Lee, S., Kang, H., Kwon, O., and Shin, C., "Study of Mechanical Properties and Rolling Contact Fatigue Behavior on Specially Austempered Bearing Steel," SAE Technical Paper 2016-01-1957, 2016, doi:10.4271/2016-01-1957.
A trend in automotive parts development is the pursuit of long life, high quality and reliability. The increase in service life of automotive wheel bearings, by improving the rolling contact fatigue (RCF) life of bearing steels, was investigated. Conventional studies of bearing steels and heat treatments have dealt with quenching and tempering (Q/T) in 52100 steel. This study is a new trial to increase the strength of bearing steels by special austempering in phases after general Q/T heat treatments.