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Elastomeric Bearings

Product Information

LORD® Gimbal Bearings are located beneath the spider on offshore rigs. The gimbal bearing supports the weight of the drilling riser, accommodates offset and acts as a shock absorber. We have two types of gimbal bearings: Universal Joint Gimbal Bearings and Traditional GimbaAssemblies.

Universal Joint Gimbal Bearing

  • Rotational stiffness 99% lower than a traditional gimbal even at higher loads, greatly reducing riser fatigue
  • Service life outlasts a traditional gimbal due to lower elastomer strains
  • Universal joint design provides consistent stiffness in all directions
  • Option to have high or low lateral stiffness
  • Accommodates angles up to 15 degrees
  • Simple alternative to hydraulic gimbal assemblies

Traditional Gimbal Pads

  • Increased reliability using proprietary elastomer formulation
  • Can provide custom solutions or aftermarket replacements for existing gimbals
  • Easy visual assessment of bearing condition through use of patented colored elastomers


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