Test Validation of the Repair to the Space Station Solar Alpha Rotary JointThe Solar Array Alpha Joint Lubrication Interval Test (SARJ LITE) test rig was built as a method to evaluate the performance of the grease repair on the Starboard SARJ of the International Space Station (ISS) . The on-orbit SARJ was temporarily parked after receiving significant damage on one of its race ring surfaces as a result of inadequate lu brication (high dry contact friction) and unaccounted for roller traction kinematics. In a scaled down rig, flight-like roller bearings wer e preloaded and cycled on a nitrided 15-5 race surface. Grease was ad ded to the track and with instrumentation monitoring performance, trending data will be extracted and used to determine lubrication interva ls for both Port and Starboard ISS SARJ?s. The grease lubrication was found to be effective in eliminating the high friction that contributed to the onorbit race damage.
Allmon, Curtis (Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. Sunnyvale, CA, United States)
Wilkinson, Will (Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. Sunnyvale, CA, United States)
Loewenthal, Stu (Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. Sunnyvale, CA, United States)
August 29, 2013
May 12, 2010
Publication: Proceedings of the 40th Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium