Coarsening in solid-liquid mixtures-2: A materials science experiment for the ISS

J. Mark Hickman*, Peter W. Voorhees, Yongwoo Kwon, Tibor Lorik

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A materials science experiment 1 has been developed and readied for operation aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Components of this experiment are on-board ISS and are awaiting the flight of science samples. The goal of the experiment is to understand the dynamics of Ostwald ripening, also known as coarsening, a process that occurs in nearly any two-phase mixture found in nature. Attempts to obtain experimental data in ground-based laboratories are hindered due to the presence of gravity, which introduces material transport modes other than that of the coarsening phenomenon. This introduces adjustable parameters in the formulation of theory. The original Coarsening in Solid-Liquid Mixtures (CSLM) mission, which flew on the Space Shuttle in 1997, produced data from a coarsened eutectic alloy. Unfortunately, both the science matrix and the hardware, while nominally functional, did not account adequately for operations in microgravity. A significantly redesigned follow-on experiment, CSLM-2 has been developed to redress the inadequacies of the original experiment. This paper 2 reviews the CSLM-2 project: its history, science goals, flight hardware implementation, and planned operations and analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2005 IEEE Aerospace Conference
StatePublished - 2005
Event2005 IEEE Aerospace Conference - Big Sky, MT, United States
Duration: Mar 5 2005Mar 12 2005

Publication series

NameIEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1095-323X


Other2005 IEEE Aerospace Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBig Sky, MT

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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