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iglidur® UW500 - Material data

Materials table

Genera l features Unit iglidur® UW500 test method
Density g/cm³ 1,49
Colour black
Max. humidity absorption at 23°C/50% R. H. % weight 0,1 DIN 53495
Max. water absorption3) % weight 0,5
Coefficient of surface friction, dynamic, against steel μ 0,20-0,36
pv values (dry) MPa x m/s 0,35

Mechanical properties
Bending E-module MPa 16.000 DIN 53457
Tensile strength at +20 °C MPa 260 DIN 53452
Maximum recommended surface pressure (20° C) MPa 140
compressive strength MPa 140
Shore D-hardness 86 DIN 53505

Physical and thermal properties
Max. long term application temperature °C +250
Max. short term application temperature °C +300
Upper short-term ambient temperature1) °C +300
Minimum application temperature °C -100
thermal / heat conductivity W/m x K 0,60 ASTM C 177
Coefficient of thermal expansion (at 23° C) K-1 x 10-5 4 DIN 53753

Electrical properties
Specific forward resistance Ωcm < 109 DIN IEC 93
Surface resistance2) Ω < 109 DIN 53482

pv values UW500

Figure 01: Permitted pv-values for iglidur® UW500 bearings with 1 mm wall thickness in dry operation against a steel shaft, at +20°C, installed in a steel housing.
X = gliding speed [m/s]
Y = load [MPa]

The bearings made of iglidur® UW500 have been developed for underwater applications with higher temperatures. Examples for this are water pumps in automotive construction, and also medical technology and related areas. The specifications in this section characterize iglidur® UW500 in dry operation, if the underwater application is not expressly stated.

Figure 02: Maximum recommended surface pressure dependent on the temperature (140 MPa to +20 °C)
X = Temperature [°C]
Y = Load [MPa]
Figure 03: Deformation under load and temperatures

X = Load [MPa]
Y = Deformation [m/s]

Mechanical properties

Maximum recommended surface pressure represents a mechanical material parameter. Tribological conclusions cannot be drawn from it. With increasing temperatures, the compressive strength of iglidur® UW500 plain bearings decreases. Fig. 02 clarifies this connection.
Figure 03 shows the elastic deformation of iglidur® UW500 with radial loads.

m/s Rotating oscillating Linear
Constant 0,8 0,6 2
Short-term 1,5 1,1 3

Tebelle 02: Maximum speed

Permitted surface speeds

iglidur® UW500 plain bearings can be used in both dry operation and in liquids in a wide range of applications. Through a hydrodynamic lubrication, as it can be attained under water with high speeds, surface speeds far above 1.5 m/s can be achieved.

iglidur® UW500 Application temperature
Lower - 100 °C
Upper, long-term + 250 °C
Upper, short-term + 300 °C
Secure axially in addition + 150 °C

Table 03: Temperature limits for iglidur® UW500


iglidur® UW500 can be used in applications with continuous temperatures of +150°C. With special fastening of the bearing, these temperatures can go even beyond +200°C. The iglidur® UW500 is one of the most temperature-resistant iglidur® materials. An additional securing is recommended at temperatures higher than +150°C.

Figure 04: Coefficients of friction dependent on the surface speed, p = 0,75 MPa

X = Surface speed [m/s]
Y = Coefficient of friction μ
Figure 05: Coefficients of friction dependent on the load, v = 0,01 m/s

X = Load [MPa]
Y = Coefficient of friction μ

Friction and wear

Fig. 04 and 05 show the coefficients of friction of iglidur® UW500 plain bearings depending on surface speed and load. Friction and wear also depend to a high degree on the reverse partner. Ideal are smoothed surfaces with an average surface finish of Ra of 0.1 to 0.4.

iglidur® UW500 Dry Grease Oil Water
Coefficients of friction µ 0,2 - 0,36 0,09 0,04 0,04

Table 04: Coefficients of friction for iglidur® UW500 against steel
(Ra = 1 µm, 50 HRC)

Fig. 06: Wear, rotating application with various Figure 06: Wear, rotating application with different shaft materials, p = 1 MPa, v = 0,3 m/s
X = Shaft material
Y = Wear [μm/km]
A = Aluminum, hard-anodized
B = machining steel
C = Cf53
D = Cf53, hard-chromed
E = St37
F = V2A
G = X90

Shaft materials

The Fig. 06 displays a summary of the results of tests with different shaft materials conducted with plain bearings made of iglidur® UW500.

