Research and Development

ESTL performs ESA-funded R&D activities each year.

Called the Tribology Application Programme (TAP), these activities generate essential tribological data for the benefit of the European space community

  • Hybrid lubrication
  • Improved solid lubricants
  • Component assemblies and characterisation
  • Improved inspection techniques
  • Fluid loss (creep, evaporation & up-take)

ESTL also undertakes tailored R&D on a commercial basis

To support these activities, ESTL operates a number of highly specialised test facilities


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