A2.4 Fluid Physics from International Space Station
Symposium: A2. IAF MICROGRAVITY SCIENCES AND PROCESSES SYMPOSIUM
Session: 4 – Science Results from Ground Based Research
The International Space Station (ISS) provides a great opportunity to conduct experiments that can only be achieved there. Usually, we are conducting experiments assuming gravity without consciousness. However, in an environment where gravity does not act, it is possible to observe the phenomena more simply and it will be helpful for understanding the true nature. Disappearing the buoyant effect is one of most remarkable in microgravity. The buoyancy convection induced by density difference often appear in materials processing, combustion, and even in cell in life sciences, which means that the fluid physics deeply relates such things.
20 years at NASA, 10 years for JAXA and ESA have passed after starting to utilize the ISS for progress of science and technology. The experiment in fluid physics utilizing the ISS in each space agency will be introduced and the benefits, values, prospects of the ISS in fluid physics will be presented.