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nstitute for Machine Design and Tribology, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University of Hanover
10.12.2021 | Research, Publications

Research report published: Rolling bearing greases in robot technology

With the widespread use of robots in industry, more and more bearings are operating under oscillating conditions with grease lubrication.

The BMWi has funded a research project in which the behaviour of lubricating greases in oscillating bearing operation was investigated. This mode of operation places requirements on the lubrication system that differ significantly from those for rotating operation. In order to determine the decisive influencing factors on the suitability of a grease for oscillating operation, the greases were investigated with regard to their rheological properties and examined in rolling bearings and model contacts. The focus was on identifying a correlation between the rheological parameters and the real behaviour in the bearing.

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Institute for Machine Design and Tribology, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University of Hanover

Institute for Tribology and Energy Conversion Machines, TU Clausthal


Research Association for Drive Technology e.V.


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810 Prediction of the suitability of rolling bearing greases in robot technology

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The IGF project (20170 N) of the research association DGMK Deutsche Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Erdöl, Erdgas und Kohle e.V., Überseering 40, 22297 Hamburg was funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy via the AiF within the framework of the programme for the promotion of joint industrial research (IGF) on the basis of a resolution of the German Bundestag.