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July 9, 1946.
Filed Feb. 5, 1940
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' UNITED srA'rt-:s` ‘PATENT “ortica
’I Appncaticìuïmëîsïïnalnrlso. 317,278
This invention relates to sealed bearings and
.more speciñcally relates to a seal for anti-friction
bearings including retainer and flinger assem
blies for mounting .on the race rings of a bearing
and having operating clearance therebetween to v
eliminatefrictîon while at the same time pre
venting egress of lubricant from the bearing and
ingress of dirt to the bearing.
inclined relative to the race rings of a bearing.
The spaced surfaces preferably have an acute
angular relationship with the' inner circumfer
ence of the bearing outer race ring as well as with
the» outercircumference of the bearing inner .race _
While the invention will be hereinafter specifi
cally described in connection with pillow block 'f
This application is a continuation-impart of
bearing units,_ 'it 'should be understood that the
Serial No. 158,449, filed August 11,' 1937, now
Patent No. 2,189,838.
In my above referred to copending application
there are disclosed and claimed bearing seals in
-cluding retainers carried by the outer race >ring
of a bearing and projecting inwardly into spaced
relation from the inner race ring of the bearing,
use on any type of bearing including spaced race
my copending application entitled "Bearings,"V 10 bearing seals of this invention are adapted for
_ñingers having base portions pressed onto the
innerrace ring and flange portions extending to
l ward the outer race ring, and felt washers or>
sealingrings disposed between the retainers and
It is, then, an object of the invention to pro
vide seals for anti-friction xbearing assemblies in
cluding retainer and flinger assemblies carried by
the bearing race rings and held in closely spaced
relation to provide an operating clearance there
A specific object of the invention is to provide
a bearing seal including an inner retainer, an ‘
outer fìinger and a sealing ring disposed between
' the retainer and dinger to have a close runningv
ilt along an extendedïsurface with an adjacent
I have now -found that the felt washer or flex
relatively movable member.
ible sealing ring operates more efficiently if the,
same is ailixed to the base and flange of the 25 Another specific object of the invention is to
provide a seal for anti-friction bearings including
ilinger and has an operating clearance with the
a ninge'r having a base portion and an outturned
stationary portion of the bearing including the
flange -together with a flexible sealing ring affixed
outer race ring carried retainer and outer race
to the base portion and flange as an immovable _
ring structure itself. According to the present
invention, the felt washer o1' _flexible sealing ring> .30 part thereof.
Another object of the invention is to provide a '
is attached -on or cemented to the ilinger both
bearing seal having relatively movable members
>along its outer face and inner'circumference.
`carried by the respective race rings of a bearing
'I'he ring is sized so as to only extend into spaced
and disposed in closely spaced relation to each
relation from the retainer and outer race ring of
along a surface having an acute angular
the bearing.'
In a modified embodiment of the invention the _ relationship with the bearing` race rings.
. A further specific object of the invention is to
ñexible sealing ring is replaced with a metal ring
provide bearing. seals having extended sloping
carried by the outer race ring of the bearing and
surfaces with a running clearance therebetween
projectingl into the' space btween the retainer
of from .0005 to .0010 inch.
and dinger -so as to extend along the fiinger
Other and further objects of the invention will
flange to provide a running fit therewith. The
be apparent to those skilled in the art from the
metal ring and fiinger thus have an> operating
following detailed description of the annexed
clearance therebetween of the same. order as the
sheet of drawings, which discloses preferred em
operating clearance between the fiinger carried»
nexible ring and the retainer.
bodiments of the invention.
In still another modification of the invention
' the intermediate ring >is dispensed with and'the
flinger and retainer are closely spaced together
with an operating clearance therebetween. The
~fiinger and retainer have sloping side walls de-.
signed to retard ingress of dirt and eliminate
egress of lubricant.
A feature of the invention includes
posi- y
On the drawing: '
, Figure 1 is a side-elevational view of a sealed e
bearing unit according tc this invention mounted
in a one-piece pillow block.
Figure 2 is an enlarged vertical cross-sectional
view, with parts in-elevation,> taken substantially
along the line II--lI of Figure 1.
