The Friction Factor: Meeting the Challenges of Modern Aerospace Gimbal Sealing

Available On-Demand until November 9, 2017

For as long as radar, weapons targeting, and other electronic systems have been used in aerospace and defense applications, design engineers have employed gimbals as a means to protect them. But sealing these gimbals is a balancing act, requiring the right mix of friction, minimal leak rate and maximum service life. 

This Webinar will help participants gain a deeper understanding of evolving gimbal design requirements as driven by advances in ISR, targeting, HEL beam, lasercom, and other systems (increased accuracy/pointing stability), aircraft design technology (reduced weight and improved performance ceilings), MIL standards and manufacturer demands. 

It will also examine the critical role seals play in gimbal performance, address the relationship between seal and gimbal hardware engineering, and explore seal material and design alternatives that can help meet specific survivability, pressure, media compatibility and life cycle/maintenance requirements. Seal testing criteria will also be discussed.

James Mecredy, Global Market Manager, Aerospace and Defense for Bal Seal Engineering, Inc.

James Mecredy is the Global Market Manager for Aerospace and Defense with Bal Seal Engineering, where he supports a global customer base across North America, Europe, and Asia. Mecredy holds a degree in Business Management and has 30 years of experience within the aerospace industry through a variety of sales, marketing, and operations positions.

Karina Chavez, Applications Engineer for Bal Seal Engineering, Inc.

Karina Chavez is an applications engineer for Bal Seal Engineering. She regularly collaborates with designers of gimbals and other aerospace equipment, and was a key contributor to the development of testing capabilities for low friction gimbal seals. Chavez earned her degree in electrical engineering at Cal Poly Pomona, and is currently pursuing an MBA with the University of Southern California. 

Brian Goldberg, CEO/CTO & Founder for Adsys Controls Inc.

Brian Goldberg is the CEO and CTO of Adsys Controls, a company he founded in 2003. Goldberg holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Michigan in electrical engineering with a focus on control systems. He has been involved in the system architecture and design of various precision mechanisms for commercial and military applications, including airborne surveillance, remote sensing, high energy laser weapons, and laser communications.

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