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What are Hybrid Bearings?

If extreme speeds, temperatures and lifetimes interest you, then you’re at the right place. This article is as an Engineer’s guide to designing with hybrid bearings.

We will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of hybrid bearings followed by some specialist dry film lubrications and end with a few interesting examples of cutting-edge application already using hybrid bearings.


Let us begin by defining the terms hybrid bearings versus ceramic bearings. For the purposes of this article, hybrid bearings are defined as a composite assembly of metallic rings and ceramic rolling elements while ceramic bearings have both ceramic rings and ceramic rolling elements.


Hybrid bearings have many advantages that set them apart from conventional steel bearings; however, there is also a disadvantage or two. We’ll start with the advantages.

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