. Figure 3 is a further enlarged fragmentary
cross-sectional view similar to Figure 2 but illus- -
tioning of flinger assemblies and retainers ¿in
cloeely spaced4 relation along surfaces which are M tratingthe bearingaealingreater detail.
. Figure 4 is a vertical cross-sectional view sim
" 33 are locally recessed adiacent the shoulder 33
ilar to Figure 3 illustrating the grease-retention
effected by the bearing seal.
as at 33a.
» Figure 5 is an end elevational view of a modi
into spaced relation from‘the inner race ring 3l.
bearing equipped With a further modified seal
The retainers thus have a ñat portion seated in
according to this invention `and partially broken
the recesses 38a and against the shoulders 39 and
an outwardly sloping main wall portion bridging
-thevspace between the race rings. The main wall
away to illustrate the seal in vertical cross sec
portion isl disposed at an acute angle relative to
the race rings and is preferably tilted about 15°
In Figures 1 and 2 the reference numeral I3
designates generally a one-piece pillow block hav
ing a >sealed bearing unit II mounted therein.
The pillow block I0 is provided with feet I2 and
from the vertical.
ring 4I _and a felt washer 42 cooperates with each
the race rings. The -metal flinger ring 4I has a
ilat base portion 43 pressed onto the inner race
block to a supporting structure (not shown). vAn
the feet I2 and I3 and is‘provided with a concave
or depressed inner face I3 forming a bearing sur- ' ‘
v face for the outer race ring of the sealed bearing
Slots or grooves I‘I and I3 are formed in the
strap portion I 5 on the inner wall thereof to per
mit insertion of thebearing unit II horizontally
into the pillow block. The bearing, when thusA
inserted in the slots I'I and I 8, can then be ro
tated to a vertical position to be seated on the
bearing wall I6 of the strap I5.
The top `of the strap I5 has a radial bore' I3
therethrough receiving a lubricant fitting 20 in
threaded relation therein. The lubricant fitting
projects from the top of the pillow block and has
a vpassageway A20a therethrough for supplying
lubricant to the interior of the bore I9 for a pur
, pose-to be hereinafter more fully described.
The bearing unit II as shown in Figures 1 to 4
_ retainer 40 to provide a seal for the space between
.for receiving bolts to rigidly attach the pillow
annular strap portion I5 is formed intermediate
' .
A'ilinger assembly including a metal flinger
I3 having holes or slots I4 formed therethrough
unit II.
groove 33a of the outer race ring „against the
shoulder 39. The retainer rings 40 diverge out
wardly from the shoulder' 39 and project -inwardly
ñed sealed bearing, with a portion broken away
vand shown in vertical cross section.
Figure 6 is another end elevational view of a
As shown on the drawing:
' - A retainer ring 40 is pressed into each recessed
ring 30 and projecting beyond the inner edge 0f
theretainer 40.. The inner terminal> endA of the
base 43 may be aligned- with-theshoulder 33 of
the _outer race ring as shown but, in any event,
should project beyond the-inner edge of the re
tainer. The top wall of the base 43 is thus dis-.
' posed outwardly from vthe outer surface of the
race ring 3|) so as to deilne a shoulder 43a around
the inner race ring on each side of the anti-fric
tion elements. As shown in Figures 2, 3 and 4 of
the drawing, the inner end of the retainer 43
is in closely spaced relation from the base 43,
_ to provide an operating clearance therebetween,
The retainer ring 4I'has an outturned flange
44 extending from the outer edge of the base 43
' and projecting outwardly and ~inwardly toward y
the outer race ring 33 into spaced relation from -
the countersunk portion 38 thereof. .The flange
44 is in spaced parallel relation to the mainA slop
ing portion of the retainer 40.
