ESTL Space Tribology Course (STC)

Over the last three decades ESTL has presented its highly respected Space Tribology Course at many venues and in different formats.

Most recently, the two-day version of our training course was presented in May 2018 at the 44th Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium (AMS) in Cleveland, Ohio.

Our Space Tribology Course provides a comprehensive overview of the many issues relating to friction, lubrication and wear of spacecraft mechanisms and their components and draws from data generated from ESTL’s 45+ years as Europe’s independent centre of excellence for space tribology. 

The course covers the following subjects:

  • Fundamentals of Tribology – in which tribological concepts are introduced and the special considerations for space and vacuum tribology highlighted.
  • Lubrication of Spacecraft Components – including selection of lubricant types, solid lubrication (thin films and self-lubricating materials), and fluid lubrication
  • 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.
  • Materials for Tribo-Contacts – in which an overview of the main categories of materials and their use in spacecraft tribo-components and surfaces is presented.
  • Handling and Testing of Tribo-components – covering handling and preloading bearings and testing tribo-components and mechanisms
  • ESTL Case Histories and Lessons Learned – presenting a selection of the (sometimes painful!) lessons learned on various programmes. 

The course is presented by experienced staff from ESTL and is of value to both younger engineers entering the industry and for the more experienced who may wish to refresh or challenge their tribological understanding.

ESTL plans to present its Space Tribology Course on 16th - 17th September 2019 at the 18th European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium (ESMATS) in Munich. Further details will be announced here as soon as these future courses have been organised.

We can also provide one or two-day duration in-house courses, tailored to your own organisation’s particular needs, to include a relevant case study if required. Please contact us for details if this is of interest to you.

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