Our Space Group is recruiting!

Since 1972 ESR Technology has operated the European Space Tribology Laboratory – ESTL, a centre of excellence in the science and engineering of friction, lubrication and wear in the vacuum environment of Space. ESTL provides its customers with tribological consultancy and support, friction and wear studies and R&D programmes, lubrication and thermal vacuum testing. ESR Technology also offers the design, manufacture and test of reliable mechanical systems for Space and other high-end industries.

There exists a rare opportunity to become part of our Space team, as we are currently recruiting. We have vacancies for;

If you would like to apply for any of these roles, please email your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

'Sharing Knowledge and Insights' - ESR’s Summer of Presentations

ESR Technology has been very active this summer, presenting a wide variety of subjects at a number of important and prestigious conferences and symposia.

Our summer of presentations kicked off in May when ESR Technology attended the IChemE Hazards 28 Conference in Edinburgh. ESR’s Andy Rushton presented a paper on Experiences in ALARP Demonstration that led to a lively debate and discussion, and Steve Forster’s poster paper on Toxic Gas Detector Array Evaluation had many visitors too.


Then Simon Lewis and Mike Buttery from ESR’s Space tribology group ESTL each presented a paper at the bi-annual Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium (AMS) in the USA. Simon presented a paper on the Accelerated Testing of Tribological Components - Uncertainties and Solutions and Mike on Hybrid Lubrication of PFPE Fluids and Sputtered MoS2. Both papers were very well received and were voted the best European papers presented at the conference. 


This was followed by Hugues Renondeau from ESR Technology’s National Centre of Tribology (NCT) presenting at the 2nd International Conference on Nuclear Power Plants; Structures, Risk and Decommissioning in London. The presentation on the effect of the gas environment used in Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors (AGRs) on the wear of fuel element tie-bars and guide tube components was based on the results of representative testing undertaken at ESR. Our NCT Team designed, commissioned and operated a bespoke test facility and provided consultancy and advice on the tribological performance of the safety critical components, having reproduced the wear characteristics exhibited in operation.


In the first half of June, Steve Burch gave two presentations on recent HOIS project developments at Scandinavian venues in successive weeks. The first was titled HOIS Guidance for UAV based external remote visual inspection and was given at a conference near Oslo on Drones and Robots in Inspection and Maintenance, organised by the Norwegian TFS. This guidance has now been published and can be downloaded from www.hoispublications.com. The second paper described progress on the major HOIS project on Inspection of CUI and external corrosion scabs and was given at the prestigious18th European Conference on NDT (ECNDT) which was held in Gothenburg and attracted over 1,500 delegates from Europe and further afield.



Also in June, ESR Technology’s Anthony Kent presented at the European Space Agency’s Space Engineering and Technology Final Presentation Days. The presentation summarised the outcome of two years’ work on the use of Citric Acid as a Green Replacement for Steel Passivation. The purpose of this work was to demonstrate that citric acid could be used to achieve the same corrosion resistance for space components as the more commonly used nitric acid process, but with significantly lower environmental impacts.


More recently, ESR Technology’s Dave Mansfield and Steve Forster presented a paper on Perspectives in Addressing Cumulative Risk at the Oil & Gas Safety 30 Conference in Aberdeen. The presentation built on our experiences in developing the CORAM cumulative risk tool, deploying it in the North Sea with a major operator and our ongoing development of the tool into a web-based application.


These presentations demonstrate the depth of the expertise that ESR technology has in its specialist areas. Even though its been a busy summer for us, you can expect many more high-quality presentations to be made by us in the future!

For more information on any of the above, please contact Simon Griffin on 01925 843499 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Save the Date for NCT’s 50th – 17th October 2018!

This is the day that we will celebrate the National Centre of Tribology’s 50th birthday.

The ‘Jost Report’ was published in 1966 which led to the development of Tribology as an inter-disciplinary study of friction, wear and lubrication and the establishment of three tribology centres in the UK. The National Centre of Tribology (NCT) was one of them, established in 1968.

We’re still going strong after 50 years, so to mark this golden anniversary we are organising something special that will celebrate both the past and the future of NCT and tribology.

Watch this space for more details, but for now, save the date – 17th October 2018.

Cheshire Science Corridor chooses ESR as a case study

ESR Technology’s considerable heritage, special areas of expertise and renowned centres of excellence were all cited in the case study and video produced for the Cheshire Science Corridor.

So if something in the video or the case study resonates with you – perhaps you operate in a hostile environment, or maybe our tribological skills can improve the efficiency or reliability of your mechanical system – please contact us and we would be delighted to discuss how we might help to solve your problems.

Our thanks go to the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (http://www.871candwep.co.uk) and the Cheshire Science Corridor (http://cheshiresciencecorridorez.com) for selecting ESR Technology for this showcasing study and video.

HOIS publishes drone based inspection guidance

Did you know that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or systems (UAS), often known as drones, are now being frequently used with on-board cameras to carry out external remote visual inspection (RVI) of oil and gas facilities? The advantages of this approach, compared to a visual assessment by an inspector, include:

  • Ability to obtain images of inaccessible areas e.g. flare tips in operation;
  • Ability to capture digitally and record with positional information;
  • Storage of the image allows comparison with subsequent surveys;
  • Ease of transmission of the images around the world via the internet for assessment in a remote (comfortable!) location.

HOIS identified that there were no technical standards nor guidance available regarding the minimum acceptable UAV image quality, nor the optimum imaging equipment to deploy on these devices. As a result, wide variations in image quality arose from different UAV surveys with no criteria to assess whether the images were fit for purpose.

To address this gap, HOIS organised trials, performed by its members using airborne UAVs, to inform the development of a document which gives guidance on image quality and covers usage of UAVs for external RVI within the energy industry. The aim of the document is to ensure that the minimum image quality achieved by UAVs is adequate for the intended purpose of making engineering assessment of the integrity status of the parts inspected which can then be used to assess fitness for continued operation.

Detailed guidance is given with respect to three UAV RVI applications of highest priority to HOIS members:

  • Generation of UAV images having a resolution equivalent to close visual inspection;
  • Coating assessment to ISO 4628;
  • Flare tip/stack inspection.

The guidance document is now being made publicly available (rather than remaining confidential to HOIS members) so that there can be a more consistent approach to the use of UAVs with on-board cameras for RVI of oil & gas facilities. It can be downloaded from www.hoispublications.com.

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