For axial load only, “real” thrust bearings are usually used. These bearings are composed of a shaft locating washer, a cage with the roller elements and a housing locating washer. This configuration is called a unidirectional thrust bearing. If axial forces have to be absorbed from two sides, the configuration of the bearing changes as follows: two shaft locating washers, two cages with rolling elements and one housing locating washer; This storage variant is also called bidirectional thrust bearing.
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