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Research Areas - Tribology and Mechanical Components Branch
Aero Drive Systems
Advance drive system technologies to meet increased performance, reliability, and integrity requirements of future aerospace vehicles.

Team Lead: Dr. Robert Handschuh

Gear Surface & Bending Fatigue
Drive Systems Health Management
Advanced Gear Systems
Gear Noise/Dynamics
High Speed Gear Lubrication & Efficiency
Contact: Dr. Timothy Krantz
Contact: Dr. Paula Dempsey
Contact: Dr. David Lewicki
Contact: Fred Oswald
Contact: Dr. Robert Handschuh

Aerospace Seals
Conceive and develop advanced concepts, utilize emerging materials, and demonstrate seal performance in state-of-the-art test facilities to meet the ever-increasing seal requirements of aeronautics and space missions.

Team Lead: Dr. Bruce Steinetz

Adaptive Seals
Heat Shield Seals
Hypersonic Control Surface Seals
Hypersonic Propulsion Seals
Long-life Turbine Seals
Space Environmental Seals
Contact: Dr. Bruce Steinetz
Contact: Pat Dunlap
Contact: Pat Dunlap
Contact: Pat Dunlap
Contact: Margaret Proctor
Contact: Pat Dunlap

Oil-Free Turbomachinery
"High-speed rotating equipment operating without oil lubricated rotor supports . . . bearings, dampers, seals" Find out more about recent technology breakthroughs in Foil Bearings, Tribological Coatings, & Analytical Modeling to enable High-Speed & High-Temperature Oil-Free Turbomachinery.

Team Lead: Dr. Christopher DellaCorte

Technology Overview
Analytical Modeling
Foil Bearings
Tribological Coatings
 

Tribology & Space Mechanisms
The Tribology & Mechanical Components Branch is actively pursuing advances in mechanisms and tribology (friction, lubrication, & wear) for space exploration applications. Approaches to address the unique requirements of moving mechanical systems in orbit and on planetary surfaces, in vacuum and subjected to extreme temperature regimes are being studied, with current emphasis on long-life systems for the lunar environment.

Team Lead: Dr. Phillip B. Abel

Lunar Surface Mobility Components
Cold Mechanisms
In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) seals
Lunar Dust Mitigation Technologies
Contact: Dr. Timothy Krantz
Contact: Fred Oswald
Contact: Margaret Proctor
Contact: Irebert Delgado


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