15th European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium 2013

Noordwijk, The Netherlands - 25th to 27th September, 2013

Conference Programme

ESMATS 2013

(Final conference programme - updated 21st September, 2013)
Wednesday 25th September, 2013
Opening Session
09:00 Welcome, General Info
G. Migliorero, ESA-ESTEC

09:10 Welcome, Head of ESA Mechanical Engineering, TEC-M
C. Stavrinidis

09:20 Welcome, CNES
A. Borrien

09:30 Development and Qualifiaction of the Rosetta Lander Landing Gear
H.J. Jung, Astrium GmbH

Session 1: Pointing 1
Chair: H. Cruijssen
10:10 Electric Propulsion Pointing Mechanism for Bepi Colombo
Janu, P.; Neugebauer, C.; Schermann, R.; Supper, L.
RUAG Space GmbH, AUSTRIA

10:30 Development of a High Temperature Antenna Pointing Mechanism for BepiColombo Planetary Orbiter
Campo, P.; Barrio, A.; Puente, N.
SENER, SPAIN

10:50 3POD: A High Performance Parallel Antenna Pointing Mechanism
Raynal, N.1; Bernabe, L.1; Michel, Y.2
1Comat Aerospace, FRANCE; 2CNES, FRANCE

11:10 Coffee break
Session 2: Tribology 1
Chair: S. Lewis
11:40 Speed Dependence of Bearing Torque - Anomalous Effects with Grease Lubrication
Hampson, M.1; Buttery, Michael2; Roberts, Emyr W.2
1ESR Technology Ltd, UNITED KINGDOM; 2ESTL, ESR Technology Ltd, UNITED KINGDOM

12:00 SLPMC - Self Lubricating Polymer Matrix Composites
Merstallinger, A1; Macho, C1; Jogl, C1; Brodowski-Hanemann, G2; Bieringer, H2;
Pambaguian, L3
1AAC - Aerospace and Advanced Composites, AUSTRIA;
2Ensinger Sintimid GmbH, AUSTRIA; 3ESTEC, NETHERLANDS

12:20 Fomblin Z25: A New Method for its Degradation Assessment & Proposal for Safe Operation in Space
Gaillard, L.1; Rajala, S.1; Rohr, T.1; Buttery, M.2; Roberts, E.2; Merstallinger, A.3
1ESA-ESTEC, NETHERLANDS; 2ESTL, UNITED KINGDOM; 3Aerospace & Advanced Composites GmbH

12:40 Influence of Tribology of Cage Material on Ball Bearing Cage Instability
Servais, C.; Duquenne, M.; Bozet, J.-L.
Université de Liège, BELGIUM

13:00 Lunch
Session 3: Components 1
Chair: H.J. Jung
14:15 Design, Assembly and Preloading of Ball Bearings For Space Applications - Lessons Learned and Guidelines For Future Success
Videira, E.1; Lebreton, C.1; Lewis, S.2; Gaillard, L.3
1ADR, FRANCE; 2ESTL, UNITED KINGDOM; 3ESA, NETHERLANDS

14:35 Robust Electrical Transfer System (RETS) for Solar Array Drive Mechanism Slip Ring Assembly
Bommottet, D.
RUAG Space Switzerland, SWITZERLAND

14:55 Resettable Ultra Low Shock Actuators: Development of 2 BBMS Representative of Large Scale Applications
Bonduelle, B.1; Duforet, O.1; Valembois, G.2
1SOTEREM, FRANCE; 2Conseil et Technique, FRANCE

15:15 Micro Vibration Improvement of a Stepper Actuated Mechanism
Kozilek, H.1; Specht, B.1; Lee, S.-G.2; Yong, S.-S.2
1Astrium GmbH, GERMANY; 2KOREA, DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF

15:35 Design and Development of a High Power Stirling Cooler
Watson, S; Camilletti, A
Astrium, UNITED KINGDOM

15:55 Coffee break
Session 4: Locking 1
Chair: E. Boesiger
16:25 Swarm Deployable Boom Assembly (DBA) Design, Development and Testing of a Deployable Magnetometer Boom for the Swarm Spacecraft.
McMahon, P.1; Jung, H.J.2; Edwards, J.1 ,
1Astrium Ltd, UNITED KINGDOM
2Astrium GmbH, GERMANY

16:45 InSight Instrument Deployment Arm (IDA)
Fleischner, R
MDA US Systems, LLC, UNITED STATES

17:05 Deployment Mechanisms of a Gossamer Satellite Deorbiter
Fernandez, J1; Prassinos, G1; Lappas, V1; Erb, S2
1University of Surrey, UNITED KINGDOM; 2ESA/ESTEC, NETHERLANDS

