Microgravety Fluid Physics

The Laboratory for Microgravity Fluid Physics was established at WMU in 1999 to conduct research on thermal fluid physics in microgravity. The research is directed by Dr. Ho Sung Lee in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at WMU, who has been involved in the research since 1989 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

The present research has the potential not only to assist in providing the foundation for the operation of heat exchangers and power plants in space, but also to assist in resolving current questions associated with vapor explosions in Nuclear Reactors. The research here would be of assistance in paving the way for future joint research on the International Space Station (ISS), and in boiler design in solar or nuclear power plants in space and on planetary neighbors.

NASA is in the process of defining strategy for exploring Mars and other planets in the "Better, Faster, Cheaper" frame work. These mission pose considerable challenge in that they require human and associated systems to be subject to prolonged exposure to microgravity during the interplanetary transit phase and in reduced gravity while on the planet's surface. Knowledge of how these extraterrestrial gravitational environments affect various systems and processes is vital to the success of these missions. -Quoted from the 4th Microgravity Fluid Physics Conference in 1997.

Research Topics

Microgravity Forced Convection Boiling






Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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