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Acoustic Levitation Containerless ProcessingThis research program consists of the development of acoustic containerless processing systems with applications in the areas of research in material sciences, as well as the production of new materials, solid forms with novel and unusual microstructures, fusion target spheres, and improved optical fibers. Efforts have been focused on the containerless processing at high temperatures for producing new kinds of glasses. Also, some development has occurred in the areas of containerlessly supporting liquids at room temperature, with applications in studies of fluid dynamics, potential undercooling of liquids, etc. The high temperature area holds the greatest promise for producing new kinds of glasses and ceramics, new alloys, and possibly unusual structural shapes, such as very uniform hollow glass shells for fusion target applications. High temperature acoustic levitation required for containerless processing has been demonstrated in low-g environments as well as in ground-based experiments. Future activities include continued development of the signals axis acoustic levitator.
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Whymark, R. R.
(Intersonics, Inc. Northbrook, IL, United States)
Rey, C. A.
(Intersonics, Inc. Northbrook, IL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
May 1, 1985
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Publication: NASA, Washington Microgravity Sci. and Appl. Program Tasks
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Astronautics (General)
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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