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Polycrystalline diamond is an extremely wear resistant material that can be used to protect drilling tool components from abrasive wear caused by contact between the exterior of the tool and the bore-hole wall.Wear and Custom Applications
PCD Bearings for Thrust Loads
Polycrystalline Diamond (PCD) thrust bearings are comprised of a series of PCD inserts assembled (usually by brazing) in carrier rings. A typical PCD thrust bearing set includes a rotating and stationary bearing ring. These two rings oppose each other with the planar PCD surface of one ring in direct contact with the PCD surface of the mating ring.
During operation, the PCD surfaces of the rotating and stationary rings rub against each other. This rubbing contact exhibits very low friction (typically between 0.05 and 0.07). At higher speeds, the friction in PCD bearings can be further reduced as the bearings transition to mixed lubrication and even hydrodynamic lubrication regimes. Hydrodynamic lubrication occurs when a thin film of fluid separates the opposing bearing surfaces, resulting in very low friction coefficients. Laboratory tests conducted by US Synthetic have measured friction coefficients below 0.01 when hydrodynamic lubrication has been achieved.
The ultra-high hardness and strength of PCD allows US Synthetic Bearings' thrust bearings to sustain very high loads during operation. In addition, wearing at a very low rate, results in the PCD bearings lasting from 1000 hours to many years, depending on the application. PCD thrust bearings are ideally suited for process-fluid-lubricated applications, particularly those where abrasive particles are present in the fluid. The PCD inserts used by US Synthetic Bearings also utilizes the highest quality steel grade available.
PCD Bearing Capabilities:
- Specific loads in excess of 22,000 psi (152 MPa)
- Speeds from 1 rpm to more than 6000 rpm
- Wear rates less than 0.0004 inches/1000 hours (0.01 mm/1000 hours)
- Friction coefficients from 0.07 to less than 0.01
US Synthetic Bearings' thrust bearings are typically custom designed for each application. US Synthetic Bearing’s engineering team can create a specific design for each customers' application and provide performance estimates. Contact us for more information.