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SpaceX Utilizes Tiger-Tight's Friction Washer Technology For ISS Mission
by Staff Writers
Staten Island NY (SPX) Jul 24, 2012


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Tiger-Tight had its proprietary friction washer technology used by Space Exploration Technologies (known as SpaceX) on the Dragon spacecraft launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on May 22, 2012.

The Tiger-Tight technology operates on a micro-topographic scale. Industrial diamonds embedded in an electro-less nickel matrix penetrate and interlock with the mating surfaces to create an extremely high retaining force and prevent loosening under vibration and shock. See the Diamond Matrix Graphic below.

Because the interaction is at the micro level, there is no critical damage to the affected surfaces.

Tiger-tight washers and shims promote safe, effective joints under static and dynamic load conditions by resisting loosening from external transverse loads and/or distributing the joint pre-load.

Tests conducted on a Junker Vibration Test Rig, designed to impart transverse cyclic loads on a fastener joint, show Tiger-tight outperforms all other competitors tested.

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