In a microgravity experiment, the conditions prevalent in fluid phases can be substantially different from those on the ground and can be exploited to improve different processes. Fluid physics research in microgravity is important for the advancement of all microgravity scients: life, material, and engineering.
Space flight provides a unique laboratory that allows scientists to improve their understanding of the behaviour of fluids in low gravity, allowing the investigation of phenomena and processes normally masked by the effects of gravity and thus difficult to study on Earth.
Physics of Fluids in Microgravity provides a clear view of recent research and progress in the different fields of fluid research in space. The topics presented include bubles and drops dynamics, Maragoni flows, diffustion and thermodiffusion, solidfication,a nd crystal growth. The results obtained so far are, in some cases, to be confirmed by extensive research activities on the International Space station, where basic and applied microgravity experimentation will take place in the years to come.
Fluid Science Relevance in Microgravity Research
Mechanical Behaviour of Liquid Bridges in Microgravity
Thermal Marangoni Flows
Interfacial Patterns and Waves
Fluid Mechanics of Bubbles and Drops
Diffusion and Thermodiffusion in Microgravity
Critical and Supercritical Fields and Related Phenomena
Microgravity Two Phase Flow and Heat Transfer
Transient and Sloshing Motions in an Unsupported Container
Pool Boiling and Bubble Dynamics in Microgravity
Combustion Phenomena at Microgravity
Fluid Flow and Solute Segregation in Crystal Growth from the Melt
Fluid Flows and Macromolecular Crystal Growth in Microgravity
Fluid Dynamics Experiment Sensitivity to Accelerations Prevailing on Microgravity Platforms
Facilities for Microgravity Fluid Science Research Onboard
Appendix A: ISs Assembly Sequence
Appendix B: Flight Control Positions and Their Call Signs in the International Space Station.