Utah State University Undergraduate Research Showcase
Utah State University
Dr. Heng Ban, USU Dept. of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Nucleate boiling is a highly effective means of transferring heat, and as space exploration begins to reach farther from Earth, efficient heat management systems in microgravity are becoming increasingly important. In the summer of 2010, members of the USU Get Away Special (GAS) team flew aboard NASA’s Weightless Wonder in order to study the effect of various system parameters on nucleate boiling heat transfer behavior in microgravity. This one dimensional study of boiling used a new geometry never tried before and concluded that heat transfer rates during boiling in microgravity do not significantly differ from those observed on Earth. These results will allow for a more in depth study of the phenomenon and hopefully lead to the development of a two dimensional heater with important practical applications.
Munro, T. and Fassmann, A. (2011, March 29). Effects of Micro-gravity on Thin-Wire Subcooled Nucleate Boiling Dynamics. Presented at the Utah State University, Undergraduate Research Showcase, Logan, UT.