A customer is constructing a solar energy system, where its moving solar panels follow the sun. To identify a suitable pillow block bearing for the pivoting movement of bearing points, the application was reproduced on the universal test bench in the igus® test laboratory.
The goal of the test series was to determine for the customer the most wear-resistant pairing of shaft and iglide® material.
The test was carried out under the following test parameters:
Shaft material: V2A steel and galvanized steel
Bearing: igubal® pillow block bearing with spherical balls made of iglide® L280, J, and J4
Load: 725 psi
Pivoting angle: +/- 75°
Speed: 10 cycles/min
With a wear rate of 30.88 µm/km the pairing of iglide® J4 with a shaft made of galvanized steel is the solution with the least wear. It should be mentioned that there was hardly any wear on the galvanized surface of the shaft. The spherical balls made of iglide® J4 is very gentle on the shaft, whereby the rust protection is maintained for a long time.