Last month I attended the inauguration of the SKF University Technology Centre for Steels in Cambridge. Working in a genuine partnership, and with involvement from several other world-leading companies, SKF and the University of Cambridge intend to obtain and develop the necessary knowledge for designing the next generation of bearing steels.
In fact the UTC was established in 2009 and it has already achieved remarkable results - such as the development and production in tonnage quantities of the world's first bulk nanocrystalline metal. This superbainitic steel does not require expensive alloying elements, processing or heat treatments, and it can be made large in three dimensions and in large quantities.
This new bearing steel looks very promising, being characterised by extremely high strength, ductility and exceptional resistance to fatigue. We can therefore look forward to next-generation bearings with significantly higher performance and/or longer life.
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