbin 150025, China
^{*} email: yuqingjie6147@126.com
Received:
8
March
2022
Accepted:
13
June
2022
The suitable preload design of cylindrical roller bearing with triplelobe raceway can avoid effectively bearing sliding damage. To realize the preload characteristics analysis of bearing, the quasistatic numerical model of cylindrical roller bearing with triplelobe raceway is established and solved by the improved NewtonRaphson method. Taking a cylindrical roller bearing with triplelobe raceway as an example, the effects of mounting radial clearance, outer raceway waveform value, radial load and rotational speed on maximum contact load and preload of the bearing are analyzed. The results show that the preload of cylindrical roller bearing with triplelobe raceway can be controlled by adjusting the mounting radial clearance and outer triplelobe raceway waveform value according to the radial load and rotational speed conditions. The bearing temperature trend predicted by the preload characteristic is verified by the test. It indicates the numerical model can effectively guide the preload quantitative design of cylindrical roller bearing with triplelobe raceway.
Key words: Preload characteristics / triplelobe raceway / improved NewtonRaphson method / bearing temperature trend / preload quantitative design
© Q.J. Yu et al., Published by EDP Sciences 2022
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1 Introduction
Cylindrical roller bearing mainly plays the role of rotation and support in the engine [1]. The cylindrical roller bearing with circular raceway has a greater risk of skidding under highspeed and lowload conditions [2]. It will generate too much heat, leading to the sliding damage of the bearing and further causing the engine to fail to run properly. To avoid effectively the bearing sliding damage [3], the outer raceway of the bearing is improved from a circular shape to a triplelobe shape. When the bearing is mounted with interference, the radial clearance [4] relative to the low point circle of the outer triplelobe raceway becomes negative. Three effective preload areas are formed in the circumferential direction of bearing, and the contact load between the rollers and the inner raceway increases, thereby reducing the risk of skidding.
Ye et al. [5] established a quasidynamic model of high speed cylindrical roller bearings, and analyzed the effects of rotational speed, clearance, external load and rollers tilted on the bearing load distribution; Ren et al. [6] proposed a contact load distribution calculation method of bearing under the different clearance conditions, and the results are similar by comparing the proposed method with the Harris method; Oswald et al. [7] researched the effects of radial clearance on the fatigue life and load distribution of bearings, and an improved Stribeck formula was proposed to analyze the effect of radial clearance on the maximum contact load; Lazovic et al. [8] analyzed the effects of the number of rolling elements, internal radial clearance and external load on the load distribution; Nagatomo et al. [9] studied the effects of load distribution on the life of roller bearings; Chen et al. [10] proposed a static analysis model to study the effect of roller diameter difference on bearing load distribution; Tomovic et al. [11] proposed a numerical model that takes into account the two cases of even and odd rollers supporting the inner ring and analyzed the effect of the bearing internal structure on the load distribution; Hao and Demirhan [12,13] established the finite element model of cylindrical roller bearing, calculated the displacement of the bearing ring, and carried out the test verification; Cavallaro et al. [14] established the bearing model with flexible rings to discuss the load distribution, contact pressure and heat dissipation; Oswald and Fujiwara [15,16] analyzed the effect of roller design on bearing performance. However, the raceway of cylindrical roller bearings studied above is circular, and the preload distribution of the bearing is not considered.
Deng et al. [17] established the nonlinear dynamic differential equations of cylindrical roller bearing with triplelobe raceway and analyzed the influences of the different raceway structures, working conditions and outer ring mounted angles on the cage slip ratio. However, when the bearing rotates, the change in the number of loaded rollers and the contact load is not considered, and the preload state of the bearing is not analyzed.
In this paper, considering the radial load and moment conditions, a quasistatic model of cylindrical roller bearing with triplelobe raceway is established and an improved NewtonRaphson method to solve the numerical model is proposed. For the two states of singlepressed and doublepressed, the contact load distribution of bearing with triplelobe raceway is analyzed, and the effects of mounting radial clearance, outer triplelobe raceway waveform value, radial load and rotational speed on inner raceway maximum contact load and preload are investigated. At the same time, the bearing temperature trend predicted by the preload characteristic is verified by the test. It shows the numerical model is effective.
2 Numerical model of cylindrical roller bearing with triplelobe raceway
2.1 Assumptions
To facilitate the analysis of bearing preload characteristics, the numerical model adopts the following assumptions:

The outer ring is fixed in space and the inner ring rotates at a constant speed with a fixed axis.

