May 14-15, 2018

Course – ESTL Space Tribology

Approximate Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: Hilton Cleveland Downtown

Registration Price: $1000

Description and Learning Objective:

The European Space Tribology Laboratory presents this course which draws heavily from experimental data generated during its 45 years as Europe’s independent center of excellence for space tribology. Attendees will receive a comprehensive overview of the many issues relating to friction, lubrication and wear of spacecraft mechanisms, presented in 4 parts:

  • Fundamentals of Tribology – in which tribological concepts are introduced and the special considerations for space and vacuum tribology highlighted.
  • Tribo-component Design and Performance – in which an overview of the different types, characteristics and performances of tribo-components (ball bearings, gears, plain and ball/rollerscrews, etc.) used in spacecraft applications is provided. This includes a detailed presentation of considerations for design, selection and load capacity verification of ball bearings for space applications.
  • Lubrication of Spacecraft Components – in which the application-driven considerations for selection of fluid and dry (solid) lubricants are provided. This part includes the considerations and typical performances of dry (solid) and fluid lubricants, respectively. Some practical issues concerning application, handling and preloading of ball bearings are also presented.
  • Lessons Learned – presenting a selection of the (sometimes painful!) lessons learned on various programs.

Summarizing test data not widely accessible outside Europe, the course, whose two presenters have almost 40 years of space tribological experience, will be valuable both for younger engineers entering the industry and for the more experienced who may wish to refresh or challenge their tribological understanding. Attendees will receive personal paper and electronic format copies of presentation handouts (around 300 slides in total). The symposium price for the course is $1000 and a minimum of 25 delegate registrations is required for the class to be held.

Register via the ESR website: