Federal-Mogul Corporation : Maintenance-Free Bearings from Federal-Mogul Support One of the World's Longest Suspension Bridges

   Federal-Mogul Corporation : Maintenance-Free Bearings from Federal-Mogul
            Support One of the World's Longest Suspension Bridges

 Federal-Mogul produces more than 100 bearings for the Hardanger Fjord Bridge
                in Norway using its DEVA^® bearing technology

Stadtallendorf, Germany, February 8, 2013 ... Federal-Mogul Corporation (FDML:
NASDAQ) has developed maintenance-free bearings for one of the world's longest
suspension bridges. Upon completion later this year, the Hardanger Fjord
Bridge in southwest Norway will be one of the largest in the world, spanning
1,310 meters (4,297ft) between pylons. A total of 128 spherical plain bearings
using Federal-Mogul's DEVA^® self-lubricating material technology will
accommodate the small but essential movements that occur between the bridge
and its supporting cables.

"Wind pressure, load and vibrations from traffic flow and temperature changes
are all contributors to road movement on suspension bridges," explained August
Stadlmayr, managing director of Federal-Mogul DEVA GmbH. "The Hardanger Fjord
bridge was particularly challenging because of its length and the loads
generated, so we are pleased to have developed such a low-maintenance, yet
highly effective solution."

Conventional roller bearings were not well-suited for the prolonged, minute
movements of the bridge while under constant heavy load and could potentially
suffer from surface failures called 'brinelling.' Federal-Mogul's thin-walled,
self-lubricating sliding material, deva.bm^®, addresses this issue by
providing a larger load-carrying surface, providing sufficient durability for
the life of the bridge without repair or replacement.

The design of each bearing installation ensures that even if the sliding layer
became damaged by exposure to loads in excess of the design values, the
structure of the joint is protected and the plain bearing would function at a
reduced level.

The complete bridge includes 120 spherical plain bearings with a shaft
diameter of 160 mm and eight with a shaft diameter of 300 mm, used for the
main retaining cables adjacent to the two bridge towers. The bearing solutions
for these exceptionally challenging requirements was developed by
Federal-Mogul DEVA GmbH, based in Stadtallendorf, Germany, where engineers
used a combination of materials from DEVA's standard, well-proven product
range. The joint balls are made from stainless steel, which is pressed into a
plain bearing made from deva.bm. A low-friction sliding bearing consists of a
backing comprised of steel, stainless steel or bronze, with a deva.metal^®
surface layer. This surface layer is a bronze material manufactured using
powder metallurgy - it is not porous and oil-impregnated, but rather highly
compressed and coated with a layer of solid lubricant material, such as
graphite or PTFE.

The bearing housing forms a two-part spherical ring, also lined with deva.bm,
to provide an extended, maintenance-free service life, high static and dynamic
load capacity, and low friction properties resulting from layers of
homogeneous solid lubricants.

The design is completed using thrust washers that are also made from
deva.metal, which absorb axial forces. The bearings are ideal for dry running
at slow sliding speeds with very high resistance and are well-suited for
extreme temperatures and corrosion.

This is not the first time that DEVA plain bearings have provided reliable,
low-maintenance solutions for bridge construction projects. A number of
bridges around the world benefit from this Federal-Mogul technology, including
the flap bridge in the port of Valencia, Spain over which the Formula 1 race
circuit passes; the bridge over the Peene near Anklam, Germany; and the Rethe
Bridge in Hamburg, Germany.

Some key facts about the Hardanger Fjord Bridge:

  o1,310m (4,297ft): span between pylons
  o55 m(180ft): height of highway above sea level
  o200m(656ft): height of bridge


About Federal-Mogul

Federal-Mogul Corporation  (NASDAQ:  FDML) is  a  leading global  supplier  of 
products and services to the  world's manufacturers and servicers of  vehicles 
and equipment  in the  automotive, light,  medium and  heavy-duty  commercial, 
marine,  rail,  aerospace,  power  generation  and  industrial  markets.   The 
company's  products  and  services  enable  improved  fuel  economy,   reduced 
emissions and enhanced vehicle safety.

Federal-Mogul operates two  independent business segments,  each with a  chief 
executive  officer   reporting   to  Federal-Mogul's   Board   of   Directors. 
Federal-Mogul's Powertrain Segment designs and manufactures original equipment
powertrain  components  and  systems   protection  products  for   automotive, 
heavy-duty, industrial  and  transport applications.  Federal-Mogul's  Vehicle 
Component Solutions  Segment  sells  and  distributes  a  broad  portfolio  of 
products through more  than 20 of  the world's most  recognized brands in  the 
global vehicle  aftermarket, while  also  serving original  equipment  vehicle 
manufacturers with  products  including  braking, chassis,  wipers  and  other 
vehicle components.  The company's  aftermarket brands  include ANCO^®  wiper 
blades; Champion^®  spark  plugs,  wipers and  filters;  AE^®,  Fel-Pro^®,  FP 
Diesel^®  Goetze^®,  Glyco^®,  Nüral^®,  Payen^®  and  Sealed  Power^®  engine 
products; MOOG^®  steering and  suspension parts;  and Ferodo^®  and  Wagner^® 
brake products.

Federal-Mogul was  founded in  Detroit  in 1899.  The company  employs  45,000 
people in  34 countries,  and  its worldwide  headquarters is  in  Southfield, 
Michigan,   United    States.    For   more    information,    please    visit 

Press Contact:

Ursula Hellstern                            
Federal-Mogul Corporate Communications EMEA
+49 (611) 201 9190

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