Hybrid Bearing Designs

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Looking for enhanced lifetimes with extreme temperatures and speeds? Then the following engineer’s guide to designing hybrid bearings is for you.


Within the article, we will explore the advantages and disadvantages of hybrid bearings and discuss specialist dry-film lubricants. We will end with some examples of innovative applications already utilising hybrid bearings.


Firstly, we will define the difference between bearings and ceramic bearings. For the purposes of this article ceramic bearings have both ceramic rings and ceramic rolling elements, whereas hybrid bearings are a composite assembly of metallic rings and ceramic rolling elements


Hybrid bearings have many advantages that set them distinctly apart from conventional steel bearings. Although, they also come with drawbacks that should be taken into account. We will begin by looking at the advantages.



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