Each part of the bearing is rigid and only local contact deformation is considered.

The numerical model ignores the effects of lubrication, friction, heat and cage on the bearing.

The linear velocity of the contact point of the roller with the inner raceway and the outer raceway is equal to the linear velocity of the raceway at that point.
2.2 Outer raceway triplelobe curve
The triplelobe wave curve is periodic in the circumferential direction. To establish the numerical model of cylindrical roller bearing with triplelobe raceway, the equation of triplelobe is proposed. The schematic diagram of the triplelobe profile is shown in Figure 1.
The polar coordinate equation of the triplelobe curve is:(1)
Fig. 1
The schematic diagram of the triplelobe profile. 
2.3 Force analysis of bearing with triplelobe raceway
The cylindrical roller bearing with triplelobe raceway will generate internal contact loads at the three low point areas of the waveform after mounting. During the bearing operation, the maximum contact load position is always changing between one position (roller is facing the low point of the triplelobe raceway) and the other position (roller moves half of the roller position angle from the low point of the triplelobe raceway). The load state that the roller is facing the low point of the triplelobe raceway is defined as “singlepressed”, The load state that the roller moves half of the roller position angle from the low point of the triplelobe raceway is defined as “doublepressed”. The contact loads of singlepressed and doublepressed states are two extreme loads. The contact load of the transition region is between the two extreme contact loads.
The preload distribution of cylindrical roller bearing with triplelobe raceway before loading in the singlepressed and doublepressed states is shown in Figure 2. When the bearing is subjected to an external load, the internal contact load will change. The preload distribution of cylindrical roller bearing with triplelobe raceway after loading in the singlepressed and doublepressed states is shown in Figure 3.
In Figure 3, O _{1} and O _{2} are the center points of the inner ring before loading and after loading, F _{ r } is the radial load, δ _{ r } is the radial displacement of the inner ring after loading, ψ _{ j } is the position angle of the jth roller, ω _{ i } is the inner ring angular speed, G _{ r } is the radial clearance relative to the low point circle of the outer triplelobe raceway, which can be expressed as(2)
Assuming that the number of rollers is Z, the position angle [18] of the jth roller is:(3)when the roller rotates with the inner ring, the position angle of the roller will change, and the value of ψ _{1} needs to be adjusted in the numerical model.
Fig. 2
Preload distribution of the cylindrical roller bearing with triplelobe raceway before loading: (a) singlepressed state; (b) doublepressed state. 
Fig. 3
Preload distribution of the cylindrical roller bearing with triplelobe raceway after loading: (a) singlepressed state; (b) doublepressed state. 
2.3.1 Force analysis of roller
When the bearing is subjected to the radial load F _{ r }, moment M and highspeed centrifugal load, the inner ring will happen a radial displacement δ _{ r } and a misalignment angle θ relative to the outer ring [19], and the contact load at each roller position will vary. Considering the profile modification of rollers, the slicing method [20] is used in the numerical model. The roller effective length is L _{ we }, the number of slices is N, and the roller slice thickness is λ. The schematic diagram of the bearing contact model is shown in Figure 4.
The force balance equations [21] of the jth roller are:(4)
The centrifugal force of the jth roller is(5)
The contact load and moment of the jth roller on the inner raceway and outer raceway are:(6)
The contact slice loads of the kth slice of the jth roller on the inner raceway and outer raceway are:(7)
The contact elastic deformations of the kth slice of the jth roller on the inner raceway and outer raceway are:(8)
The relationship between the contact deformation of the jth roller relative to the inner raceway, the contact deformation of the jth roller relative to the outer raceway and the inner ring radial displacement δ _{ r } is:(9)
The relationship between the misalignment angle of the jth roller relative to the inner raceway, the misalignment angle of the jth roller relative to the outer raceway, and the inner ring misalignment angle θ is:(10)
Fig. 4
Schematic diagram of bearing contact model: (a) bearing crosssection geometry and roller force; (b) schematic diagram of slicing method; (c) schematic diagram of contact deformation. 
2.3.2 Overall force analysis of bearing
