LUBRON TR slide bearings consist of PTFE resin sheets bonded to either/or a combination of carbon steel, stainless steel, elastomer or fabric substrates. LUBRON TR bearings often provide a low cost alternative for applications with operating loads up to 2000 psi, and are also available reinforced with up to 25% glass fillers for higher loads.

Bearing Types:

  • Expansion Bearing Plates
  • Radial Bearing Plates
  • Spherical Bearing Plates

Application Types:

  • Architectural
  • Industrial
  • Infrastructure
  • Power Generation

Lubron TR slide bearings offer a simple and economic solution for most moderate load bearing requirements. LUBRON TR slide bearings are self-lubricating and maintenance-free, and are designed to provide low coefficient of friction to accommodate thermal, mechanical and seismic movement.

LUBRON TR slide bearing assemblies consist of an upper and a lower bearing component, and are available in sets of PTFE/PTFE or PTFE/SS.

PTFE/PTFE Slide Bearings

Upper and lower PTFE bearing components are capable of sliding movement unrestricted in any single plane direction.

Both PTFE bearing components consist of a PTFE resin sheet bonded to either carbon steel, stainless steel, elastomer or fabric pads.

PTFE/SS Slide Bearings

Upper stainless steel component and lower PTFE bearing component are capable of sliding movement unrestricted in any single plane direction.

The upper sole plate component typically consists of a 1/8" (3.2 mm) thick ASTM A240 Type 304 stainless steel sheet full perimeter welded to carbon steel. The sole plate sliding surface shall be polished to a maximum 10 microinch (0.25 micrometer) finish.

The lower PTFE bearing component consist of a PTFE resin sheet permanently bonded to either carbon steel, stainless steel, elastomer or fabric pads. Lubron TR PTFE bearing components may be procured separately, although we strongly recommend purchasing both the upper and lower components to assure optimum performance and reliability.

 

LOAD CAPACITY

LUBRON TR slide bearings are designed to accommodate bearing loads up to 2 ksi (13.8 MPa). For higher loads, the addition of 15% or 25% glass fibers greatly improves the mechanical properties of PTFE, resulting in higher compressive strength, greater dimensional stability and improved wear resistance. Stainless steel sole plate are also recommended for higher load applications.

 

COEFFICIENT OF FRICTION

LUBRON TR slide bearings typically exhibit coefficients of friction of less than 6.0%, depending on the bearing load, temperature, velocity, finish and hardness of the mating surface. The static coefficient of friction is only slightly higher than the dynamic value, minimizing stick-slip.

 

SHEAR RESISTANCE

LUBRON TR PTFE resin sheet is permanently bonded to the substrate surface, and will resist a minimum 25% of the allowable vertical load in horizontal shear between the adhering elements as tested in accordance with Federal Specification MMM-A-175 Method 1033. 

 

THERMAL CAPABILITES

Lubron TR bearings have excellent thermal stability and are recommended for continuous operation from -360ºF (-218ºC) to 500ºF (260ºC). The coefficient of friction generally decreases slightly with an increase in surface temperature. Load capacity will decrease with an increase in temperature. For elevated temperatures, the maximum allowable bearing pressure must be considered when sizing the slide bearing components.

 

CHEMICAL RESISTANCE

PTFE sliding surfaces are essentially chemically inert and virtually unaffected by solvents, fuels and reagents.

 

PHYSICAL PROPERTIES

The physical property limits for PTFE resin sheet shall satisfy the following AASHTO requirements at 68ºF (20ºC):

Properties Unfilled PTFE (ASTM/Value) 15% Glass-Filled PTFE (ASTM/Value) 25% Glass-Filled PTFE (ASTM/Value)
Tensile Strength(psi): ASTM:2800

Value:D1457

ASTM:2000

Value:D1457

ASTM:2000

Value:D1457

Elongation(%): ASTM:200

Value: D1457

ASTM:150

Value:D1457

ASTM:150

Value:D1457

Specific Gravity: ASTM: 2.16

Value: D792

ASTM: 2.20

Value: D792

ASTM: 2.20

Value: D792

Melting Point(℉): ASTM:623

Value:D1457

ASTM:621

Value:D1457

ASTM:621

Value:D1457

Static C.O.F.@

500 psi:

1000 psi:

2000 psi:

3000 psi:

.08

.07

.05

(N/A)

.24

.17

.09

.06

.24

.17

.09

.06

 

DESIGN PARAMETERS

LUBRON TR slide bearings shall be designed in accordance with the following requirements unless otherwise specified by the Project Plans, Specifications and Special Provisions:                  

  • Slide bearings shall accommodate the maximum total vertical load required unless otherwise specified. Maximum vertical load is assumed to be the total dead and live loads.
  • The projected area of the smallest PTFE surface shall be designed for a working stress under full vertical load unless otherwise specified.
  • Slide bearings shall be designed to resist the maximum horizontal load, or at least 10% of the maximum vertical load, unless otherwise specified. 
  • Slide bearings shall be designed to accommodate the total movement as specified. Sole plates shall completely cover the PTFE bearing component in all longitudinal and lateral operating positions with a minimum 1/2" (12.7 mm) distance from the edge of the sole plate sliding surface to the edge of the bearing plate for every direction of movement.
     