17:25 Design & Integration of the AEHF Payload Wing Deployment Assembly
Boesiger, E; Ford, F
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, UNITED STATES

17:45 Solar Array Root Hinge based on Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) Actuator
Blanc, A.; Chassoulier, D.; Champandard, F.; François, X.
Thales Alenia Space, FRANCE

19:00 Shuttles depart from Theater De Muze to Space Expo
Thursday 26th September, 2013
Session 5: Instruments 1
Chair: C. Compstizo
08:30 Design, Building and Testing of a Sun Calibration Mechanism for the MSI-VNS Instrument on EarthCARE
Meijer, E.A.; Tabak, E.; de Goeij, B.T.G.
TNO, NETHERLANDS

08:50 LISA Pathfinder Cage and Vent Mechanism - Development and Qualification
Zahnd, B.; Zimmermann, M.; Spörri, R.
RUAG Schweiz AG, RUAG Space, SWITZERLAND

09:10 Multi-Screw Focusing Mechanism for DMC3 SUB-1m Imager
Kraliz, R
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd., UNITED KINGDOM

09:30 Alignment and testing of the GPRM as Part of the LTP Caging Mechanism
Koeker, I.1; Rozemeijer, H.2
1Astrium GmbH, GERMANY; 2ESA/AOES, NETHERLANDS

09:50 Main Port Mechanism for PRISMA
Caprini, G. C.1; Ceccherini, M.1; Brotini, M.1; Bini, A.1; Corsini, R.2; Gasparini, L.2;
Battazza, F.3; Formaro, R.3
1Selex-ES, space LoB - Via A. Einstein, 35, 50013 Campi Bisenzio - Firenze (Italy)
2Highftech Engineering, Via G. Fucà, 145 - 41122 Modena (Italy)
3ASI, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana, Via del Politecnico. Snc, I-00133 Rome (Italy)

10:10 Coffee break
Session 6: Pointing 2
Chair: F. Champanard
11:10 Beam Steering Mechanism for EarthCARE Atmospheric Lidar instrument - An Improved Piezoelectric Tip Tilt Mechanism
Bourgain, F.1; Sosnicki, O.1; Claeyssen, F.1; Lelay, J.P.2; Prevost, E.2; Corlay, G.1
1CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES, FRANCE; 2SODERN, FRANCE

11:30 Risk Mitigation Testing with the BEPI Colombo MPO SADA
Zemann, J.1; Heinrich, B.1; Skulicz, A.1; Madsen, M.1; Weisenstein, W.1; Modugno, F.1; Panhofer, T.2; Osterseher, G.2
1RUAG Schweiz AG, RUAG Space, SWITZERLAND;2RUAG Space GmbH (Wien), AUSTRIA

11:50 SWIM RMA - High Antenna Lifetime Mechanism
Sucher, D; Chassoulier, D; Champandard, F; Francois, X
THALES ALENIA SPACE, FRANCE

12:10 Testing of Advanced Generic Scan Mechanisms (AGSM)
Anderson, M1; Forshaw, T2; Parzianello, G3
1ESR Technology, UNITED KINGDOM; 2ESTL, ESR Technology, UNITED KINGDOM;
3ESTEC, NETHERLANDS

12:30 Magnetic Gearing and Universal Joint - Two Functions combined within one Gear Unit
Puchhammer, G.
Karl Rejlek GmbH, AUSTRIA
12:50 Lunch
Session 7: Tribology 2
Chair: J. Murer
14:00 Development of Dry Lubricated Harmonic Drives for Space Applications ('HarmLES')
Merstallinger, A1; Jansson, M2; Brizuela-Parra, M3; Viviente, J.L.3; Gabler, C4;
Holzbauer, R1; Jogl, C1
1AAC, AUSTRIA; 2Harmonic Drive AG, GERMANY; 3TECNALIA, SPAIN; 4AC2T research, AUSTRIA

14:20 Application of Ionic Liquids into Space Lubricants
Okaniwa, T; Hayama, M
Kyodo Yushi Co LTD, JAPAN

14:40 Dry Lubrication Efficiency: From Ground to Space
Colas, G.1; Saulot, A.1; Michel, Y.2; Baudasse, Y.3; Mistral, A.3;Berthier, Y.1
1INSA de Lyon, LaMCoS UMR CNRS 5259, F-69621, FRANCE;
2CNES, 18 avenue Edouard Belin, 31401 Toulouse CEDEX 9, FRANCE;
3Thales Alenia Space, 100 Boulevard du Midi, 06156 Cannes la Bocca, FRANCE

