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It all started with a small wooden bearing.

Pivot Bearing

These PV bearings use an Oiles bearing as a sliding material.


  • The spherical projection absorbs rotation and follows the rotation of the girder in all directions.
  • It can handle a large reaction force, so it is also used for large arch and truss bridges.

Note: PV sliding bearings are also available.


  • A PV bearing is a fixed bearing that consists of a spherical protrusion on the lower shoe mated with a spherical indentation in the upper shoe.
  • The bearing fixes forces in the axial and perpendicular directions while absorbing rotation.