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BFA - Bearing Failure Analysis


Fifteen percent of premature bearing failures are due to poor fitting and 40 percent due to inadequate lubrication or contamination.
As most technical material and other training programs discuss bearings in ideal environments, this course is focused on providing a wealth of practical “best practice” advice to help you understand the issues you’ll encounter in the real world.
This course provides participants with a fundamental understanding of both rolling element and journal bearing failures and their causes. 
The training is relevant to personnel working in maintenance, operations, condition monitoring, mechanical workshops and all personnel involved in reliability.
This course also covers foundations for Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA); Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA); maintenance and design as part of a successful proactive and precision maintenance strategy.

Bring your own failed bearing to the course!   

Course Duration:

2 days


Rolling element bearings
  • Wear patterns and their cause
  • ISO 15243 — Failure mode and causes
  • Fatigue damage, wear damage, fracture damage and cage damage
  • Corrosion
  • Electrical damage
  • Plastic deformation
Plain bearings
  • ISO 12132 plain bearings failure modes
  • Fatigue and contamination
  • Insufficient oil film thickness
  • Excessive scuffing and localised wear
  • Fretting and general corrosion
  • Cavitation
Who Should Attend
  • Fitters
  • Condition monitoring technicians and engineers
  • Rotating equipment, maintenance and reliability engineers
  • Maintenance personnel & supervisors
  • Workshop supervisors

Learning outcomes:

  • Understating of normal and abnormal wear patterns of bearings
  • Recognition of bearing failure caused by misalignment, unbalance, incorrect bearing applications (associated components tolerances and forms), incorrect installation
  • Understanding why and how bearings fail in operation