15:00 Performance Testing of Harmonic Drive Gears lubricated with two types of lubrication: Liquid-Lubricated H-DLC-Coating and Solid MoS2
Wan Zhihua; Hao Hong; Zhou Hui; Zhang Kaifeng; Hu Hanjun; Yang Lamaocao
Lanzhou Institute of physics/China Academy Of Space Technology, CHINA

15:20 The Potential of Indium as a Soft Metal Lubricant Replacement for Lead
Buttery, M; Wardzinski, B; Roberts, E
ESR Technology, UNITED KINGDOM

15:40 Coffee break
Session 8: Locking 2
Chair: P. Guay
16:10 Managing Reaction Wheel Microvibration on a High Resolution EO Small Spacecraft
Smet, G.; Richardson, G.; McLaren, S.,; Haslehurst, A.
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd., UNITED KINGDOM

16:30 Separation Mechanisms and Release/Motion Analysis for ExoMars 2016
Prieto, M.; Del Campo, F.; Jauregui, Y.
SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas, SPAIN

16:50 Development Status of Low-shock Payload Separation Mechanism for H-IIA Launch Vehicle
Terashima, K.1; Kamita, T.1; Kobayashi, M.1; Horie, Y.2; Onikura, H.2
1Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), JAPAN; 2Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd, JAPAN

17:10 Robustness improvement of ARA Kevlar Hold Down Restraint Cables
Bongers, E.1; Konink, T1; Koning, J2
1Dutch Space, NETHERLANDS; 2HIT, NETHERLANDS

18:00 Shuttles depart from Theater De Muze to De Majesteit, Rotterdam
Friday 27th September, 2013
Session 9: Instruments 2
Chair: G. Szekely
08:30 Overview of Design and Validation of the Fine Guidance Sensor Mechanisms for JWST
Gibson, A.S.1; McColgan, A.2; Heald, J.C.1; Harpell, E.2; Anderson, M.J.3; Sharma, R.4
1Canadian Space Agency, CANADA; 2COM DEV International, CANADA; 3ESTL-ESR Technology, UNITED KINGDOM;
4NASA GSFC - Electromechanical Systems Branch, UNITED STATES

08:50 Development of the Orion Crew Module - Service Module Umbilical Retention and Release Mechanism
Glidden, J1; Lamoreaux, C1; Delap, D2
1Lockheed Martin SSC, UNITED STATES; 2NASA, UNITED STATES

09:10 Life-Test Investigation and Status of the NIRISS Dual Wheel Cryogenic Mechanism for JWST
Gibson, A.S.1; McColgan, A.2; Heald, J.C.1; Gentlehomme, M.5; Vila, B.2; Dhanji, Z.2; Anderson, M.J.3; Sharma, R.4
1Canadian Space Agency, CANADA; 2COM DEV International, CANADA; 3ESTL-ESR Technology, UNITED KINGDOM;
4NASA GSFC - Electromechanical Systems Branch, UNITED STATES
5CDA Intercorp, UNITED STATES

09:30 Electro-mechanical Actuator (EMAs) for space applications
De Coster, F.; Greck, G.; Verhoeven, D.
SABCA, BELGIUM

09:50 High Energy and Efficiency Penetrator - HEEP
Wisniewski, L.1; Grygorczuk, J.1; Banaszkiewicz, M.1; Ciesielska, M.1; Dobrowolski, M.1; Kedziora, B.1; Krasowski, J.1; Przybyla, R.1;Seweryn, K.1; Tokarz, M.1; Wawrzaszek, R.1; Bienkowski, K.2;Drogosz, M.2
1Space Research Centre PAS, POLAND; 2Warsaw University of Technology, POLAND

10:20 Coffee break
Session 10: Components 2
Chair: V. Gass
10:50 BRUCE Electromagnetic Actuated Pin-Puller
Hihoud , H1; Pagès, A1; Benoit, C1; Claeyssen, F1; Sanchez, S2; Guay, P2; Tremolières, S2
1CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES S.A., FRANCE; 2CNES, FRANCE

11:10 The INCAS Project: an Innovative Contact-less Angular Sensor
Di Cintio, A.1; Solimando, M.1; Ghislanzoni, L.2; Parzianello, G.3
1CGS SpA, ITALY; 2C-SIGMA srl, ITALY; 3ESA/ESTEC, NETHERLANDS

11:30 Angular Positioning Sensor for Space Mechanisms
Steiner, N.; Oriol, A.
Ruag Space Switzerland, SWITZERLAND

