Space Exploration

Coatings for most demanding applications out there

The metal components used in space systems encounter wear, lubrication and thermal challenges far in excess of anything seen here on Earth. Our coatings have been up to the challenge since the very first NASA space missions, offering protection for steel, aluminum, titanium and superalloy components.

Best Coatings


Technical features

  • Dry lubrication
  • Wear resistance
  • Abrasion resistance
  • No outgassing
  • Tolerant of temperature extremes
 
Coatings for wear resistance

Application examples

Space Stations

Steel struts and nodes in space stations need lubrication so their sleeves can slide over the connecting ends of the nodes. Our Nedox and Tufram synergistic coatings lubricate the base metals and provide permanent adherence from most solids and resistance to wear and tear.

Titanium Drill Tubes

Galling can occur at the joints and in the drive shaft of titanium core sample drill tubes. Contamination can also occur from moon surface samples by titanium particles and other foreign materials. Coating these tube with Canadize can make the surfaces abrasion-resistant and permanently dry-lubricated.

Gimbal Rings

Titanium rings connecting astronaut's gloves to their space suit can be coated with Nedox or Magnagold® to provide a low friction surface for more flexibility at the wrist. These coatings can also provide protection from chlorinated water during hundreds of hours of rigorous testing in a pool before they are used in space.

Soil Testing on Mars

Canadize does not chip or flake, so it can be utilized to ensure the titanium arm and soil gathering parts on the Curiosity Rover do not contaminate soil samples. The coating prevents outgassing, along with wear resistance and anti-galling properties.

Brake Engaging Shaft

A high friction version of Plasmadize® can be used to help keep Kevlar rope from slipping in a brake engaging system for safely landing the Rovers on the surface of Mars.

Fuel Mixing Valve

Parts on space vehicles need to function despite the challenging conditions of outer space, which include extreme temperatures variants and a vacuum environment. Tufram coatings can meet these requirements, and provide lightweight aluminum fuel mixing control valves with protection against vibration and outgassing as well.