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False brinelling is a problem in assemblies which have low relative motion, high vibration, and a rolling element bearing. An example of this would be the bearings in the pitch control mechanism in wind turbines (Doll, G.), which may remain in a specific position for long periods of time.
The lubricant film is gradually displaced, allowing metal to metal contact. The vibration in the joint causes this contact to produce physical damage. Purposely inducing small amounts of relative motion can be helpful, but the benefit is limited since the lubricant can be pushed aside in either direction.
Plymouth Machine Integration has made a provisional patent application for a solution which uses two concentric one-way bearings, installed such that their actions are opposed. With a modest amount of oscillatory motion, large movements of the intermediate race, and therefore both sets of rollers, are produced, providing an even distribution of the lubricant. This motion in the intermediate race is the result of the oneway clutch in one of the two bearings holding that race motionless with respect to first the inner, then the outer race, depending on the direction of rotation within the period.
Note that this solution does not resolve issues from assemblies that lie motionless for substantial periods of time between uses (spare electric motors for example). Oscillatory motion of a magnitude large enough to engage the one-way clutch is required. This oscillatory motion can be either natural to the operation of the machine or superimposed on the control strategy.