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Historically, a common practice was to design Babbitted bearings with dovetail grooves. These were known as "mechanical Babbitt anchors" and they were used because chemical tinning processes did not exist. In some cases, the Babbitt was statically poured into the bearing. In other cases, sheets of Babbitt were pounded into the grooves and then machined to desired shapes. While there were no options regarding tinning in the beginning, as soon as good chemical tinning agents were developed, dovetails were no longer needed, and in fact were an unnecessary failure mechanism. Read More…

 

 

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