Binary Systems with Miscibility Gap in the Liquid State

  • Berndt Feuerbacher
  • Hans Hamacher
  • Robert J. Naumann


Systems with miscibility gap in the liquid state, “immiscibles”, are of fundamental interest and have potential for the preparation of dispersions. The study of these systems and their application has, thus far, been very limited. Under terrestrial conditions the liquid components separate quickly due to sedimentation and buoyancy. Component separation due to nucleation and growth of nuclei and spinodal decomposition can, therefore, not be studied under defined conditions and fine dispersions cannot be prepared. Research under microgravity conditions in orbiting laboratories or under free fall conditions opens new avenues for the study of these systems. This paper summarizes the underlying thermodynamic and physical principles and mechanismes and reviews results of recent experimental investigations.


Solidification Front Spinodal Decomposition Microgravity Condition Component Separation Crucible Wall 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Berndt Feuerbacher
    • 1
  • Hans Hamacher
    • 1
  • Robert J. Naumann
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Space SimulationDFVLR e.V.Köln 90Germany
  2. 2.Space Science LaboratoryNASA Marshall Space Flight CenterUSA

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