Space Tribology Course (STC) in Munich this September 

  • Comprehensive overview of friction, lubrication and wear in spacecraft mechanisms
  • Highly respected two-day training cource in the same week and venue as ESMATS 2019
  • 16th & 17th September 2019 at the Eurostars Grand Central Hotel, Munich

ESTL – The European Space Tribology Laboratory – will present a two-day version of its highly respected Space Tribology Course. This training course will be held on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th September 2019, the two days immediately before the 18th bi-annual European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium. The training course will be held in the same venue, The Eurostars Grand Central Hotel, Munich, Germany.

The 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 ESR Technology (ESTL) 47 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. 

All attendees will receive:

  • A hard copy of the presentation slides 
  • A personal electronic copy of the presentation slides 

In addition, delegates from entities registered in the ESA Member and Co-operating states (ONLY) will be given electronic (web based) access to the latest issue of our ‘Space Tribology Handbook’, ‘Guidelines for Space Mechanism Ball Bearing Design, Assembly and Preloading’, and can elect to register for access to many other ESTL technical reports.

Subject to completion of a qualifying declaration, delegates from entities registered in the USA may receive access to the latest issue of our “Space Tribology Handbook” (ONLY).

Registration and Fees:

To ensure your place on this popular course please use the “Save A Place” registration system on the ESMATS website without any requirement for payment yet. Delegates will be able to complete their registration and pay the fees for this 2-day course via the STC Registration page in due course.

The fee to attend this course is €900 plus VAT (German rate, currently 19%). Coffee breaks and a light lunch will be provided but delegates will need to organise their own travel and accommodation.

Note that the Space Tribology Course (STC) is not part of ESMATS 2019 or ESA’s Advanced Mechanism Design Course (AMDC), and delegates wishing to attend STC must register for the course, accept the appropriate terms on data protection according to the course provider ESR Technology (ESTL) and pay the additional fee (plus VAT).

Further details about future course dates, location, duration and pricing are available on request. Tailored courses and discounts are available for group bookings.

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