New SAE International Book Explores Bearing Technology

Oct 31, 2012, 10:29 ET from SAE International

WARRENDALE, Pa., Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SAE International offers a unique fusion of theoretical and practical knowledge of hydrodynamic bearings in its new book, "Changes in Plain Bearing Technology."

Authored by Rolf Koring, the book draws from years of experience in design development, materials selection, and their correlation to real-life part failure. "Changes in Plain Bearing Technology" tackles the highly complex issue of component failure and addresses the basics of hydrodynamic plain bearings while shedding new light on the performance of compound materials, including the limits of measurable fatigue strength, the lining materials of the future and damage evaluation.

This new book questions accepted test results and looks at alternative material compounds and their application suitability. The process, which leads to innovative answers on how the technology is transforming itself to respond to new market requirements, shows how interdisciplinary thinking can recognize new potential in long-established industrial modus operandi.

Titles include:

  • The Hydrodynamic Plain Bearing and its Advantages
  • Backing Materials
  • Lining Materials
  • Compound Material, the Great Unknown
  • Investigations on Test Rigs
  • New Conclusions Relating to Compound Materials for Plain Bearings
  • Preconditions for the Surface Lining of Plain Bearings
  • The Lining of Plain Bearings
  • The Quality Standards for Plain Bearings
  • Plain Bearing Assembly and Operation
  • Plain Bearing Damage
  • The Future of Plain Bearings

Koring studied mechanical engineering sciences at the University Duisburg. Upon graduation, and for the following 17 years, he performed static and dynamic analyses on steel structures for bridges and power plants, eventually specializing in damage analysis and refurbishment. Since 1990, he has been involved in the area of plain bearings, focusing on metallurgy, new technologies, and damage analysis. He first worked at Th. Goldschmidt AG, Essen and, from 1998 on, at ECKA Granulate GmbH, where he became the head of the company's Plain Bearing Technology unit.

In 2002, he founded the VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen und Anlagenbaun) working group on plain bearings, having also become its chairman. His international experience, both at the manufacturing and end-user levels, provides him with deep insight into the challenges faced by those in the same field. 

Book Details

  • Published By: SAE International
  • Published: November 2012
  • Pages: 230
  • Binding: Softbound
  • Product Code: R-420
  • ISBN: 978-0-7680-7724-7

Price: $76.50 List, $68.00-$76.50 SAE Member (This is a special pre-publication price. Once the book is published, the list price will be $85.00.)

For more information, including free front and back matter, or to order "Changes in Plain Bearing Technology," visit:

To request an electronic review copy of the book, email . Forward published reviews to Shawn Andreassi at or SAE International, 400 Commonwealth Dr., Warrendale PA, 15096-0001, to receive a print copy of the book or another equivalent SAE International book.

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