This course is intended to provide an understanding of bearing configuration, construction materials and modern design practices for a range of bearing types.  Read more Read less

In addition the general aims of the programme include:

To develop a confidence in recognising and defining real engineering problems.

To develop the skills and knowledge required to create, design, develop and oversee manufacture of engineering products within functional, financial and customer restraints.

To develop communication skills for both formal presentations and for verbal reasoning during inter-group discussions.

To make use of library and computer facilities to maximum benefit.

To take cognizance of design guides, standards, codes of practice, European Directives, and other authoritative publications during the design and development process.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield Campus
  • Cost£1,700

What you will learn

On successful completion of this study the student should be able to:

Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the constructional and design features of the main types of bearings and of their physical working principles

Be able to apply in a technically rigorous manner the appropriate theories and techniques to design  a range of technically and commercially viable bearings for a number of important applications

Make critical observations over proposed or design solutions and relate these to potential, or actual, bearing failure modes

Demonstrate the ability to recommend remedial action when confronted with bearing failures which equipment managers are likely to encounter in their professional practice.

Core content

  • Rolling Contact bearings, types, applicable theories, sizing methodology
  • Stress in RC bearings, Hertzian contact, fatigue theories
  • Fatigue rating life, failure probability
  • Static and dynamic loading, minimum loading, friction effects
  • RC bearings lubrication, lubrication regimes, lubrication types
  • RC bearing failures
  • Journal bearings, Reynolds equation
  • Long and short bearing approximations
  • Alternative design methods
  • Hydrostatic bearings
  • Effects of bearings on rotordynamics.


Dr Joao Amaral Teixeira is the Course Tutor. His current research activities include numerical analysis of turbines for OWCs and for tidal flows, investigations of gas seals, heat transfer in air cooled gas turbines and low speed turbomachinery applications. Past work includes purge flows in pyrometers, analysis of pumping rings for mechanical seal applications, pressure pulsations and close valve physics in centrifugal pumps.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

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Location address

Cranfield University
College Road 
MK43 0AL

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