When the bearing is subjected to the radial load F _{ r } and moment M, the external load is shared between each roller and inner raceway. The contact load between the roller and the inner raceway is accumulated to form the overall force balance equations of bearing [22,23], it is expressed as(11)
2.4 Solution of the numerical model
Substituting equation (5) through equation (10) into equation (4) and equation (11), it forms an equation matrix [24] with , , δ _{ r }, θ totaling (2Z+2) unknowns, and the matrix is defined as [F (x _{ (t)})]. The matrix [F (x _{ (t)})] is expressed as(12)
The unknown matrix [x _{ (t)}] is expressed as(13)
Taking the derivative of the matrix [F (x _{ (t)})] to the unknown matrix, the (2Z+2)×(2Z+2) order Jacobian matrix can be obtained, which is defined as .
To obtain good convergence, a variable correction coefficient h(0 < h < 1) is introduced based on the NewtonRaphson method. The improved NewtonRaphson method [25] is expressed as(14)
The solution procedure of the numerical model is shown in Figure 5.
1) The improved NewtonRaphson method has a faster calculation speed, but it is still sensitive to the initial value. The initial value setting needs to first solve the initial radial displacement δ _{ r (0)} and initial misalignment angle θ _{ (0)} of the inner ring according to bearing design parameters, radial load, moment and rotational speed.(15) (16)
If θ _{ (0)} ≤ 0, set θ _{ (0)} = 1 × 10^{−10}.
2) According to the initial radial displacement δ _{ r (0)} and initial misalignment angle θ _{ (0)} of the inner ring, further estimate the contact deformation and misalignment angle of the jth roller relative to the outer raceway.(17)
3) Bring the initial value into the equation matrix [F (x _{ (t)})] and Jacobian matrix to calculate the new initial value by equation (14), and start the iterative calculation. It will stop until the calculation error Δx = x _{ (t+1)} − x _{ (t)} is less than the allowable error ϵ, and the number of iteration steps is less than the number of set iteration steps S. When it does not converge after reaching the number of set iteration steps S, the iterative calculation is performed again by reducing the correction coefficient h.
Fig. 5
The solution procedure of numerical model. 
3 Analysis and discussion
Taking a cylindrical roller bearing with triplelobe raceway as an example, the main parameters of the bearing are shown in Table 1. The initial radial clearance of the bearing is positive. When the bearing is mounted on the shaft with interference, the mounting radial clearance will become negative. It can be calculated by the elastic thickness ring theory [1]. The bearing material is M50, the radial load is 100 N, and the inner ring rotational speed is 40,000 r/min. Due to the different bearing structures, lubrication conditions and load conditions, the temperature distribution of bearing is always changing, and it is difficult to estimate. So the following analysis model ignores the thermal effect on the bearing, and it only considers the contact load and preload characteristics of the bearing under the mounting radial clearances. The bearing contact load distribution is shown in Figure 6. The cylindrical roller bearing with triplelobe raceway has three preload areas, and the maximum preload area is along the radial load direction. For the singlepressed state, the number of loaded rollers is 3. For the doublepressed state, the number of loaded rollers is 6. Compared with the singlepressed state, the contact load and preload decrease with the increase in the number of loaded rollers.
The comparison between the improved NewtonRaphson method and the original NewtonRaphson method is shown in Table 2. The improved NewtonRaphson method has better convergence than the original NewtonRaphson method.
Since the effect of lubrication is ignored in the numerical model, the Hamrock and Dowson theory is used to further analyze the lubricating oil film thickness. Under the above conditions, the average temperature monitored by the bearing test is 123.5 °C, so the MILPRF23699 lubricating oil properties at 123.5 °C are used. The results of contact deformation and oil film thickness are shown in Table 3. It can provide a reference for future scholars to supplement the numerical model.
Bearing parameter.
Fig. 6
The contact load distribution: (a) singlepressed state; (b) doublepressed state. 
Comparison between the improved NewtonRaphson method and the original NewtonRaphson method.
The results of contact deformation and oil film thickness.
3.1 Effect of mounting radial clearance on maximum contact load and preload of the inner raceway
