Roller Bearings for Bridges
Roller bearing can be used in the construction of reinforced concrete and steel bridge structure. There are two main configurations including single roller bearing which is composed of one roller placed between two plates and multiple roller bearing that consist of several rollers installed between two plates.
The former as shown in Figure-1 can accommodate both rotation and translation movement in longitudinal direction and it is cheap to manufacture but its vertical load capacity is limited.
In contrary, the latter as shown in Figure-2 can make room for translation movement only and rotation movement can be accommodated if rollers are combined with pin bearing. Multiple roller bearings are expensive and support considerably large vertical loads.
Regular inspection and rehabilitation should be conducted since roller bearing are susceptible to corrosion and .damages