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Lubrication handbook for the space industry. Part A: Solid lubricants. Part B: Liquid lubricants

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Space Industry Lubrication

This handbook is intended to provide a ready reference for many of the solid and liquid lubricants used in the space industry. Lubricants and lubricant properties are arranged systematically so that designers, engineers, and maintenance personnel can conveniently locate data needed for their work. This handbook is divided into two major parts (A and B). Part A is a compilation of solid lubricant suppliers information on chemical and physical property of data of more than 250 solid lubricants, bonded solid lubricants, dispersions, and composites. Part B is a compilation of chemical and physical property data of more then 250 liquid lubricants, greases, oils, compounds, and fluids. The listed materials cover a broad spectrum from manufacturing and ground support to hardware applications of spacecraft.

Contributor: NASA

This handbook was prepared by Ernest L. McMurtrey, Lubrication and Surface Physics Branch, Engineering Physics Division, Materials and Processes Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, George C. Marshall Space flight Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, Alabama 35812.

The previous handbook was prepared by Midwest Research Institute, 425 Volker Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri 64110, Report No. NASA CR-161109, Report Date September 1978, Contract No. NAS8-31715, Sponsoring Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, D.C. 20546, under the technical supervision of Ernest L. McMurtrey.

Part A of the handbook is divided into six major sections and Part B into four sections. Section I, introduction, defines solid lubricants, outlines their advantages and disadvantages, states the purpose of Part A and gives a general description of the various types of solid lubricants; Section II contains alphabetical lists of manufacturers and products, compatibility, and usage tables for selected bonded solid lubricants and composite materials; Section III contains data sheets which give general composition and physical properties of selected lubricants; Section IV includes data sheets listing manufacturer supplied test and application data; Section V covers laboratory test data obtained at MRi on selected solid film lubricants, gear test data and composite materials; Section VI containing three appendices, one a glossary of terms, the second containing excerpts of solid lubricant specifications, and the third, description of test apparatus and procedures used in laboratory evaluation of solid lubricants.

The four sections of Part B are Section I, introduction, which states the purpose of Part B, gives instructions for use of Part B, presents indices of all materials included, and a series of charts illustrating various kinds of potential application; Section II includes brief written description of military specifications; Section III contains data sheets, listing physical and chemical properties of selected lubricants; Section IV contains results of long-term evaluation of selected grease lubricants; and Section V containing three appendices, one a glossary of lubrication terms, the second a series of summaries of standard testing methods used to evaluate lubricating oils, gears, and fluids and the third information system international (SI) units and conversion factors.

Units are given in the SI System with the traditional units in parentheses.

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