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Electromagnetic containerless undercooling facility and experiments for the ShuttleAn electromagnetic furnace is being prepared for flights aboard the Space Shuttle. This apparatus is capable of melting metals and alloys up to 1400 C melting point by induction heating with subsequent solidification of the freely levitated melt without contact with any container. The solidification can be carried out with greatly reduced fields resulting in minimal heating and stirring of the free melt. Sequential specimens can be processed during flight. Several experiments are planned for a series of flights, beginning in 1985 with an undercooling experiment of NiSn alloys. These will be interspersed with detailed studies of fluid flow caused by low and high field levels in order to quantify the corresponding effect upon the solidification process.
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Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Frost, R. T. (MIT Cambridge, MA, United States)
Flemings, M. C. (Massachusetts Inst. of Tech. Cambridge, MA, United States)
Szekely, J. (Massachusetts Inst. of Tech. Cambridge, MA, United States)
El-Kaddah, N. (Massachusetts Inst. of Tech. Cambridge, MA, United States)
Shiohara, Y. (General Electric Co., Space Div., King of Prussia PA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1984
Publication Information
Publication: Advances in Space Research
Volume: 4
Issue: 5, 19
ISSN: 0273-1177
Subject Category
Distribution Limits