An Experimental Investigation into Bearing-Induced Spindle Vibration

R. Aini, H. Rahnejat, R. Gohar

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This paper describes experiments carried out to investigate the frequency response of a grinding machine tool spindle supported by preloaded angular-contact ball bearings. The experimental apparatus includes a loading device to simulate grinding head radial loads. The frequency spectra obtained show bands of frequencies associated with the ball passage frequency. The spectra also include bounce and rocking vibration modes of the assembly, where the supporting bearings act as non-linear springs. Good correlation of the dominant frequencies was obtained with the results of the theoretical models published elsewhere.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-114
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes



  • angular-contact ball bearings
  • frequency response
  • machine tool spindle
  • static and dynamic stiffnesses
  • vibration behaviour

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering

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