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iglide® A181 - Material data

Material table

Genera l features Unit iglide® A181 test method
Density g/cm³ 1,38
Color blue
Max. humidity absorption at 73°F/50% R. H. % weight 0,2 DIN 53495
Max. water absorption % weight 1,3
Coefficient of surface friction, dynamic, against steel µ 0,10 - 0,21
pv values (dry) MPa x m/s 0,31

Mechanical properties
Bending E-module MPa 1.913 DIN 53457
Tensile strength at +68 °F MPa 48 DIN 53452
compressive strength MPa 60
Maximum recommended surface pressure (68° F) MPa 31
Shore D-hardness 76 DIN 53505

Physical and thermal properties
Max. long term application temperature °F +194
Max. short term application temperature °F +230
Minimum application temperature °F -58
thermal / heat conductivity [W/m x K] 0,25 ASTM C 177
Coefficient of thermal expansion (at 73° F) [K-1 x 10-5] 11 DIN 53752

Electrical properties
Specific forward resistance Ωcm < 1012 DIN IEC 93
surface resistance Ω < 1012 DIN 53482
Table 01: Material properties


Fig. 01: Permitted PV values for iglide® A181 plain bearings with 1 mm wall thickness in dry-running operation against a steel shaft, at +20°C, installed in a steel housing
X = gliding speed [m/s]
Y = load [MPa]

Due to their technical characteristics and compliance with applicable regulations, iglide® A181 plain bearings are predestined for use in food technology applications. Directly comparable to iglide® A180 with respect to temperature and media resistance, iglide® A181 represents yet another improvement with respect to wear resistance in most applications.

Chart Figure 02: Maximum recommended surface pressure dependent on the temperature (31 MPa to +20 °C)
X = Temperature [°C]
Y = Load [MPa]
Chart Figure 03: Deformation under load and temperatures
X = Load [MPa]
Y = Deformation [%]

Mechanical properties

With increasing temperatures, the compressive strength of iglide® A181 plain bearings decreases. Fig. 02 clarifies this connection. Maximum recommended surface pressure represents a mechanical material parameter. Tribological conclusions cannot be drawn from it.
Figure 03 shows the elastic deformation of iglide® A181 with radial loads.

m/s Rotary Oscillating Linear
Constant 0,8 0,6 3,5
Short-term 1,2 1,0 5,0
Table 02: Maximum surface speeds

Permitted surface speeds

iglide® A181 is developed for low surface speeds. Maximum speeds up to 0.8 m/s (rotating) and 3.5 m/s (linear) respectively are permitted for continuous application in dry operation. The values specified in Table 02 state the limits to which the long-term permitted temperature rises due to friction heat. In practice these limit values are not always reached due to interactions.

iglide® A181 Application temperature
Lower - 58 °F
Upper, long-term + 194 °F
Upper, short-term + 230 °F
Secure axially in addition + 140 °F
Table 03: Temperature limits


The upper long-term application temperature of +194°F allows for a variety of applications in the food industry. As Fig. 02 shows, the compressive strength decreases with increasing temperatures. The additional friction heat in the bearing system should be considered in the temperature observations. An additional securing is recommended at temperatures higher than +140°F.

Chart Figure 04: Coefficients of friction dependent on the surface speed, p = 1 MPa
X = Sliding speed [m/s]
Y = Coefficient of friction μ
Chart Figure 05: Coefficients of friction dependent on the load, v = 0,01 m/s
X = Load [MPa]
Y = Coefficient of friction μ

Friction and wear

Coefficient of friction and wear resistance alter with the application parameters(Fig. 04 and 05). In the iglide® A181 plain bearings, the alteration of the friction coefficient µ dependent on surface speed and the shaft's surface finish is only negligently pronounced.
iglide® A181 Dry Grease Oil Water
Coefficients of friction µ 0,10 - 0,21 0,08 0,03 0,04

Table 04: Coefficients of friction against steel (Ra = 1 µm, 50 HRC)

Fig. 06: Wear, rotating application with various Figure 06: Wear, rotating application with different shaft materials, p = 1 MPa, v = 0,3 m/s
X = Shaft material
Y = Wear [μm/km]
A = Aluminum, hard-anodized
B = machining steel
C = Cf53
D = Cf53, hard chrome-plated
E = St37
F = V2A
G = X90

Shaft materials

Figure 06 displays a summary of the results of tests with different shaft materials, which were conducted with iglide® A181 plain bearings. Special emphasis is given to the corrosion-resistant shaft types in the food industry. Fig. 06 shows that low wear rates can be achieved especially in combination with these shafts. As in many iglide® materials, the wear rate increases in rotation with otherwise identical parameters (Fig. 07).
Fig. 07: Wear in oscillating and rotating Fig. 07: Wear in oscillating and rotating applications with Cf53 shaft material depending
A = rotating
B = oscillating on the load
X = load [MPa]
Y = wear [μm/km]

Medium Resistance
Alcohols +
Hydrocarbons +
Greases, oils without additives +
Fuels +
Diluted acids 0 to -
Strong acids -
Diluted bases +
Strong bases + to 0
+ resistant      0 limited resistance      - unresistant
All specifications at room temperature[+20 °C]
Table 05: resistant to chemicals

Electrical properties

Specific forward resistance < 1012 Ωcm
Surface resistance < 1012 Ω
iglide® A181 bearings are electrically insulating.

Chemical resistance

iglide® A181 bearings can be used under various environmental conditions and in contact with numerous chemicals. Table 05 gives an overview of the chemical resistance of iglide® A181 bearings at room temperature.

Radioactive rays

iglide® A181 bearings are radiation resistant up to a radioactive intensity of 2 · 10² Gy.


iglide® A181 bearings are permanently resistant against UV rays.


In application in vacuum, the potentially existent moisture content is degassed. For this reason only dry bearings are suitable for vacuum.

Maximum moisture absorption
by +73 °F/50 % r. F. 0,2 weight-%
Max. water absorption 1,3 weight-%
Table 06: Moisture absorption

Moisture absorption

The iglide® A181 bearings absorb up to 0.2% water through atmospheric humidity (+73°F, 50% relative atmospheric humidity), when saturated with water they absorb 1.3%.

d1 [mm]
h9 [mm]
iglide® A181
F10 [mm]
Housing H7
Up to 3 0 - 0,025 +0,014 +0,054 0 +0,010
> 3 to 6 0 - 0,030 +0,020 +0,068 0 +0,012
> 6 to 10 0 - 0,036 +0,025 +0,083 0 +0,015
> 10 to 18 0 - 0,043 +0,032 +0,102 0 +0,018
> 18 to 30 0 - 0,052 +0,040 +0,124 0 +0,021
> 30 to 50 0 - 0,062 +0,050 +0,150 0 +0,025
> 50 to 80 0 - 0,074 +0,060 +0,180 0 +0,030
> 80 to 120 0 - 0,087 +0,072 +0,212 0 +0,035
> 120 to 180 0 - 0,100 +0,085 +0,245 0 +0,040

Table 07: Important tolerances iaw. ISO 3547-1 after press-fitting.

Installation tolerances

iglide® A181- bearings are standard bearings for shafts with h-tolerance (recommended minimum h9). The bearings are designed for press-fit in a housing with h7 tolerance. After the installation in a housing with nominal diameter, the inner diameter of the bearing automatically adjusts to the E10 tolerance.

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