Bearing Technology

Lecture: Bearing Technology

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Bearing Technology

Lecturer Type and scope of the lecture
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eckhard Kirchner
& external Lecturers
2 hours per week (lecture)
Digital lecture in winter semester
Fr 08:00 – 11:30 a.m.
The lecture dates are weekly.
First lecture date: 13.10.2022 (excursion to Schaeffler)
Last lecture date: 09.12.2022
Language of lecture and exam is German.


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In this lecture series, rolling bearing are introduced as an example of an important category of machine elements. Following topics are part of the lecture:

  • Load and load distribution
  • Lubrication of rolling bearings
  • Bearing capacity and lifetime
  • Application boundaries
  • Friction
  • Surface induced damages and kinematics
  • Dynamics
  • Strength and cage design
  • Damage analysis
  • Origin and future

The focus of the lecture are the calculation and the design of the roller bearing components. In addition, relevant damage symptoms are discussed by means of examples and insights.

The actual state of the art is the base of the lecture’s content. A presentation of research results is a part of the content.


  • Steinhilper, W., Sauer, B. (Hrsg.) (2012) Konstruktionselemente des Maschinenbaus 2 – Grundlagen von Maschinenelementen für Antriebsaufgaben, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 7. Auflage.
  • Schlecht, B. (2009). Maschinenelemente 2 – Getriebe, Verzahnungen und Lagerungen. Pearson Education, München, Boston, San Francisco.
  • Dahlke, H. (1994): Handbuch Wälzlager-Technik. Bauarten, Gestaltung, Betrieb. 1. Aufl. Braunschweig, Vieweg, Wiesbaden.
  • N.N. (2015) Wälzlagerpraxis – Handbuch zu Gestaltung und Berechnung von Wälzlagerungen. 4. Auflage. Vereinte Fachverlage, Mainz.


Information, lecture notes and supplementary materials are available on the e-learning platform Moodle (Moodle_TU_Darmstadt) of the course “Bearing Technology”.

Contact Persons

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eckhard Kirchner


work +49 6151 16-21171

Work L1|01 251
Otto-Berndt-Straße 2
64287 Darmstadt

Christoph Bienefeld M.Sc.

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