An analysis of double arched ball bearing which considers centrifugal forces and gyroscopic effects is performed. Based on operating conditions of a 5 DOF inner ring and Coulomb friction model, the conventional bearing theory is extended from 2 to 3 or 4 contact points. The commonly control criterion of ball bearing by the inner or outer raceway is debatable and is known to fit with difficulty with experimental data. In addition when more than two contact points are involved it becomes obsolete. The paper presents a mathematical model to describe the complex ball bearing internal kinematics under the effect of the external working conditions. Lubricant thickness is taken into account in geometrical equations and the non-linear system of this quasi-static model is solved by a Newton-Raphson method. The 3D model is first validated through comparisons with published data for conventional or single arched ball bearings. Results are also compared to those provided by the commercial software RBL4. The analysis of a double arched ball bearing is finally performed and the complex motion of the ball highlighted.

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