11:50 A Long-Life Contactless Power and Data Transfer Module for Next Generation Radiometry Devices
Worsfold, P1; Butler, A.2
1Systems Engineering & Assessment, UNITED KINGDOM;
2ESR Technology, UNITED KINGDOM

12:10 Preloaded Bearing Characteristics Under Axial Vibration
Munro, G1; Checkley, M1; Forshaw, T1; Seiler, R2
1ESR Technology Ltd, UNITED KINGDOM; 2ESA, NETHERLANDS

12:10 Closure Remarks
12:40 Lunch
14:00 Shuttles depart for company visits

Posters


P-01 Simple Motor Control Concept Results High Efficiency at High Velocities
Starin, S
Avior Control Technologies, Inc, UNITED STATES
P-02 New Deployment Mechanisms Based on SMA Technology for Space Applications
Nava Rodriguez, N1; Collado, M2; Cabás, R1
1Arquimea Ingenieria, SPAIN; 2Arquimea Ingeniera, SPAIN
P-03 Enhanced Pointing Gimbal Mechanisms for Next Generation Communication Antennas
Nalbandian, R.; Nalbandian, Ruben/Mr
Moog Inc., UNITED STATES
P-04 Poster deleted
P-05 Poster deleted
P-06 Micro-Vibration Performance Prediction of SEPTA24 using SMeSim (RUAG Space Mechanism Simulator tool)
Omiciuolo, M.; Székely, G.; Lang, A.
RUAG Schweiz AG, SWITZERLAND
P-07 Verification Test for Ultra-Light Deployment Mechanism (UDM) for Sectioned Large Deployable Antenna Reflectors
Zajac, K.1; Schmidt, T.1; Schiller, M.1; Seifart, K.1; Schmalbach, M.2;
Scolamiero, L.3
1HTS GmbH, GERMANY; 2RUAG Schweiz AG, SWITZERLAND; 3ESA ESTEC, NETHERLANDS
P-08 Sealed Brush Gear Motor (SBGM) – Qualification Testing with Focus on Random Vibration Testing
Schwarz, R.; Scheidegger, N.; Zahnd, B.; Schmalbach, M.
RUAG Schweiz AG, RUAG Space, SWITZERLAND
P-09 Low Shock Non-Explosive Actuator
Chang, B; Laughlin, P; Sasaki, T.
Cooper Interconnect, UNITED STATES
P-10 Design of a Manipulator Prototype for On-Orbit Module Replacement
Hu, B.; Chen, M.; Han, L.
Shanghai Institute of Aerospace Systems Engineering, CHINA
P-11 Optimization and Verification of a BLDC-Motor for Cryogenic Mechanisms
Eggens, M1; van Loon, Dennis1; Nieuwenhuizen, Ad1; Detrain, Axel1;
Smit, Heino1; Dieleman, Pieter1; Jellema, Willem1;
Poglitsch, Albrecht2; Schubert, Josef2
1SRON, NETHERLANDS; 2MPE, GERMANY
P-12 Study of Frictional Properties of Epitaxial Graphene on SiC in UHV
Marchetto, D.; Dienwiebel, M.
FhG-KIT MikrotribologieCentrum µTC, GERMANY
P-13 Development of Motor Bearings for a New SADA (BepiColombo)
Kreuser, J.1; Bergrath, B.1; Heinrich, B.2; Zemann, J.2
1CEROBEAR GmbH, GERMANY; 2RUAG Space, SWITZERLAND
P-14 Mechanisms and Lubrication of Electrodynamic Tether System for Debris Removal
Matsumoto, K; Shiomi, H; Kawamoto, S; Okawa, Y
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAPAN
P-15 Poster upgraded to an oral presentation in Session 6 at 12:30
P-16 Testing the Injection of the LISA Pathfinder Test Mass into Geodesic Conditions
Bortoluzzi, D.1; Conklin, J.2; Garcia Marirrodriga, C.3; Nellen, P.4; Koeker, I.5;
Vitale, S.1; Zanoni, C.1
1University of Trento, ITALY; 2University of Florida, UNITED STATES;
3European Space Agency, NETHERLANDS; 4RUAG Schweiz AG, SWITZERLAND; 5EADS Astrium Friedrichsafen, GERMANY
P-17 A Novel Passive Robotic Tool Interface
Roberts, Paul D.D.
MDA, CANADA
P-18 Optimization of the Robotic Joint Equipped with Cyloidal Gear and Direct Drive for Space Applications
Seweryn, K.; Grassmann, K.; Ciesielska, M.; Rubus, T.; Turek, M.
Space Research Centre, PAS, POLAND
P-19 Alignment and Verification of a Grapping and Positioning Mechanism
Reichenberger, K.R.1; Koeker, Ingo2; Stary, F.1; Rozemeijer, H.3; Koeker, I.2
1MAGNA Aerospace, AUSTRIA; 2EADS ASTRIUM GmbH, GERMANY;
3ESA, NETHERLANDS
P-20 MAGDRIVE: a Non-Contact Magnetic Superconducting Harmonic Drive
Perez-Diaz, Jose-Luis1; Diez-Jimenez, E.2; Cristache, C.2; Valiente-Blanco, I.2; Álvarez-Valenzuela, M.2; Sánchez-García-Casarrubios, J.2; Carbone, G.3;
Ferdeghini, C.4; Canepa, F.4; Plechácek, Jan5; Hornig, Wolfgang6; Sanz, Violeta7; Amorim, António J. Rosa8
1Instituto Pedro Juan de Lastanosa, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, SPAIN;
2Dto. Ingeniería Mecánica. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, SPAIN;
3Universitá de Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale;
4CNR-SPIN; 5CAN Superconductors; 6B.P.E.; 7LIDAX ingeniería;
8Fundação da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa

