Spherical roller bearings are double row, angularly adjustable bearings which can compensate angular misalignments due to the spherical outline of the outer ring raceway and the barrel-shaped rolling elements. They absorb very high radial as well as axial forces, but they are not suitable for high speed needs. Spherical roller bearings cannot be disassembled and are suitable for use with heavy shaft deflections and angular misalignments between bearing positions.


Dimensions and Tolerances

KRW supplies spherical roller bearings with normal tolerance (PN) in accordance to DIN 620-2 (Tolerances for roller bearings) and ISO 492 (Radial bearings - Dimensional and geometrical tolerances). All other deviating or special tolerances must be specified with the order.

Rolling Bearing Tolerances


The dimensions of the spherical roller bearings are standardised in DIN 635-2 (Rolling bearings – Radial spherical roller bearings), DIN 616 (Rolling bearings - Dimensions) or ISO 15 (Radial bearings - Boundary dimensions, general plan).


Bearing Design

Spherical roller bearings are two row, self-latching radial bearings that cannot be disassembled. They can absorb high radial forces as well as axial forces from both directions. Spherical roller bearings are available with cylindrical or tapered bore and are manufactured in three different designs depending on application needs.

The standard design by KRW (suffix: EA) is optimised for load carrying capacity. The double-chamber brass cage rests on the rolling elements that are guided by two outer flanges on the inner ring. Bearings with the suffix A have an additional solid centre flange. This design usually has a lower load rating, but it is significantly more suitable for applications with changing axial loads, high speeds or shock loads due to the additional guiding of rolling elements and cage.

Structure KRW Spherical roller bearing

Spherical roller bearing Type A (left), spherical roller bearing Type EA (right)




inner ring with centre flange and outer flanges; divided brass chamber cage


inner ring with outer flanges; brass double-chamber cage


Bearing Clearance

KRW supplies spherical roller bearings in normal clearance (CN) in accordance with DIN 620-4 (Rolling bearing tolerances) and ISO 5753-1 (Rolling bearings - Internal clearance), but they are also available in all clearance classes with restricted clearance or special clearance.

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KRW cages


By default, spherical roller bearings by KRW are equipped with a rolling element riding solid brass window-type cage (suffix: M). Other cage designs are available on request or chosen for specific applications and labelled accordingly on the bearing.


General Cage Information

Special Suffixes

AModified internal design, inner ring with two lateral retaining ribs and one central rib
EAModified internal design, inner ring with two lateral retaining ribs


Compensation of Angular Misalignments

Spherical roller bearings are suitable for compensation of misalignments between inner and outer bearing rings due to shaft deflections, angular errors and housing deformation. The maximal admissible angular misalignment with static and circulating inner ring is:


Spherical roller bearing seriesmax. angular misalignment
213, 222, 230, 239, 240, 2411,5°
223, 231, 232, 233

Deviating angles are available on request or custom-designed.

Compensation of angular misalignment in a spherical roller bearing


KRW distinguishes between kinematic limiting speed nG and thermal reference speed nth. The kinematic limiting speed is a practical mechanical limit value and is based on the mechanical fatigue strength of the rolling bearing as a function of its installation situation and lubrication. The limit speed must not be exceeded even under optimum operating conditions without prior consultation with KRW.

The thermal reference speed represents the equilibrium between the heat generated in the bearing by friction and the heat flow dissipated. It is standardised in DIN ISO 15312 (Rolling bearings - Thermal reference speed).

Admissible Operating Temperatures

The admissible operating temperature of a bearing is limited by cage material, dimensional stability of the bearing components (ball race and rolling elements), as well as lubrication. By default, KRW bearings are stabilised up to 200°C (S1). KRW provides roller bearings for higher operating temperatures on request.


General Information to Cage Material


For dynamically loaded bearings

The service life formula according to ISO 281 L10 = (C/P)p for dynamically loaded bearings requires an equivalent load (P) from constant direction and size. To calculate P, calculation factors and the ratio of axial and radial load are required.

Equivalent Dynamic Bearing Load P

The equivalent bearing service life for the single row spherical roller bearings depends on the ratio Fa/F. The equivalent dynamic bearing load can be determined using the following formula:

Pequivalent dynamic load[kN]
Frdynamic radial force[kN]
Fadynamic axial force[kN]
ecalculation factor (see bearing chart)[-]
Y1calculation factor (see bearing chart)[-]
Y2calculation factor (see bearing chart)[-]


For statically loaded bearings

Dynamic dimensioning loses its validity for bearings rotating at very low speeds (n x dm ≤ 4000 mm/min). The static load safety factor S0 is calculated as follows:

S0static load safety factor[-]
C0static load rating (from bearing chart)[kN]
P0 equivalent static bearing load[kN]
dmmean bearing diameter [dm = (D+d)/2][mm]


Static load capacity

F0rmax. radial static load[kN]
F0amax. axial static load[kN]
Y0calculation factor (see bearing chart)[-]

Minimum Radial Load

A minimum load is required for the reliable operation of a rolling bearing. If the minimum load is not reached, slippage may occur. The minimum radial load for spherical roller bearings is roughly assumed to be 1.25% of the static load rating C0 of the bearing. If the value falls below this value, please consult KRW Application Technology.




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