IDR/UPM facilities for liquid bridge experimentation on Earth under microgravity conditions


Besides space laboratories for in-orbit experimentation, Earth based facilities for laboratory experimentation are of paramount importance for the enhancement on liquid bridge knowledge. In spite of the constraints imposed by simulated microgravity (which force to work either with very small size liquid bridges or by using the Plateau tank technique, amongst other techniques), the availability and accessibility of Earth facilities can circumvent in many cases the drawbacks associated with simulated microgravity conditions. To support theoretical and in orbit experimental studies on liquid bridges under reduced gravity conditions, several ground facilities were developed at IDR. In the following these ground facilities are briefly described, and main results obtained by using them are cited.

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Sanz-Andrés, A., Meseguer, J. & Espi, J.L. IDR/UPM facilities for liquid bridge experimentation on Earth under microgravity conditions. Microgravity Sci. Technol 18, 62–66 (2006).

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  • Stability Limit
  • Liquid Bridge
  • Microgravity Condition
  • Supporting Tube
  • Simulated Microgravity Condition