International Space Station Rapid Solidification Experiments

Prof. Douglas Matson, Tufts University
November 20, 2017 at 11:00 am
206 Crow
Event Description 

The transformation from ferrite to austenite in steel casting alloys is influenced by the amount of stirring that occurs during solidification. The Materials Science Laboratory ElectroMagnetic Levitator (MSL-EML) is used to perform space experiments on the International Space Station and allows investigation over a wide range of convection conditions spanning the laminar-turbulent transition. This presentation describes how experiments are designed and controlled on-orbit, summarizes the key findings to date and discusses planning for future materials science experiments in space.