A Dynamic capacity for oscillating rolling bearings was published in 1968 and correlated with available laboratory fatigue life data. That development of the Dynamic Capacity extended the classic fatigue life theory of Lundberg and Palmgren (1947 and 1952) to oscillating rolling bearings. The calculation of the Dynamic Capacity is simplified as a modification of present ABMA and ISO load rating and life standards for continuously rotating rolling bearings. The simplified formulas agree with the Harris, 1991, text book formulation for oscillation amplitudes (greater than the critical amplitude) which cause an overlapping of stressed contact areas by adjacent rolling elements. Oscillation amplitudes less than the critical amplitude result in separate, discrete contact areas on each raceway. Use of the Harris equations will lead to overestimation of the fatigue for oscillation amplitudes which are less than the critical amplitude.

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