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The bearing internal clearance referred to as Normal has been selected so that a suitable operational clearance will be obtained when bearings are mounted with the fits usually recommended and operating conditions are normal. Where operating and mounting conditions differ from the normal, e.g. where interference fits are used for both bearing rings, unusual temperatures prevail etc., bearings with greater or smaller internal clearance than Normal are required. In such cases, SKF recommends checking residual clearance in the bearing after it has been mounted. 
Bearings having an internal clearance other than Normal are identified by the suffixes C1 to C5. 

SuffixRadial internal clearance
C1Less than C2
C2Less than Normal
CNNormal, only used in combination with letters indicating reduced or displaced clearance range
C3Greater than Normal
C4Greater than C3
C5Greater than C4


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This FAG Medium 6300 Series single row deep groove ball bearing with a sheet steel cage supports radial loads and axial loads in both directions. It is also suitable for high speed applications. This bearing has a C3 radial internal clearance designation to indicate that the radial slack between the inner and outer rings is greater than the standard CN (normal) clearance. It allows for thermal expansion as the bearing supports radial loads and its balls, operating in the deep raceway geometry, reduce rotational friction. This bearing is rated “Medium,” making it applicable for average to above average radial loads and light to average axial loads. It can be used to a maximum operating temperature of 120 degrees C/248 degrees F. The inner and outer rings and balls are made of a low-alloy, through-hardened chromium steel for durability, heat tolerance, and resistance to deformity under heavy loads, and the sheet steel cage prevents the balls from coming into contact with each other during use, reducing friction, vibration, and noise. The open design allows for the bearing to be lubricated in place. This deep groove ball bearing is for use in various applications such as transmissions, motors, pumps, bicycles, and inline skate

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Internal clearance is the play within a ball bearing. It is the geometrical clearance between the inner ring, outer ring and ball. It is a critical factor in bearing selection that will directly impact bearing life. It is often overlooked, particularly as to how it is reduced by interference fits.

Radial clearance is the play between the ball and raceway perpendicular to the bearing axis. Axial clearance is the play parallel to the bearing axis and is typically at least 10 times greater than the radial clearance. Generally, internal radial clearance will be reduced 80% of the interference fit amount.

Too little or too much internal clearance will significantly influence factors such as heat, vibration, noise, and fatigue life.

In extreme applications that see high or low temperatures this clearance needs to be considered in the overall design to compensate for thermal expansion and contraction of housings and shafts.c3


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In ball bearings, as the radial clearance increases, the axial clearance increases as well. The more room between the balls and the rings (radial clearance), the more the elements can shift in relation to each other. Generally, internal clearances are designated from C1 (the tightest) through to C5 (the loosest or largest). The 'normal' clearance is CN, a range sitting between C2 and C3. It is worth noting that if the bearing clearance is not stated in the bearing reference it can be assumed to be normal clearance. With a higher clearance there is more tolerance of thermal expansion effects on the rings and rolling elements. When noise and vibration must be restricted, lower clearances are necessary. Ultimately the specific application and operating conditions determine the appropriate internal clearance. For example, paper-drying machines that operate under hot conditions usually need C3 and C4 clearances. The severe vibration in vibrating screens normally means that C3 and C4 clearances are required. Selection of the correct radial internal clearance group is by calculation and you should refer to your bearing manufacturers handbook. Factors to be assessed include:

  • Expansion of the inner ring due to interference fit on shaft
  • Contraction of the outer ring due to interference fit in the housing
  • Differential temperature between the inner and outer rings
  • Differential expansions due to non-ferrous mountings

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