ENSURING SUCCESS OF AEROSPACE PROJECTS & MISSIONS
INNOVATIVE BALL BEARING ENGINEERING
Success of aerospace missions can no longer be dependent on ball bearing failurE
Ball bearing is without doubt one of the most widespread mechanical components.
But when a ball bearing is subjected to high speeds, heavy loads or a harsh external environment, its behavior remains misunderstood.
Under these extreme conditions, bearings may become unstable or deteriorate. Many space missions have been disrupted or even aborted, precisely because of bearing performance problems, with very serious consequences in scientific, technical, political and, above all, financial terms. Under such conditions, classical approaches to engineer or select bearings do not work.
The common feature of most bearing damages is the kinematics of the balls.
However, this kinematics is difficult to understand and to model accurately. In fact, it had never been properly described to date.
WE DID IT.
In particular, with the Butterfly Cage, we have solved the CAGE INSTABILITY PROBLEM, encountered in turbopumps, RWA, gyroscopes, ... (and in many other applications outside the aerospace sector) to which no fully satisfactory response has been possible for more than 50 years (patent pending EP22191261).
We have also engineered the COBWEB Bearing, the most precise functioning high-speed bearing ever.
WE WORK WITH:
SATELLITE LAUNCH COMPANIES
EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS (REACTION WHEELs RWA, TURBO PUMPS...)
Based on an original kinematic and power based analysis (and related unique tools), APO-GEE is able to accurately and completely characterize the movement of the balls within a bearing, and model the complete equilibrium of the bearing.
We can therefore analyze the phenomena specific to your applications in depth, provide tailor-made solutions, and thus ensure the performance and the reliability of your aerospace and defense mechanisms.
The technologies and methods we have developed for space also allow us to meet technical challenges in other types of industry (medtechs, machine-tools, ...).
Contact us now, we will dive into your projects to see how to make them even more successful.