Equipment Reliability curtailment due to brinelling of rotating equipment

Peter Muganyi, Charles Mbohwa

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Industrial equipment's reliability is affected by various aspects, but the fact that over 90% of industrial equipment utilize rolling element bearings makes the reliability of bearings of crucial significance to the overall equipment reliability in industrial plants. One of the major causes of failures for rolling element bearings is brinelling. Rotating equipment are prone to the impacts of true and false brinelling, and the industrial impact of brinelling has compelled bearing manufacturers to research extensively on ways to minimize the impact of brinelling on industrial equipment. Recently, there is an upsurge of patented greases and equipment designs all done with the objective to minimize or eliminate the effect of true and false brinelling on industrial rotating equipment. This research was carried out to evaluate the measures applicable to curtail the effects of brinelling on rotating equipment reliability. Literature review was carried out to reveal measures necessary to prevent or alleviate the impact of brinelling on rotating equipment and then followed by a survey to ascertain industrial practices relevant to preventing brinelling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1180-1190
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
Issue numberOCT
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventIEOM Bogota Conference / 1st South American Congress 2017 - Bogota, Colombia
Duration: 25 Oct 201626 Oct 2016


  • False brinelling
  • Fretting corrosion
  • Indentation
  • Rotating equipment
  • True brinelling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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