DYMAT® Structural Bearings

Disc Bearings


Design coefficient of friction between bright annealed stainless steel and PTFE at design load is less than 3% at less than 25.4mm (1 in) per minute sliding speed.

The pressure on the Virgin PTFE horizontal surface in contact with the stainless steel is a maximum of 24.1 MPa (3500 psi).  The force on the mechanically fastened PTFE guides is designed for 45 MPa (6,526 psi) maximum. Special PTFE composite guides can be used for higher pressures.

Dimples can be added in the PTFE if specified by the engineer. Typical pockets are 7mm (0.275 in) in diameter, 2mm (0.078 in) deep, and occupy greater than 20% of the PTFE surface area.  Add 0.4mm (o.016 in) to the overall bearing thickness for use of dimples. High quality silicone grease shall be used. The working compressive stress on the DYMAT® disc is up to 35 MPa (5,076 psi).

​Long term deflection of the DYMAT® disc is less than 7% of element thickness. See test report for initial load deflection characteristics.

Plate Design
The standard lower bearing plate is designed for 20.68 MPa (3,000psi) pressure on the concrete or grout. Add-on masonry plate sizing is available upon request.

Additional Carbon Fabrics

The DYMAT® BT FRP System forms the next generation of composite systems developed by Mr. Edward Fyfe for the structural strengthening industry. Mr. Fyfe was the founder and pioneer in this field of this industry more than 30 years ago, having developed numerous relevant patents and having successfully completed thousands of structural strengthening projects throughout the world. 

The improvement percentages in the composite laminate properties of the DYMAT® BT FRP System relatively to the next leading system are: 35% for DYMAT® Carbon Fiber System and 15% for DYMAT® Glass Fiber System.

Design Features

​​Simple Design

Rotation element does not have critical tolerances compared to pots with sealing ring or curved, mating, sliding surface bearings. No greasing or PTFE lining needed to accommodate rotation.

Simple Installation

Alternate anchorage details are provided for all structure types. Jacking ports are standard and flexible guides are available. The designer selects the features desired.

​Simple Inspection

Rotation element visible from all sides.

Simple Modification

The shear restriction mechanism is easily modified to allow lateral movement for a series of fixed and uni-directional bearings. Seismic and base isolation designs also available.

Performance Features

​​Confined Virgin PTFE Horizontal Sliding Surface

PTFE provides low coefficient of friction against the bright annealed finished stainless steel (less than 0.127 µm (5 µin) root mean square finish). Less than 0.03 coefficient at 10.4 MPa (1508 psi). Test reports available for friction values at dynamic seismic cycling.

​High Rotational Capacity

Designed to rotate up to 4º. The shift in center of gravity is low within structural design guidelines of less than 3% of the column diameter at 1% rotation. Full rotation at low loads is accommodated within the bearings.

Unique Shear Restriction

The unique shear restriction mechanism uses DYMAT® alloy to allow rotation with uniform distribution of forces between bearings in the structure.

Compact Design

The shear restriction mechanism eliminates shear on the disc due to horizontal forces, while allowing high vertical loading on the unique disc material. The result is a compact bearing.

Easy Design for High Horizontal Force

A larger shear restriction mechanism is introduced when the horizontal force is above 25% of the total vertical load. Internal Uplift Restraint. Special bolts with DYMAT® alloy rotation elements provide uplift restraint while allowing rotation at the same time.

​Unique Disc Shape

Eliminates stress point “V” used in older designs.

Material Specifications

Steel Components

All steel plate, G40.21M, 300W or A572 (grades 36, 42 or 44) minimum specification. Custom steel available on request.DYMAT® disc meets requirements of AASHTO specifications.

​​Stainless Steel Components

Sheet shall conform to ASTM A-240, Type 304. Stainless steel in contact with PTFE sheet shall be less than 5µin (0.127µm) root mean square finish. Thickness of stainless steel shall be 0.063 in (1.6mm) minimum.

​​Exposed Steel Surfaces

Steel surfaces exposed to the environment are painted with structural primer to design authority specifications. Surfaces can also be galvanized or Metalized if required.


Polytetraflouroethylene (PTFE) Sheet and Strip PTFE is pure virgin (unfilled) polymer. Properties conform to the following: Requirement: Tensile Strength MPs (psi) Test Method: ASTM D-638 Value: 19.3 (2800) min. Requirement: Elongation Test Method: ASTM D-638 Value: 200% min. Requirement: Specific Gravity Test Method: ASTM D-792 Value: 2.13 ± 0.03 ​Reinforced PTFE can be used in higher load applications. Different thicknesses are available. PTFE with grease retention cavities is available.

​​PTFE to Steel Bonding

Special etched, one side virgin PTFE is bonded with DYMAT® adhesive to grit blasted steel using special bonding procedures. Virgin PTFE guides are bonded and mechanically fixed in place.

Manufacturing Tolerances

​± 0.125 in (3mm) Overall plan sizes ​± 0.125 in (3mm) Overall height (except for very large bearings) ​Standard machined surfaces to finish ASA 125 ​0.625 in (1.6mm) Standard total gap on guide bars ​± 0.0312 in (0.8mm) Standard tolerance on guide bars ​These are normal tolerances for DYMAT® bearings unless designer specifies other requirements. Specially compounded PTFE is available for minimal wear when a higher coefficient of friction is tolerable. Test reports available to 500,000 cycles.

Design Features

Performance Features


The DYMAT® disc bearing using the DYMAT® element concept has evolved from years of research and development, and field observation. Testing has been carried out on the bearing elements to 20 times the design load with full material recovery. Where testing is required, testing the production bearings is recommended. This could be carried out on the DYMAT® Load Test Machines. High Load Test Machine at LeTourneau University 2,000 kips (8,896 kN) Vertical Load Capacity | 380 kips (1,690 kN) Horizontal Load Capacity | 18 in (45.7cm) Horizontal Displacement High Load Test Machine at LeTourneau University - 2,000 kips (8,896 kN) Vertical Load Capacity | 380 kips (1,690 kN) Horizontal Load Capacity | ±18 in (45.7cm) Horizontal Displacement

High Load Test Machine at LeTourneau University


Lower Plate Connection

Lower Plate Connection

Lower Plate Connection

Lower Plate Connection

Upper Plate Connection

Upper Plate Connection

Upper Plate Connection

Upper Plate Connection

Upper Plate Connection

Upper Plate Connection