The most effective way to fix the fitting surfaces between a NTN bearing's raceway and shaft or housing is to apply a "tight fit." The advantage of this tight fit for thin walled bearings is that it provides uniform load support over the entire ring circumference without any loss of load carrying capacity. However, with a tight fit, ease of installation and disassembly is lost; and when using a non-separable bearing as the floating-side bearing, axial displacement is not possible. For this reason, a tight fit cannot be recommended in all cases.
The necessity of a proper fit
In some cases, improper fit may lead to damage and shorten bearing life, therefore it is necessary to make a careful investigation in selecting a proper fit. Some of the NTN bearing failure caused by improper fit are listed below.
Raceway cracking, early flaking and displacement of raceway
Raceway and shaft or housing abrasion caused by creeping and fretting corrosion
Seizing caused by negative internal clearances
Increased noise and deteriorated rotational accuracy due to raceway groove deformation