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Polymer Bushings Taking a Beating: Two Important Concepts behind the Wear and Tear

Posted On July 27, 2015

Polymer Bushing Mechanisms of Wear

Bushings have two mechanisms of wear: adhesion and abrasiveAdhesion, as discussed in a previous post, occurs when two surfaces come into direct contact and the atoms from one surface adhere to the other surface.  Abrasion occurs when a harder surface contacts a softer surface and removes material from the softer surface.  For polymer bushings, the primary mode of wear is adhesion.  The key to understanding wear by adhesion is a proper understanding of how polymers respond to friction.


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Posted in: Plane Polymer Bushings, Polymer Bushings, High Temperature Polymers, advanced polymers

Ultimate Qualitative Cheat Sheet for Polymer Bushing Life Expectancy

Posted On June 23, 2015


Bushings, also known as plain bearings or sleeve bearings, are used in just about every industry, and have been for many, many years.  In this post we are going to look at the life expectancy of polymer bearings for a qualitative viewpoint, as opposed to a quantitative, calculation-based look. 

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Posted in: Plane Polymer Bushings, Polymer Bearings, Self-Lubricating Bearings, Polymer Bushings, High Temperature Polymers

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