SIZING GUIDE

To accommodate maximum horizontal movement, the required upper bearing plate or stainless steel sole plate size for standard bearing plate sizes can be determined using the following table. Using the appropriate bearing design load and maximum vertical load, select the proper lower bearing plate size and corresponding upper plate or sole plate size. The maximum bearing movement, dimensions "E" and "F", must be added to dimensions "C" and "D" respectively.

 

MATERIALS

All materials used in the manufacture of LUBRON TR slide bearings shall meet the following requirements unless otherwise specified in the Project Plans, Specifications and Special Provisions:

  • Structural steel plate shall conform to the requirements of ASTM A36, ASTM A709 Grade 36 (250), ASTM A709 Grade 50 (345), ASTM A572 Grade 50 (345), ASTM A709 Grade 50W (345W) or ASTM A588 Grade A.
  • Stainless steel sheet shall conform to the requirements of ASTM A240. Type 304 or Type 316 with a mirror finish not exceeding 10 microinches (0.25 micrometers).
  • PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) surfaces shall consist of either unfilled PTFE, 15% or 25% glass-filled PTFE resin made from 100% virgin (not reprocessed) PTFE meeting the requirements of ASTM

 Designation D4894 (superceding ASTM Designation D1457). The PTFE resin sheet shall have a minimum thickness of 1/16" (1.6 mm) and a maximum thickness of 1/8" (3.2 mm).

 

BONDING

LUBRON TR slide bearings are bonded using high strength, heat-resistant, non-corroding, insoluble epoxy resin adhesives applied under factory controlled heat and pressure. Backing plates shall be dry abrasive blasted prior to boding in accordance with the requirements of SSPC-SP10 "Near-White Blast Cleaning". The PTFE bearing sliding surfaces shall be smooth and uniform in appearance, and shall show no evidence of any proturberance, delamination of other imperfections.

 

WELDING

Shop welding of stainless steel sole plate components shall be performed in accordance with the requirements of ANSI/AASHTO/AWS D1.1, AWS D1.5 or AWS D1.6 unless otherwise specified.

 

CORROSION PROTECTION

Corrosion protection including painting and metallic coating of all exposed carbon steel surfaces shall be performed in accordance with Project Plans, Specifications and Special Provisions.

 

INSTALLATION

Recommended installation instructions are included with every shipment of LUBRON TR slide bearings. The larger sole plate or slide bearing component should be installed in the upper position and fully cover the smaller slide bearing component in every direction of movement. Welding of the slide bearing component in every direction of movement. Welding of the slide bearing components shall be permitted provided temperatures of the bonded area do not exceed 300ºF (150ºC). LUBRON TR slide bearings can be stitch welded along the perimeter of the backing plate. If full seam welding is desired, the slide bearing plates are available with the PTFE recessed 1/4" from the edges of the backing plate.

LUBRON TR slide bearings can be furnished with drilled circular or slotted holes to accommodate bolting through the entire assembly. For cast-in-place concrete applications, LUBRON TR slide bearings can be supplied with anchor studs welded to the sliding surfaces must be maintained clean and free of dirt, grit and other contaminates which could effect the performance or service life of the bearing assembly.

SUPPLEMENTAL LUBRICATION

For lower coefficient of friction applications, LUBRON TR slide bearing surfaces can be furnished with dimpled recesses to accommodate supplementary grease lubrication. Silicon grease conforming to Military Specification MIL-S-8660 is generally recommended for most structural applications.

 

TESTING

Slide bearing assemblies shall be tested if required in full compliance with the Project Plans, Specifications and Special Provisions. Testing shall be performed in-house or by an independent testing laboratory subject to the approval of the Project Engineer. Bearings which do not fully satisfy all the testing and inspection requirements shall be replaced or repaired to the satisfaction of the Project Engineer.

 

QUALITY ASSURANCE

Quality Assurance requirements for the manufacture and inspection of slide bearing assemblies shall be in strict accordance with the requirements ISO 9002. Every phase of manufacture shall be monitored by Quality Control personnel to ensure that all materials and workmanship meet or exceed the requirements of the Project Plans, Specifications and Special Provisions.

 

ENGINEERING SERVICES

We offer a variety of engineering services from the selection of bearing materials to in-house testing of bearing assemblies to simulate load, movement, velocity, temperature and other environmental conditions present during the actual operation of LUBRON TR bearings. Bearing design, AutoCAD drawing preparation, testing, consulting and on-site engineering services are available upon request.

 

GUARANTEED PERFORMANCE

Our leadership and reputation for service and product knowledge has been achieved through a strong commitment to total customer satisfaction. Every LUBRON TR bearing is guaranteed to perform reliably and trouble-free, and every effort will be made to accommodate our customer's delivery requirements within the shortest time possible.

LUBRON SL

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LUBRON TF

LUBRON TF woven PTFE fiber bearings are designed to provide the lowest possible coefficient of friction for high load structural applications. Interwoven with secondary glass fibers and bonded under pressure and temperature to carbon steel or stainless steel substrates, LUBRON TF bearings are capable of static loads up to 60,000 psi.

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LUBRON TR

LUBRON TR resin slide bearings provide an economic alternative for low friction applications with loads up to 2,000 psi. LUBRON TR slide bearings consist of PTFE resin sheets bonded to either a combination of carbon steel, stainless steel, elastomer, or fabric pads. For higher loads, LUBRON TR bearings are also available reinforced with the addition up to 25% glass fibers.