Bearing bronzes, Mechanical Engineering

Bearing Bronzes

This is the copper-tin alloys along with small additions of another constitution. Beneath conditions of heavy load and conditions of severe service, bronzes are mostly of great advantages. Therefore, they possess a high resistance to impact loading and, are mostly employed in locomotive and rolling mills bearings. Though, they get heated up fast as compared to another type of bearing materials, as like: babbitts. Bronze lined bearings are easily eliminated and finished bushings are usually available in stocks. Some of the bronzes that are widely employed are described in Table no.22.

                                                                           Table no.22: Bearing Bronzes


Bronze and

SAE Number


Composition (% )

Mechanical Properties



UTS N/mm2

YS N/mm2



Leaded gun metal, 63

Cu 86-89, Sn 9-11, Pb 1-2.5, P 0.25

max. impurities 0.5 max.








Phosphor bronze, 64

Cu 78.5-81.5, Sn 9-11, Pb 0.05-0.25, Zn 0.75

max. impurities 0.25 max.







Heavy loads

Bronze backing for lined bearings 66

Cu 83-86, Sn 4.5-6.0, Pb 8-10, Zn 2.0, impurities 0.25 max.







Bronze backed bearings

Semi-plastic bronze, 67

Cu, 76.5-99.5, Sn 5-7,

Pb 14.5-17.5, Zn 4.0 max., Sb 0.4 max., Fe 0.4 max., impurities 10.0 max.










Soft and good antifriction properties

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