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On-orbit coldweldingSpacecraft mechanisms are required to operate in the space environment for extended periods of time. A significant concern to the spacecraft designer is the possibility of metal to metal coldwelding or significant increases in friction. Coldwelding can occur between atomically clean metal surfaces when carefully prepared in a vacuum chamber on earth. The question is whether coldwelding occurs in orbit service conditions. The results of the System Special Investigation Group's (SIG's) investigation into whether coldwelding had occurred on any Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) hardware are presented. The results of a literature search into previous ground based anomalies is also presented. Results show that even though there have been no documented on-orbit coldwelding related failures, precautions should be taken to ensure that coldwelding does not occur in the space environment and that seizure does not occur in the prelaunch or launch environment.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Dursch, Harry
(Boeing Aerospace and Electronics Co. Seattle, WA, United States)
Spear, Steve
(Boeing Aerospace and Electronics Co. Seattle, WA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1991
Publication Information
Publication: NASA, Langley Research Center, First LDEF Post-Retrieval Symposium Abstracts
Subject Category
Mechanical Engineering
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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