How Subsurface Fatigue Leads to Bearing Failure
The health of bearings is integral to the overall health of machines and to the overall health of a plant. Bearings could be seen as the “sacrificial lambs” of a rotating machine. For many machines, their relationship to bearings is much like that of batteries to a remote control. As long as they are replaced before they fail and/or cause damage to other parts, the machine should enjoy a decent lifespan. Of course bearings are not the only things that wear, fatigue, and fail, but they are the primary causes of failure to many rotating machines.