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Ball Bearing Design

COURSE NO: M02-030
Ball Bearing Design
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course presents several ball bearing design principles that are probably not too well known outside the ball bearing world. The information provided in this course originates with an organization that pioneered many ball bearing materials and products that are used throughout the industry today.


The discussion starts out with the basics such as the description, terminology, industry standards, and types of ball bearings. The role of Hertz compressive stress and the ball diameter in the design of ball bearings is revealed with pertinent mathematical exercises. There is an explanation of how bearings fail, how bearing life is calculated, and why bearing life is expressed as a probability number. An excellent example is given of how graphical analysis can be used to determine preload and deflection of two angular contact ball bearings that are used to improve the precision of a machine tool spindle. Finally, complete discussions are given on the various types of closures (seals) that are available and how they aid the performance of ball bearings. Detailed information is given for the materials that are used in ball bearing components with a chart showing the temperature limitations of each. An innovative graph is included that can be used to calculate the oil viscosity needed for most ball bearing applications.


This 2 PDH online course is intended for mechanical engineers, aeronautical engineers, automotive engineers, design engineers, and any other discipline involved in the design of gears in machines or mechanical power transmission.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding the role that ABEC has in establishing standards for ball bearings
  • Learning about the advantages of using the three different kinds of ball bearings
  • Learning how Hertz compressive stress is used in the design of ball bearings
  • Understanding what effect ball diameter has on the rated capacity of ball bearings
  • Understanding why ball bearing life is given as a probability number
  • Learning how preloading ball bearings improves the precision of spindle bearings
  • Learning how closures (seals) are used to improve bearing performance
  • Knowing the special qualities needed for ball bearing raw materials
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "Ball Bearing Design".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Ball Bearing Design (2.9 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions to earn 2 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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