Duplex Bearings

DUPLEX bearings consist of an assembly of two PAIRED bearings which provide the following advantages:

radial displacement reduced to a minimum
increase of the radial and axial load capacity
accurate axial positioning with axial loads
extremely accurate functioning

DB (back to back): The outboard faces of this set’s inner rings are loaded, creating opposing contact angles that diverge to the bearing axis. Factory “built-in” offsets in the unloaded state provide the proper preload deflection when the inner races are clamped together. This configuration has higher moment stiffness than the DF configuration (under the same preload, DB and DF have identical radial and axial stiffness rates). Use DB when the shaft temperature is higher than the housing temperature, as this configuration minimizes preload build-up due to differential expansions, and reduces heat buildup in the bearings.

DF (face to face): The outboard faces of this set’s outer rings are loaded, creating opposing contact angles that converge to the bearing axis inside the bearing envelope. Factory “built-in” offsets in the unloaded state provide the proper preload when the outer races are clamped together. This configuration has lower moment stiffness than DB, which allows for some misalignment. Use DF when the housing temperature is higher than the shaft temperature.

DT (tandem): The contact angles of the bearings are oriented in the same direction, allowing for increased load sharing in the axial direction. DT has the same radial stiffness (with equal preload) as the DB or DF configurations, but its axial stiffness is twice that of either pair with the same preload. Factory “built-in” offsets in the unloaded state provide the proper preload when the outer race on one side and the inner race on the opposite side are loaded. To achieve a preloaded condition, DT requires an opposing bearing or bearing-set.

DU (universal): The faces are flush on both sides with the factory “built-in” preload, so this version can be oriented in any configuration: DB, DF or DT.

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