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Unlock the Secrets of Space Tribology and Bearing Analysis: Register for Our Upcoming Training Courses!

26th July 2023

The European Space Tribology Laboratory (ESTL) is excited to announce our upcoming tribology courses, set to take place in the days prior to the prestigious European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium (ESMATS) taking place in Warsaw, Poland, this September.

The Space Tribology Course (18th – 19th Sept) is a dedicated training course that leverages experimental data from Europe’s longest-running independent centre of excellence for space tribology, boasting over 50 years of experience. Presented in-person, this comprehensive course covers crucial aspects related to friction, lubrication, and wear of spacecraft mechanisms. The agenda includes five key parts:

  • Fundamentals of Tribology: Introducing tribological concepts and special considerations for space and vacuum environments.
  • Lubrication of Spacecraft Components: Covering selection of lubricant types, solid lubrication coatings and materials, as well as fluid lubricants and their performance.
  • Tribo-component Selection, Design, and Performance: Providing an overview of different types of tribo-components and main material categories used in spacecraft applications, with a focus on ball bearings for space.
  • Handling and Testing Tribo-components: Delving into the practical aspects of handling, preloading, and testing bearings and mechanisms.
  • ESR Technology (ESTL) Case Histories and Lessons Learned: Sharing valuable insights and lessons learned from various space programs.

Additionally, and for the first time since the introduction of CABARET v3, in 2021, ESTL is offering a specialised training course for CABARET Users (11th – 12th Sept, PM only). Aimed at mechanisms engineers, this interactive online course will focus on mastering the software-enabled workflows of bearing analysis for space mechanism design. The four sessions will include

  • Introduction to CABARET: Familiarizing participants with the software and its features, enabling them to run analyses, build assemblies, and collect results autonomously.
  • Quasi-Static Analysis: Training common workflows involved in margin calculations, stresses, truncation, gapping, stiffness, preload (hard and soft), and inverse analysis.
  • Torque/Power Analysis: Teaching the use of torque estimations, fluid lubricant properties, thermal matrix, lubrication regime analyses, and lubricant selection trade-offs.
  • Working with the Bearing Sizing Guideline: Application of the guideline in initial bearing selection and PDR/CDR level designs using the software.

More information about the course and registration details can be found at the ESMATS web site