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16th European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium 2015

Bilbao, Spain - 23rd to 25th September 2015

17th European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium, 2017

Is being organised by Airbus Defence and Space Ltd and will be held in Hertfordhire, United Kingdom - 20th to 22nd September 2017
Full details can be found on the symposium website ESMATS 2017

Bilbao, Spain - 21st to 22nd September 2015

Registration is now open for STC 2015 via the ESMATS Registration site.

em robert lecture ESTL (the European Space Tribology Laboratory) presents this popular dedicated Space Tribology Course (STC) which draws heavily from experimental data generated during its 40+ years as Europe’s independent centre of excellence for space tribology. The course has been running successfully since 1987 and on the two days immediately prior to ESMATS for some years.

The course provides a comprehensive overview of the many issues relating to friction, lubrication and wear of spacecraft mechanisms, which can be summarised in 5 parts:

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. Some feedback from previous delegates:

    "I was very pleased with the course ... did a wonderful job, I have no recommendations."
    "...great combination of theory, practical applications and real world examples."
    "...all I hoped for and more."
    " was excellent."

Attendees will receive:
  • Personal paper and electronic format copies of presentation handouts
    (approximately 500 slides in total).

Registration and Fees

As with previous years the course will be held on the 2 days prior to the ESMATS Symposium so that delegates can amalgamate attendance of this course with attendance at the ESMATS Symposium. The course will held in the same venue in Bilbao as ESMATS 2015.

Delegates will be able to register for STC 2015 at the same time as registering for ESMATS when the registration page opens in early 2015.

This course is not part of the ESMATS 2015 Symposium and an additional fee of €1000 is payable for delgates attending this course in addition to ESMATS 2015.

ESTL Space Tribology Course (STC)
ESTL Tribology Course.

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

For Further Information Contact:

ESTL - ESR Technology Ltd
ESTL is part of ESR Technology Ltd

Simon Griffin
ESTL - ESR Technology Ltd
Whittle House
410 The Quadrant
Birchwood Park
Warrington WA3 6FW

Telephone: +44 (0)1925 843499
Fax: +44 (0)1925 843497

Space Tribology

estl tribology handbook


  • Basic Tribology.
  • Tribo-component Selection, Design and Performance.
  • Selection of Lubricant Type
  • Solid Lubricants
  • Fluid Lubricants
  • Materials for Tribological Components and Surfaces
  • Component and Mechanism Testing
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