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A Sounding Rocket Experiment to Control Boiling by Means of Acoustic Waves


One of the most critical issues when considering long-term space exploration missions is the management and storage of cryogenic propellants. The exposure of storage tanks to radiation and extreme temperatures implies the need of efficient technologies to counteract their effects on the fuel. A potentially dangerous effect for spacecraft operations is the generation of vapor bubbles in cryogenic propellants. We present an experimental setup and procedure to mature a technology based on acoustic waves to control boiling in microgravity.

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This research was supported by the Spanish Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, Secretaría de Estado de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación (project number AYA2012-34131), and by the Agencia Estatal de Investigación/FEDER, EU (project number ESP2016-79196-P). Authors acknowledge ESA Education Office for providing access to the REXUS/BEXUS programme, and ESA, ZARM, and SNSB for technical assistance. We thank M. Khasin and C. Muratov for fruitful discussions.

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This article belongs to the Topical Collection: Interdisciplinary science challenges for gravity dependent phenomena in physical and biological systems

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Quintana-Buil, G., Garcia-Sabaté, A., Batlle, S. et al. A Sounding Rocket Experiment to Control Boiling by Means of Acoustic Waves. Microgravity Sci. Technol. 30, 731–736 (2018).

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  • Boiling
  • Acoustics
  • Microgravity