Under the conditions of radial load 100 N and rotational speed 40,000 r/min, the maximum contact load variation of the inner raceway and the number of loaded rollers variation under the different mounting radial clearances are shown in Figure 7. As the mounting radial clearance increases, the maximum contact load of the inner raceway decreases, and the number of loaded rollers decreases gradually. For the rollers in the singlepressed state, when the number of loaded rollers is reduced to 1, the maximum contact load of the inner raceway remains unchanged, and the bearing preload disappears. For the rollers in the doublepressed state, when the number of loaded rollers is reduced to 2, the maximum contact load of the inner raceway remains unchanged, and the bearing preload disappears. As the mounting radial clearance increases, the preload in the doublepressed state disappears earlier than that in the singlepressed state. The results show that when the mounting radial clearance value of cylindrical roller bearing with triplelobe raceway is designed, it is necessary to first consider the double pressure state to ensure that the bearing preload always exists.
Fig. 7
The maximum contact load variation of the inner raceway and the number of loaded rollers variation under the different mounting radial clearances: (a) singlepressed state; (b) doublepressed state. 
3.2 Effect of outer raceway waveform value on maximum contact load and preload of the inner raceway
Under the conditions of radial load 100 N and rotational speed 40,000 r/min, the maximum contact load variation of the inner raceway and the number of loaded rollers variation under the different outer raceway waveform values are shown in Figure 8. For the singlepressed state, as the outer raceway waveform value increases, the maximum contact load of the inner raceway increases, and the number of loaded rollers decreases. When the number of loaded rollers is reduced to 3, the maximum contact load of the inner raceway remains unchanged, and the bearing preload always exists. For the doublepressed state, as the outer raceway waveform value increases, the maximum contact load of the inner raceway decreases, and the number of loaded rollers decreases. When the number of loaded rollers decreases to 2, the maximum contact load of the inner raceway remains unchanged, and the bearing preload disappears. The smaller the outer raceway waveform value, the greater the number of loaded rollers, and the more loaded rollers will cause the bearing to overheat, which is confirmed in subsequent tests. As the outer raceway waveform value increases, the improvement of overheating in the singlepressed state is later than that in the doublepressure state, and the bearing preload in the doublepressed state disappears earlier than that in the singlepressure state. The results show that the singlepressed state should be considered to prevent the bearing overheating in the design of the lower limit of outer raceway waveform value, and the doublepressed state should be considered to ensure the bearing preload always exists in the design of the upper limit of outer raceway waveform value.
Fig. 8
The maximum contact load variation of the inner raceway and the number of loaded rollers variation under the different outer raceway waveform values: (a) singlepressed state; (b) doublepressed state. 
3.3 Effect of radial load on maximum contact load and preload of the inner raceway
Under the condition of rotating speed 40,000 r/min, the maximum contact load variation of the inner raceway and the number of loaded rollers variation under the different radial loads are shown in Figure 9. For the singlepressed state, within a certain load range, as the radial load increases, the maximum contact load of the inner raceway increases, the number of loaded rollers remains unchanged and the bearing preload always exists. For the doublepressed state, as the radial load increases, the radial displacement of the inner ring increases, the maximum contact load of the inner raceway increases, and the number of loaded rollers decreases. When the number of loaded rollers is reduced to 2, the bearing preload disappears. The results show that the doublepressed state needs to be considered in designing the outer raceway triplelobe structure to ensure the bearing preload always exists according to the radial load condition.
Fig. 9
The maximum contact load variation of the inner raceway and the number of loaded rollers variation under the different radial loads: (a) singlepressed state; (b) doublepressed state. 
3.4 Effect of rotational speed on maximum contact load and preload of the inner raceway
