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Slide bearing plates are a very cost-effective way of providing for movement of mechanical systems. Piping Technology & Products, Inc. supplies slide bearing plates for a variety of applications including support of piping, heavy equipment such as pressure vessels, and structural steel members. The plates provide a surface with a low coefficient of friction which can be attached to a supporting structure. This combination provides support while simultaneously allowing an object to move (slide) freely along the supporting surface.


Most designers use the "sandwich" concept when applying slide plates to their systems. Diagram A shows a "sandwich" composed of two identical slide plates, one on top and another on the bottom. Each slide plate is composed of two components: a metal backing plate (which is like the bun of the 'sandwich") and a low coefficient of friction material which is bonded to the metal backing plate.

In a typical application, a slide bearing plate is welded to a structural steel member which is strong enough to provide the required support, but whose coefficient of friction is too high.
Diagram A
Slide Plate Sandwhich Concept
When the pipe supported by the member moves (due to thermal expansion, for example) it slides across the surface of the bearing plate without contacting the steel beam.One combination of materials that we recommend is that of PTFE, 25% Glass Filled, bonded to stainless steel. Both materials resist oxidation and have long lives even in stressful environments. For large slide plates, galvanized steel can be used in place of stainless to reduce the cost.
PTFE, 25% Glass Filled
Bronzphite Slide Plate
Graphite Slide Plate

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Max Load
Coefficient of Friction

PTFE, 25% Glass Filled

-320°F to +500°F
Loads up to 2,000 PSI

.01 to .2

up to 1,100°F
Loads up to 5,000 PSI
+1,000°F Air & +3,000°F Inert
Loads up to 2,000 PSI
Stainless Steel
up to 1500°F
Loads up to 5,000 PSI

.06 to .08


+400°F to +800°F
100 PSI to 2,500 PSI
.06 to .08


1. Please specify the dimensions of the upper plate and dimensions of the lower plate. It is common practice that the upper plate is generally larger than the lower plate.
2. Specify base plate thickness (if different than standard 1/8").

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PTFE, 25% Glass Filled, provides a low coefficient of friction for most combinations of temperature and load. Diagram B (see PTFE, 25% Glass Filled, Slide Plate) shows the recommended conditions for 3/32" PTFE, 25% Glass Filled. For most applications, PTFE, 25% Glass Filled, is adequate when the temperature is less than 400 degrees F. When the slide bearing plate must function at higher temperatures, graphite can be used instead of PTFE, 25% Glass Filled. The load-bearing capacity of graphite is not sensitive to increases in temperature, but the adhesive used to bond the graphite to its metal backing is. It is good practice to use additional mechanical fasteners such as counter-sunk screws to help hold the graphite in place when the temperatures are above 500 degrees F. For combinations of temperature and load beyond the capabilities of graphite, special designs must be considered.


Welding is the most common method of attaching the slide bearing plate to supporting metal structures. When this approach is used a "lip" must be built since the welding's extreme temperature may break the bond between the low-friction material and the metal plate. A 0.25 inch "lip" is adequate for most welded installations. When welding cannot be used (for safety or other reasons) to attach the slide plates, bolting is the most common substitute.Before we can begin constructing your slide bearing plates, we need to know the following:

  • The material you desire for the low-friction surface, based on the highest combinations of temperature and load the component will experience. PTFE, 25% Glass Filled, and graphite are the most common choices.
  • The desired size and shape for the low-friction surface.
  • The type of metal you desire for the plate backing. Most designers choose galvanized or stainless steel.
  • The size and shape for the metal plate backing of the low-friction surface.
Slide bearing plates are components of many products Piping Technology & Products, Inc. supplies such as guided pipe shoes and upthrust constants. As a result, we have extensive experience in bonding PTFE, 25% Glass Filled, and graphite to metal plates. Modern adhesives are adequate for most applications. However, mechanical fasteners such as counter-sunk screws can be added when needed. If you have unique problems, we will be happy to custom-design a practical solution to your problem.
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