ESTL Space Tribology Course

23rd - 24th September 2013
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ESTL has run the Space Tribology Course (STC) successfully since 1987. Led by experienced space engineers, the course draws on the heritage of ESTL in the field of Space Mechanisms, Advanced Tribology and Space Lubricants.

Participants will learn:
  • Techniques of applied design of tribological components including mechanisms, bearings and gears
  • How to define and apply criteria for the selection of designs
  • How to define and apply criteria for the selection of materials
  • How theories of lubrication affect critical design and manufacturing decisions
  • Qualification test procedures including thermal vacuum testing of mechanisms
The course includes training in:
  • Solid Lubricants including molybdenum disulphide, thin lead films and self lubricating bearing cages
  • Fluid Lubricants including Pennzane and Fomblin Z25
  • Space qualified materials including structural materials, vacuum compatibility and use of heritage data
Participants will receive copies of the lecture notes and the Space Tribology Handbook on

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 the Theater DeMuze in Noordwijk/Zee Wantveld where ESMATS 2013 will be held.

Delegates may register for STC 2013 using this link (please click)

This course is not part of the ESMATS 2013 Symposium and an additional fee of €1000 is payable.

ESTL Space Tribology Course (STC)
ESTL Tribology Course.
(€1000 + VAT)
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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
Handbook on CD:

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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