FEROGLIDE is a self lubricating bearing material applied to a rigid metal backing. FEROGLIDE bearings can withstand extremely high loads and temperatures, they are recommended for applications where low surface speeds are combined with high loads, for example in the Hydro Industry,Valve industry and General Mechanical Applications.

FEROGLIDE material is manufactured at Tenmat Ltd and supplied as plain journal bearings, flanged bearings, thrust washers, glide-plates and glide-bars, foil and used to line special bearings according to customer specifications.

The bearings are completely self lubricating and normally run dry, however they can also be used where lubrication or other fluids are present.

Feroglide bearings are available with many backup materials in a wide variety of standard configurations.


TENMAT Self Lubricating Bearings have been proved capable, in both laboratory testing carried out at Powertech Labs in Vancouver and in the most arduous pump storage installations, operating in both dry and wet conditions, with shaft misalignment and abrasive solids. Extremely low wear rates and friction coefficients, with no sign of journal wear indicate lifetimes exceeding those of greased bronze. TENMAT bearings are installed in Francis, Kaplan and Kaplan Bulb Turbines as well as many ancilliary pieces of water handling equipment.

With it's material range TENMAT can offer the plant engineer a complete bearing service:

FEROFORMŽ T814 provides the flexibility often required in refurbishments, as a complete composite bearing which can be quickly delivered and machined in-situ or on site, adapting to problems of shaft and housing tolerancing or misalignment.

Our metal backed self lubricating bearings FEROGLIDE combine the uniqueness of composites with the high accuracy and strength of metallic bearings and gives the precision and exactness for new build or repair, it comes with 30 years operating experience in the field and is fitted in over 1,500 turbines.