Fig. 07: Wear in oscillating and rotating Fig. 07: Wear with oscillating and rotating applications with Cf53 shaft material, dependent on the load
X = Load [MPa]
Y = Wear [μm/km]
A = rotating
B = oscillating

Medium Resistance
Alcohols +
Hydrocarbons +
Greases, oils without additives +
Fuels +
Diluted acids +
Strong acids +
Diluted bases +
Strong bases +
+ resistant      0 limited resistance      - not resistant
All specifications at room temperature[+20 °C]
Table 05: Chemical resistance of the iglidur® bearings UW500

Electrical properties

Specific forward resistance > 109 Ωcm
Surface resistance > 109 Ω
iglidur® UW500 bearings are electrically conductive.

Chemical resistance

iglidur® UW500 bearings have virtually universal chemical resistance. They are affected only by concentrated nitric acid and sulfuric acid.

Radioactive rays

The iglidur® UW500 bearings are radiation resistant up to a radiation intensity of 1 x 105Gy. iglidur® UW500 thus figures among the most radiation-resistant materials in the iglidur® product range. iglidur® UW500 is extremely resistant to strong gamma rays and withstands a radiation dose of 1,000 Mrad without any perceptible loss of any of its properties. The material also overcomes an alpha or beta radiation of 10,000 Mrad virtually unscathed.


The excellent material features of the iglidur® UW500 do not alter under UV radiation and other climatic influences.


The iglidur® UW500 bearings can also be used in vacuum virtually without limits. An evaporation takes place only to a minor degree.

Delivery program

The iglidur® UW500 bearings are manufactured according to order specifications.

Maximum moisture absorption
by +23 °C/50 % r. F. 0,1 weight-%
Max. water absorption 0,5 weight-%

Table 06: Moisture absorption

Effect of moisture absorption on plain bearings Diagram 10: Effect of moisture absorption
X = Moisture absorption [weight %]
Y = Reduction of inside diameter [%]

humidity absorption / moisture absorption

The humidity absorption of iglidur® UW500 bearings is extremely low. In standard climatic conditions, it lies below 0.1 Wt-%. Thus the iglidur® UW500 bearings can be even mounted for underwater applications without any adaptation to the installation conditions. The maximum water absorption is 0.5 Wt-%.

d1 [mm]
h9 [mm]
iglidur® UW500
F10 [mm]
Housing H7
Up to 3 0 - 0,025 +0,006 +0,046 0 +0,010
> 3 to 6 0 - 0,030 +0,010 +0,058 0 +0,012
> 6 to 10 0 - 0,036 +0,013 +0,071 0 +0,015
> 10 to 18 0 - 0,043 +0,016 +0,086 0 +0,018
> 18 to 30 0 - 0,052 +0,020 +0,104 0 +0,021
> 30 to 50 0 - 0,062 +0,025 +0,125 0 +0,025
> 50 to 80 0 - 0,074 +0,030 +0,150 0 +0,030

Table 07: Important tolerances iaw. ISO 3547-1 after press-fitting.

Installation tolerances

iglidur® UW500 bearings are standard bearings for shafts with h-tolerance (recommended minimum h9).
The bearings are designed for press-fit in a housing with h7 tolerance. After the installation in a housing with nominal diameter, the inner diameter of the bearing automatically adjusts to the F10 tolerance. In certain dimensions the tolerance in dependence on the wall thickness deviates from this (See delivery program )