Effects of pulsed magnetic field on thrust bearing washer hardness

Jesse Bockstedt, Barney E. Klamecki

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Magnetic treatment has been shown to be capable of altering mechanical properties of materials. Since the behavior of tribological systems depends on the mechanical characteristics of the interacting bodies, applying a magnetic field to an operating tribological system is a potential means for controlling system behavior. As a measure of the effects of applied magnetic fields on tribological processes the micro-hardness of ferromagnetic steel thrust bearing washers was measured for washers before and after being run under no-field and applied magnetic field conditions. Analyses of the data showed statistically significant effects. For the specific test conditions used, micro-hardness increased by approximately 5% for bearings run under no-field conditions. For bearings run under pulsed magnetic fields washer hardness decreased by approximately 9%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1086-1096
Number of pages11
Issue number9-10
StatePublished - Apr 10 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Magnetic field
  • Rolling contact bearing
  • Tribological system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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