Fluid Experiments

  • Alain Gonfalone


This chapter contains a brief description of techniques for measuring fluid properties current in space. A selection of instruments representative of the latest technology are presented and briefly described. Some of these instruments have already been flown. The scientific results that have been obtained with them are reported by Langbein in Chapter 16 and elsewhere [11.1], and will not be discussed here in any detail.


Marangoni Convection Fresnel Lens Power Conditioning Fluid Physic Holographic Interferometer 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 11.1
    Proceedings of the 5th European Symposium on Material Sciences and Microgravity: Results of Spacelab-1, Schloss- Elmau, ESA SP-222, 1984Google Scholar
  2. 11.2
    Naumann, R.J.; Herring, H.W.: Materials Processing in Space: Early Experiments, NASA SP-443, 1980.Google Scholar
  3. 11.3
    Seibert, G.: Processing and Manufacturing in Space, ESRO SP-101 (1974) 87–95.Google Scholar
  4. 11.4
    Dunbar, B.J.: Material Processing in Space, Advances in Ceramics, vol. 5, 1983.Google Scholar
  5. 11.5
    Monti, R.: Review of the USA Fluid Science Facilities-Objectives and Capabilities, ESA Contract 5853/84/F/FL, 1985.Google Scholar
  6. 11.6
    Monti, R.: Fluid Science Facilities under Development in Germany for Microgravity Experiments, ESA Contract 5853/84/F/FL, 1985.Google Scholar
  7. 11.7
    Kelly Hill, C.: Spacelab Mission 3 Experiment Description, NASA TM-82502, 1982.Google Scholar
  8. 11.8
    Saunders, C.G.: A Hydrophobic-hydrophi1ic Zero Gravity Liquid Gas Phase Separator, Space Engineering Meeting, Los- Angeles, Calif., Society of Automotive Engineers, New-York, 1969.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. 11.9
    Raat, J.: A Review of Techniques for the Measurement of Fluid Properties in Material Science Experiments in Space, ESA internal report, 1980.Google Scholar
  10. 11.10
    Martinez, I.: Fluid Physics Utilisation Brochure, ESA/Lamf. 1979.Google Scholar
  11. 11.11
    Ceronetti, G., Rovera, G.: The Fluid Physics Module: A Contribution to Material Science and Physics in Space, ESA SP-142 (1979) 137–147.Google Scholar
  12. 11.12
    Gonfalone, A., Martinides, H.: The Fluid Physics Module: New Possibilities and Applications. ESA SP-191 (1983) 95–97.Google Scholar
  13. 11.13
    Gonfalone, A.: 1984, The Fluid Physics Module: A Technical Description. ESA SP-222 (1984) 3–7.Google Scholar
  14. 11.14
    Trinh, E., Wang, T.G.: Large Amplitude Free and Driven Drop-shape Oscillations: Experimental Observations, J. Fluid Mech. 122 (1982) 364–369.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. 11.15
    Wang, T.G.: Progress in Containerless Science and Technologies. Manufacturing in Space. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, New-York, (1984) 2152–2155.Google Scholar
  16. 11.16
    Lal, R.B., Aggarwal, M.D., Kroes, R.L., Wilcox, W.R.: A New Technique of Solution Crystal Growth. Phys. Stat. Sol. (a) (1983) 547–552.Google Scholar
  17. 11.17
    Aggarwal, M.D., Lai, R.B.: Simple, Low-cost Reciprocating Crystalliser for Solution Crystal Growth. Rev. Sci. Instrum. 54(6) (1983) 772–773.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  18. 11.18
    Owen, R.B., Kroers, R.L.: Holography on the Spacelab-3 Mission. Optics News (1985) 12–16.Google Scholar
  19. 11.19
    DFVLR, Projekt HOLOP, Institut für Raumsimulation, Koln-Porz, W. Germany, 1984.Google Scholar
  20. 11.20
    Kingdon, J., Gonfalone, A.: The Bubble, Drop and Particle Unit: A Second Generation Fluid Physics Facility. Adv. Space Research Vol. 4, No. 5 (1984) 91–94.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  21. 11.21
    Monti, R., Napolitano, L.G.: The BDPU — A Microgravity Fluid Sciences Facility. Proc. of 34th Congress of the International Astronautical Federation, IAF, New-York, 1983.Google Scholar
  22. 11.22
    Schawer, J.: Study on a Drop and Bubble Unit. Final Report, Executive Summary, ESA Contract no. 5503/83/F/FC, 1983.Google Scholar
  23. 11.23
    Hart, J.E., Toomre, J., Gilman, P.: Theoretical and Experimental Studies in Support of the Geophysical Fluid Flow Experiment. NASA/MSFC FY-S4 Atmospheric Processes Res. Rev. (1984) 13–15.Google Scholar
  24. 11.24
    Hart, J.E.: Alternative Experiments Using the Geophysical Fluid Flow Cell. Final Report, Colorado Univ. Boulder Dept of Astrogeophysics, 1984.Google Scholar
  25. 11.25
    Vreeburg, J.P.B.: Study on Equipment Requirements in Support of Microgravity Fluid Physics Experiments. Final Report, NLR TR 81115 U, ESA Contract no. 4668/81/NL/HP, 1985.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin, Heidelberg 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alain Gonfalone
    • 1
  1. 1.European Space AgencyNoordwijkThe Netherlands

Personalised recommendations