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I disagree. By "definition" a bearing is something that bears a
weight, if words mean anything.
I have heard railroaders use the 'friction bearing' term.
Terminology in the Cyclopedias is technical
and is intended for use by mech engineers machinists draftsman
and skilled maintenance and construction
workers so no doubt others made up their own terms that varied
by place and time.
On 7/4/2021 11:30 PM, D. Scott Chatfield wrote
But were they
using "friction bearing" to describe a type of journal bearing
or were they using it correctly to describe one type of side
is an oxymoron since a bearing by definition is an
As has been
pointed out to me in the past, plain journal bearings are a
type of sleeve bearing, and the "solid" journal bearing is a
variant developed later (1940s?), so not all plain bearings
are solid bearings. But before the development of the roller
journal bearing there was really no reason to call journal
bearings anything other than just journal bearings. The use
of the inaccurate and unnecessary term "friction bearing" had
to start somewhere.