comprises an inner race ring 30 adapted to be 40 - The felt sealing ring 42 is amxed to both the
disposed around a shaft or other rotating mem
' ' base 43 and the flange 44 of the ilingerby means
ber (not shown). The race ring 30 has a circum
of a cement or a friction bond 45 coextensive with
I ferential groove 3| forming a raceway for a row
cf ball bearings such as _32. An outer race ring
33 is disposed in spaced concentric relation
around the race ring 30 and has a groove 34
around the inner circumference thereof for re
ceiving the row of ball bearings such as 32. 'I'he
bali bearings thus hold the race rings '30 and 33
in spaced concentric relation,
The periphery of the outer race ring 33 has a
f convex surface 35 for ñtting in the concave sur
face I3 of the strap I5 as shown in Figure 2. A
well or closed perimeter dimple 33 is formed -in
the outer race ring 33 for `receiving a retainer
pin 31 projecting freely from the bore I3 in the
the inner circumference and the outer face of the
sealing ring. The ring 42 thus travels with thev
{ flinger 4I.
A cellulose or lacquer-type cement can '
be used to afllx the felt to the ilinger or the felt
can be frictional’ly held. on the iiingerso as to be- `
a fixed portion thereof. In some instances it may
be> suilicient to provide the fiinger with rough-ened surfaces for retaining the felt ring there
against. Said roughened surfaces can, if desired, .
be produced by a rust-proof coating on the ilinger.
The flinger holds the felt sealing ring in closely
spaced relation to the retainer and the counter
sunk portion 33 of the outer race ring. A close
running nt between the felt and the outer race
ring carried structures is desirable and clearances
of the order of .0005 to .0010 inch have been found
strap I5. 'I'he retainer pin 31v fits loosely in the
dimple 33 and has an axial aperture 31a there
through for transmitting lubricant from the llt
to be efficient.
ting 20a to the dimple 36. The bottom of the 60 As shown in Figure 4, grease 48 is packed
dimple has a passageway 36a extending there
vbetween. the race rings around the anti-friction.
from into the space between the race rings 33
elements 32 and when' the inner race ring 33‘is
and 33.~ In this manner, lubricant is supplied to
rotated, the grease will be flung tangentially or
the anti-friction elements between the race'rings
radially ofi' ofthe outer surface of the inner
and the outer race ring is held in the pillow block. 65 race ring toward the inner surface of the outer
-However, the bearing unit II can have limited
race ring. However, since the :base 43 of the
universal movement relative to the ‘pillow block
flinger provides a side wall with its inner terminal
since the retaining pin 31 fits loosely in the dim
, edge 43a, this edge defines a grease groove and
ple 33.
. '
directsthe grease against the sloping surface of
The ends of the outer race ring 33 are counter
_sunk around the -inner circumference of the ring
for a distance projecting into the ring as at 33.
This provides radial shoulders 33 around the in-side of the outer race ring in spaced relation from
the retainer 42 above the inner end of the re
tainer. Thus, it `will befound, after operating
the bearings, that the grease 43 assinnes the
pattern shown in Figure 4 and a hollow void’
41 is »actually provided adjacent the- inner edge
the ends of the ring. 'I'he countersunk portions 75 .of the retainer.
a result, grease does not
sealing u shaped chamber formed .by the sealing ruig and-
enter the chamber containing
> ring.
the felt
However,v ifv any grease is flushed into.
this chamber the sloping position of the sealing
-ring 42 will prevent radial discharge of the
grease. In other words the grease cannot be dis
charged by centrifugal force along the space be
tween the felt and the retainer without striking
against the sidewall of the felt.
Likewise, as best shown in Figures 3 and 4,
the retainer ring.
The ilinger flange and the metal sealing ring
are inclined more than the flinger flange and the
felt shown in Figures 2 to 4, but in each in
ì stance, the elements have an acute angular re
lationship with the race rings.
„ In Figure 6 the retainers 5i and metal- sealing
rings 52 are disposed in the same relation as
the felt is exposed to the atmosphere above the l0 shownin Figure 5. However, the fiingers 6I
have bases 82 of increased width so that the
sloping outer flanges 63 thereof are spaced out
fit with the countersunk portion 38 of the outer'
wardly from the sealing `rings. The space is
race ring. This prevents ingress of dirt into the
bearing unit since the dirt must pass through - sumcient to house a felt sealing ring 64 which
the small space provided by the operating clear 15 issecured to the flin'ger _flange and base as de
scribed in connection with Figures 2 to 4. .In
ance and then must travel inwardly against the
this embodiment of the invention relatively mov
action of centrifugal force. This, of course, 4is
able closely spaced metal-to-metal parts are
impossible since the rotating felt and flinger will
eliminated and the felt rings 64 are interposed
serve to throw the dirt outward.