Social Programme

25th September 2013
  • Cocktail reception at 18.00 - Location: Space Expo. Fee: open to all registered participants
26th September 2013
  • Symposium dinner at 19.00 - Location: De Majesteit, Rotterdam. Fee: open to all registered participants
27th September 2013
  • Optional industrial visit - Details tba. Fee: open to all registered participants

Companion Tours

Due to the low level of interest the organising committee was forced to cancel the companion tours originally planned for 25th and 26th September 2013.

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Local Arrangements

There are a number of hotels within walking distance to the DeMuze. Booking of local hotels may be done via the online form that is provided on this website in order to benefit from reduced rates. Links to hotels are also available on this website as well as further information on transport etc. Early reservations are highly advisable.

Presenters Guidelines

Recording devices are not permitted during the sessions.

Oral or poster presentations may be accompanied by the demonstration of novel mechanisms and products.

Technical Recommendations for Oral Presentations

  • The working language of the symposium will be English.
  • Presenters shall allocate the indicated time (please check the preliminary programme to be posted by end April) per presentation - including time for questions - and are asked to follow their allocated presentation time including time for questions and discussions.
  • Please bring your presentation in PPT (Microsoft Office 2010) or PDF format on a USB stick
  • Presenters are kindly requested to arrive in the meeting room at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the session
  • The presentations should contain clear information with appropriate font size that is legible from the back of the conference room.
  • Hand-outs of your presentation will not be provided to the participants.
  • A PC will be available for the presentations. For performing the presentation, MS-Powerpoint or Adobe PDF Reader under Windows 7 will be used.

Technical Recommendations for Poster Presentations

  • Presenters at the poster sessions shall bring their own printed posters. It is not possible to print a poster on site.
  • Authors are strongly encouraged to produce a proper poster rather than using multiple sheets of A4 paper.
  • The display area of the poster panels is 97 cm wide x 147 cm high.
  • Poster numbers (according to the conference programme) will be noted on the wall panels.
  • Presenters shall be available at the poster session near their poster for the duration of the session in order to answer to the conference participants questions
  • Posters will be displayed for the duration of the conference.
Additional information relating to good presentation practise can be found on the presentation guide page

Template for Full Paper Delivery

  • Presenters are asked to use the template available below for download in .doc and .pdf formats for setting up their paper.
  • PDF format
  • Word format
  • Full instructions are in the template
  • Due date for delivery of the paper is 18 August 2013 in order to be included on the proceedings CD
  • Delivery by email to esapub@gmail.com



ESMATS 2013

For its 30 year anniversary the 15th ESMATS will be will be held at the Theater de Muze, Noordwijk, The Netherlands on the 25th to 27th September 2013.

Important Dates:

1st Oct, 2012:

1st announcement, call for papers

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11th Feb, 2013:

Deadline for abstract submission


12th Apr, 2013:

Authors notification, Preliminary Programme & Start of Registration


4th Jun, 2013:

Deadline for Presenter's Registration


14th Jun, 2013:

Second Announcement/ Final Programme


18th Aug, 2013:

Deadline to Submit Full Paper

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23-24th Sep, 2013:

ESTL Space Tribology Course


24th Sep, 2013:

Pre-registration for ESMATS (after 17.00)


25th Sep, 2013:

Registration for ESMATS(8.30am)


25-27th Sep, 2013:

ESMATS 2013 - Symposium and Distribution of Proceedings


27th Sep, 2013:

Departure after lunch or optional visit (TBA)


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