Under the condition of radial load 100N, the maximum contact load variation of the inner raceway and the number of loaded rollers variation under the different inner ring rotational speeds are shown in Figure 10. For the singlepressed state, within a certain speed range, as the inner ring rotational speed increases, the centrifugal load increases, the maximum contact load of the inner raceway decreases, the number of loaded rollers remains unchanged and the bearing preload always exists. For the doublepressed state, as the inner ring rotational speed increases, the maximum contact load of the inner raceway decreases, and the number of loaded rollers decreases. When the number of loaded rollers is reduced to 2, the bearing preload disappears. The results show that the doublepressed state needs to be considered in designing the outer raceway triplelobe structure to ensure the bearing preload always exists according to the inner ring rotational speed condition.
Fig. 10
The maximum contact load variation of inner raceway and the number of loaded rollers variation under the different inner ring rotational speeds: (a) singlepressed state; (b) doublepressed state. 
4 Verification
The cylindrical roller bearing with triplelobe raceway mainly reduces the internal sliding frictional heat through preload, preventing the bearing from overheating and damage under highspeed and lightload conditions. When the bearing preload is insufficient or excessive, the bearing temperature will increase. Therefore, the temperature of the cylindrical roller bearing with triplelobe raceway can also reflect the bearing preload.
We average the two states in Figure 7 to obtain the preload characteristics and predict the temperature trend of bearing under the different mounting radial clearances, which is shown in Figure 11. As the mounting radial clearance increases, the predicted temperature first decreases and then increases.
We average the two states in Figure 8 to obtain the preload characteristics and predict the temperature trend of bearing under the different outer raceway waveform values, which is shown in Figure 12. As the outer raceway waveform value increases, the predicted temperature first decreases and then increases.
To verify the predicted temperature trend, bearing tests with different mounting radial clearances and outer raceway waveform values are carried out to monitor the bearing temperature. The basic parameters of the bearing are shown in Table.1, the variable parameters of the test bearing are shown in Table 4, and the layout of the tester is shown in Figure 13. The test uses two preloaded ball bearings as support bearings. The lubricant type is MILPRF23699, the lubrication method is jet lubricated, the oil flow is 1.5 L/min, and the inlet oil temperature is 75 °C. Bearing temperature is measured to use two similar size cylindrical roller bearings with triplelobe raceway per test, and the average temperature of bearing in the stable phase is used as the final temperature due to the large amount of bearing temperature data. The load on the two support bearings is 200 N, and the shaft rotational speed is 40,000 r/min. Under the current test conditions, the bearing temperature under the different mounting radial clearances is shown in Figure 14, and the bearing temperature under the different outer raceway waveform values is shown in Figure 15. The test temperature trend is consistent with the predicted temperature trend of the preload characteristics. It shows that the larger preload, the preload absence or the more loaded rollers will generate a lot of heat and cause the temperature to rise.
Fig. 11
The preload characteristics and temperature trend prediction of bearing under the different mounting radial clearances. 
Fig. 12
The preload characteristics and temperature trend prediction of bearing under the different outer raceway waveform values. 
Variable parameters of the test bearing.
Fig. 13
Layout of the tester. 
Fig. 14
Bearing temperature under the different mounting radial clearances: (a) Time point temperature in the stable phase; (b) average temperature. 
Fig. 15
Bearing temperature under the different outer raceway waveform values: (a) Time point temperature in the stable phase; (b) average temperature. 
5 Conclusions
In the paper, the quasistatic numerical analysis model of cylindrical roller bearing with triplelobe raceway is established and solved by the improved NewtonRaphson method. The effects of mounting radial clearance, outer raceway waveform value, radial load and rotational speed on the maximum contact load and preload of cylindrical roller bearing with triplelobe raceway are investigated. The temperature trend of the test is consistent with the predicted temperature trend of preload characteristics. It shows that the larger preload, the preload absence or the more loaded rollers will generate a lot of heat and cause the temperature to rise.

