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The electrodynamic and hydrodynamic phenomena in magnetically-levitated molten droplets. I - Steady state behaviorA mathematical formulation is given and computed results are presented describing the behavior of electromagnetically-levitated metal droplets under the conditions of microgravity. In the formulation the electromagnetic force field is calculated using a modification of the volume integral method and these results are then combined with the FIDAP code to calculate the steady state melt velocities. The specific computational results are presented for the conditions corresponding to the planned IML-2 Space Shuttle experiment, using the TEMPUS device, which has separate 'heating' and 'positioning' coils. While the computed results are necessarily specific to the input conditions, some general conclusions may be drawn from this work. These include the fact that for the planned TEMPUS experiments to positioning coils will produce only a weak melt circulation, while the heating coils are like to produce a mildly turbulent recirculating flow pattern within the samples. The computed results also allow us to assess the effect of sample size, material properties and the applied current on these phenomena.
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Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Zong, Jin-Ho (NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Li, Benqiang (NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Szekely, Julian (MIT Cambridge, MA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 15, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1992
Publication Information
Publication: Acta Astronautica
Volume: 26
Issue: 6
ISSN: 0094-5765
Subject Category
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