Preparation for microgravity - The role of the Microgravity Material Science LaboratoryExperiments at the NASA Lewis Research Center's Microgravity Material Science Laboratory using physical and mathematical models to delineate the effects of gravity on processes of scientific and commercial interest are discussed. Where possible, transparent model systems are used to visually track convection, settling, crystal growth, phase separation, agglomeration, vapor transport, diffusive flow, and polymer reactions. Materials studied include metals, alloys, salts, glasses, ceramics, and polymers. Specific technologies discussed include the General Purpose furnace used in the study of metals and crystal growth, the isothermal dendrite growth apparatus, the electromagnetic levitator/instrumented drop tube, the high temperature directional solidification furnace, the ceramics and polymer laboratories and the center's computing facilities.
Johnston, J. Christopher (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Rosenthal, Bruce N. (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Meyer, Maryjo B. (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Glasgow, Thomas K. (NASA Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)