Hercules Engineering introduced custom-fabricated structural bearings made of H-Glide fiber-reinforced composite pads sliding on 2B finish stainless steel. The bearings are for extremely high-stress applications requiring outstanding load-bearing performance in compact and wet spaces, the company reported.
H-Glide bearing pads cause less friction and less stress on the load-bearing components and structure. The bearings can handle point pressures of 350 to 500 megapascals, up to 40 times greater than conventional resistant and non-lubricated fiber-reinforced elastometric bearing pads, the company reported. They require no lubrication, absorb no water and release no contaminants.