For 2017, ESTL (the European Space
Tribology Laboratory) presents a new one-day version of its highly respected
Space Tribology Course. This training
course will be held on Monday 18th September 2017 at the de
Havilland campus of the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield, UK.
Delegates on the Space Tribology Course can
therefore choose whether to also attend ESA’s Advanced Mechanisms course on
Tuesday 19th September 2017 and/or the 17th European
Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium (ESMATS) hosted by Airbus Defence
& Space on Wednesday 20th to Friday 22nd September
2017. All three events are separately organised but are to be held in the same
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 ESTL’s 45 years as Europe’s independent centre of excellence for
The course will cover the following
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.
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.
Lubrication of Spacecraft
Components – in which the application-driven considerations for selection of
fluid or dry (solid) lubricants for tribo-components and surfaces 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 and testing of mechanisms
where tribological performance is critical are also presented.
Lessons Learned – presenting a
selection of the (sometimes painful!) lessons learned on various programmes.
The course is presented by experienced staff from ESTL with over 50+ combined
years of space tribological experience and 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.
Paper and electronic format
copies of the presentation slides
A pdf format copy of the latest
issue of our ‘Space Tribology Handbook’
A pdf of ‘Guidelines for Space
Mechanism Ball Bearing Design, Assembly and Preloading’
Delegates will be able to register for this
one day course on the ESMATS web site http://www.esmats.eu/esmats2017/
when the registration page opens. The fee to attend this course is £400 (four
hundred pounds) plus VAT (currently 20%). Coffee breaks and lunch will be
provided but delegates should organise their own travel and accommodation.
Note that the Space Tribology Course is not
part of ESMATS 2017 or ESA’s Advanced Mechanism course, and delegates wishing
to attend these events should register and pay the fees separately.
For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org,
telephone +44 (0)1925 843499