Graphite bearings

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Graphite bearings

Postby MarkS » Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:15 pm

I was wondering if anyone had thought of or tried making hornblock bearings out of graphite. I am aware of Ted S. using ball races, but would graphite be just too brittle in this application?
You certainly would not have to lubricate it.

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Re: Graphite bearings

Postby David Knight » Fri Oct 28, 2011 11:15 pm

Hi Mark,

Graphite, even the harder varieties, it too soft for the job AFAIK although it does get used for brushes doesn't it? Self lubricating/porous bronze OTOH might be an option but I don't know of any sources.



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Re: Graphite bearings

Postby Terry Bendall » Sat Oct 29, 2011 7:11 am

Graphite could be used for bearings, since it has self lubricating qualities, but in the sizes that we want I think it would be too brittle and machining would not be easy. In engineering phosphor bronze is used to make plain bearings. The composition can vary but a typical phosphor bronze would contain between 4% - 12% tin, 0.15 - 0.5% phosphorous and the rest is copper. The greater the tin content the better the bearing qualities.

Phosphor bronse in small sizes can be obtained from Maidstone Engineering, 5 Larkstore Park, Lodge Road, Staplehust, Kent. TN12 0QY 01580 890066.

Mind you, for our size of work, I am not convinces that there are any significant advantages over brass.

Terry Bendall

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