In., Figures 5 'and 6 the reference numerals 20 between the stationary metal sealing rings 52
and the revolving ilinger iiangesßä.
5|! and 80 respectively designate modified sealed
be un
bearing units according to this invention. In
_derstood that this invention provides sealed
each of these figures parts substantially identical
_bearing units and vseals for bearings which edi- Y
with parts described in connection with Figures
flange Il of the retainer and has a close running
1 to 4 have been marked with the 'same reference 25 ciently hold lubricant in the anti-friction ele- '
numerals. It should be noted that the outer Y ment chamber of a bearing. The seals shown
in Figures l to' 4 and 6 vefl‘iciently prevent in
race ring 33 of each bearing unit shown in these
gress of dirt to this anti-friction element cham
_ figures have fiat outer surfaces instead- of convex
ber. v The seals shown in Figure 5 are best suited
surfaces -as described in Figures 1 to 4. These
for operation under relatively clean surround
sealed bearing units are adapted for use in hous
ings having fiat inner walls such as flange units.
hangers and the like.-
>In Figure 5, substantially fiat retainer rings
ing conditions but have a definite retarding eii’ect
upon ingressy of dirt to the anti-friction element
The seals of the invention include stationary
5I are pressed into the grooves 38a in the outer ~
race ring 33 on each> side of the anti-friction 35 and movable parts Áheld in closely spaced rela
tion with a-running clearance therebetween and
elements 32. Each retainer 5l is bottomed
have an angular relationship to break up centri
against the shoulder 39 provided by the counter
fugal forces tending to discharge grease from
sunk portion 38.
the bearing. The seals are readily applied to
The retainers 5l project radially inward from
the race ring-33 into closely spaced relation from 40 bearing units by simple pressure operations. In
- some modifications of the invention, flexible seal
the outer surface of the inner race ring 30.
ing rings such as felt, leather or steel wool
The grooves 38a in the outer race ring also
members are aflixed to rotatable'flingers 4and
> have metal sealing rings 52 pressed therein and
held by the fiingers -in spaced relation from ad-V
projecting inwardly from the race‘ring along a
jacent _stationary or relatively moving parts. In
non-radial path preferably about-30° from the
other modifications of the invention, solid metal
vertical. These metal sealing rings 52 thus abut
the retainers 5l at their outer peripheries but ` sealing rings .are used.
It will, of course, be understood that various de
diverge from the retainers as they approach the
~inner race ring. The metal sealing rings define wv tails of construction may be varied through a wide 1
range without departing from the principles of
triangular chambers with the retainers 5l.this invention and it is, therefore, not the purpose
A fiinger v53 has a base portion -54 pressed on _
to limit the patent granted hereon otherwise than
the inner race ring 30 under each sealing ,ring
necessitated by the scope of the appended’claims. _
52. Each ñinger 53 has an outturned flange 55
I claim as my invention:
sloping inwardlyV toward the countersunk por
tions 38 of the outer race ring. 'The flange 55
is parallel with and in closely spaced relation
to the sloping portion of the sealing ring- 52
>so that these members have a runningl clearance
therebetween. Likewise, the inner edge of -each
sealingring 5I is closely spacedfrom the base
Il of the iiinger. The bases 5I of the fiingers
1. The combination with a pair of rings dis
posed one within the other. of a retainer carried
by one of the rings and projecting toward the
other ring into spaced relationfrom said other
ring, a fiinger having a base secured onto said
00 other ring extending into spaced relation from
'the end of the retainer, said dinger having a
flange extending from said base thereof into
project beyond the’inner' edges of the sealingI ' spaced relation-from the ring carrying said re
rings and terminate just short of the inner edges
of the retainer rings I l .
