Utah State University Undergraduate Research Showcase
Utah State University
Heng Ban, USU Dept. of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and J.R. Dennison, USU Dept. of Physics
Nucleate boiling is a heavily researched form of heat transfer due to its associated high heat transfer rates. Applying two-phase heat transfer to space systems would allow these systems to become more capable, efficient, and compact. However, a fundamental understanding of boiling dynamics in the absence of buoyancy is yet to be developed. This study intends to analyze the effects of gravity, power input, and surface geometry during successive periods of microgravity provided by NASA’s “vomit comet” through the Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program.
Koeln, J. (2010, March 30). A Systemic Study of Nucleate Boiling. Presented at the Utah State University, Undergraduate Research Showcase, Logan, UT.