By far the largest number of Tufcot® bearings produced are of the plain bearing type. The range of sizes we can manufacture is from as small as 8 mm id to over 1 metre. We have a full range of material grades engineered to suit a very wide range of applications.
High load low speed either dry running, grease lubricated, running in water or immersed in other mediums. High speed low load typically running in water or oil. In many instances Tufcot composite bearings can replace conventional metal bearings and offer significant performance advantages in operation.
In many applications where small axial loads have to be accommodated bearings can be manufactured incorporating flanges to take the axial forces. Machined in one piece from tube these bearings are capable of withstanding axial forces of up to 40 N/mm2 .
Where higher axial loads are encountered or exceptionally large diameter flange faces are required, fabrication of the bearing with a flange face manufactured from sheet material can be easily produced.
These bearings are normally used between rotating parts to prevent metal to metal contact.
Thrust bearings and thrust washers can support higher axial loads – finding use in many application areas such as, marine, offshore oil and gas, hydro power generation, rail construction equipment and many more.
The application for these bearings is in the name. Bridge bearings and Structural bearings allow controlled movement to reduce stress on the bridge pillars, foundations or supporting structure of the bridge or buildings.
There are a number of different designs of both bridge bearings and structural bearings that can be manufactured in our Tufcot® composite materials. Applications for these types bearings can be found on bridges, walk ways, in buildings and many other structures.
The various designs of Tufcot composite spherical bearings make them effective in situations and environments where conventional spherical bearings are either unsuitable or not desirable.
Our manufacturing and design capability offers a wide range of standard dimension designs or bespoke bearing possibilities, such as, all composite construction, composite housing and stainless ball, composite housing and stainless ball with a composite bearing fitted in the ball or steel housing and composite ball.