. In the seal shown
in Figure 5, therefore, the.
felt sealing ring is replaced with a metal sealing
ring depending from the outer race ring 'of the
bearing. The flinger underlaps this metal ring
in the same manner as the iiinger underlaps the
retaining ring shown in Figures 2 to 4.
The anti-friction. elements l2 are thus sealed
in a chamber bounded at the sides by there
tainers 5I and'grease cannot emerge from this
tainer, and a yieldable sealing ring afiixed to the
05 base and flange of the flinger in the space between ‘
the dinger andretainer, said yieldable sealing ring _ _
being held by said fiinger in closely spaced rela
tion from the retainer and the ring carrying said
retainer and being exposed at the outer periph-y
eral edge of the dinger flange.
2. a bearing seal comprising a retainer ring
having a sloping side wall, a flinger having a base
- projecting through said `retainer and asloping '
side wall spaced from the sloping side wall of the
chamber since it will be trapped in the trangular 75 retainer, anda flexible sealing ring atlix'ed to said
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flinger and held thereby in closely spaced relation
from said retainer.
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and projecting toward the inner ring along a slop
lng path diverging outwardly from' the> retainer,
3. The combination with a pair of rings dis
posed one within the other, _of a iiinger secured
inner ring and projecting under the second ring
on the inner ring and having an outturned ñange
together with a flange portion extending outward
a ilinger'having-a base portion pressed onto the -
sloping atan acute angle-Äv relative to said inner l 1y along a sloping path parallel to the second ring,
ring, a ilexlble sealing ring' bonded to said fiinger,
and a flexible ring bonded tothe flinger and held
and a retainer' ring projecting inwardly from the
thereby in closely spaced relation from said sec
outer ring in spaced parallel relation from the
ond ring.
flinger flange, said ilinger holding said flexible 10' 8. The combination with a pair of rings dis
ring from said retainer to provide a running clear
posed one within the other, of a third ring carried
ance therebetween.
by the outer ring and projecting into spaced rela.
4. The combination with a pair of rings dis
tion from the inner ring, said third ring having a
posed one within the other, ofa third ring secured
sloping wall portion disposed atv an acute angle
in the outer ring and projecting into spaced re
relative to the outer ring, a ñinger having a ñange
-lation from the inner ring, said third ring hav
spaced axially outward from said wall~ portion
ing a sloping wall portion disposed at an acute
and a b'ase‘on the inner ring extending from said
angle relative to the outer ring, a iiinger having a
ñange under the inner edge of the third ring to
.ñange axially outward of and parallel with said
a point spaced axially inward from the third ring,
wall portion and a base pressed onto the inner 20 and said base of the iiinger having a terminal end
ring projecting beyond the inner edge of the third
defining a shoulder.
ring, and the terminal end of said base deiìning
9. The combination with a pair of rings dis
a shoulder axially inward of the inner end oi' saidl
posed one 'within the other and held in radially
spaced apart relationship'and against substantial
5. In a bearing seal including a retainer ring 25 relative movement in'an axial direction,~ ofV a third _
and a ilinger, the‘ improvement which comprises a
ringfsecured in the outer> ring and flaring axially
flexible sealing ring bonded to the ilinger and held
outwardly and radially inwardly toward the in
thereby in'spaced relation from the retainer along
ner 'ringand with its free edge terminating in
an inclined path.
spaced relation from said inner ring, a dinger
6. In aA bearing seal including a retainer ring 30 having a liange spaced axially outward from said
and a tlinger, the improvement which comprises
a sealing ring operatively secured to the ilinger
and 'having an extensive surface thereof -held by
the iiinger in closely spaced relation to the re
third ring and iiaring radially outwardly and ax
ially inwardly toward the outer ring and with its
free edge terminating in spaced relation to said
outer ring, said iiinger carrying' a sealing face in
closely spaced sealing relation along the third
7. The combination with a pair of rings dis
posed -one within the other, of a retainer project
ing radially inward from the outer ring into
ring, a base on said iiinger carried on the inner
ring extending from said flange under and be
yond said free edge of the third ring, vand the
-spaced relation from the inner ring, a `second ring
secured in the outer ring _adjacent the retainer
terminal end of said base deñning a shoulder.
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