A quasistatic analysis model of cylindrical roller bearing with triplelobe raceway is established, and an improved NewtonRaphson method to solve the model is proposed.

According to the radial load and rotational speed conditions of the bearing, the doublepressed state needs to be considered in designing the outer raceway triplelobe structure to ensure the bearing preload always exists.

In the design of the mounting radial clearance value of cylindrical roller bearing with triplelobe raceway, it is necessary to consider first the doublepressed state to ensure the bearing preload always exists.

In the design of the lower limit of the outer raceway waveform value, it is necessary to consider the singlepressed state to prevent the bearing overheating, and in the design of the upper limit of the outer raceway waveform value, it is necessary to consider the doublepressed state to ensure the bearing preload always exists.
Nomenclature
r : Radius of triplelobe curve base circle
ee : Triplelobe curve waveform value
G _{ r } : Bearing radial clearance
d _{ i } : Inner raceway diameter
d _{ m } : Diameter of the pitch circle
L _{ we } : Roller effective length
C: Roller convexity drop amount
F _{ r } : Bearing radial load
δ _{ r } : Radial displacement of inner ring
θ : Misalignment angle of inner ring
ω _{ i } : Inner ring angular speed
ω _{ mj } : Revolution angular speed of the roller j
F _{ Cj } : Centrifugal force of roller j
K _{ n } : Bearing contact stiffness
: Deformations at the roller/inner raceway contact
: Deformations at the roller/outer raceway contact
: Misalignment angle at the roller/inner raceway
: Misalignment angle at the roller/outer raceway
[F (x _{ (t)})]: Matrix of equations
: Derivation of equations matrix
h: Variable correction coefficient
Subscripts
Matrix notations
Acknowledgments
The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support by an independent special fund from the China Aviation Engine Corporation (ZZCX2018048) in Beijing, China.
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Cite this article as: Q.J. Yu, J. Chi, P. Gong, H.W. Jiang, L.W. Zhan, L.L. Xue, Study on contact load and preload characteristics of cylindrical roller bearings with triplelobe raceway, Mechanics & Industry 23, 19 (2022)
All Tables
Comparison between the improved NewtonRaphson method and the original NewtonRaphson method.
All Figures
Fig. 1
The schematic diagram of the triplelobe profile. 

In the text 
Fig. 2
Preload distribution of the cylindrical roller bearing with triplelobe raceway before loading: (a) singlepressed state; (b) doublepressed state. 

In the text 
Fig. 3
Preload distribution of the cylindrical roller bearing with triplelobe raceway after loading: (a) singlepressed state; (b) doublepressed state. 

In the text 
Fig. 4
Schematic diagram of bearing contact model: (a) bearing crosssection geometry and roller force; (b) schematic diagram of slicing method; (c) schematic diagram of contact deformation. 

In the text 
Fig. 5
The solution procedure of numerical model. 

In the text 
Fig. 6
The contact load distribution: (a) singlepressed state; (b) doublepressed state. 

In the text 
Fig. 7
The maximum contact load variation of the inner raceway and the number of loaded rollers variation under the different mounting radial clearances: (a) singlepressed state; (b) doublepressed state. 

In the text 
Fig. 8
The maximum contact load variation of the inner raceway and the number of loaded rollers variation under the different outer raceway waveform values: (a) singlepressed state; (b) doublepressed state. 

In the text 
Fig. 9
The maximum contact load variation of the inner raceway and the number of loaded rollers variation under the different radial loads: (a) singlepressed state; (b) doublepressed state. 

In the text 
Fig. 10
The maximum contact load variation of inner raceway and the number of loaded rollers variation under the different inner ring rotational speeds: (a) singlepressed state; (b) doublepressed state. 

In the text 
Fig. 11
The preload characteristics and temperature trend prediction of bearing under the different mounting radial clearances. 

In the text 
Fig. 12
The preload characteristics and temperature trend prediction of bearing under the different outer raceway waveform values. 

In the text 
Fig. 13
Layout of the tester. 

In the text 
Fig. 14
Bearing temperature under the different mounting radial clearances: (a) Time point temperature in the stable phase; (b) average temperature. 

In the text 
Fig. 15
Bearing temperature under the different outer raceway waveform values: (a) Time point temperature in the stable phase; (b) average temperature. 

In the text 
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