Fundamental and Applied Studies of Emulsion Stability (FASES) will examine the link between emulsion stability and the physicochemical characteristics of droplet interfaces to obtain a modelling of emulsion dynamics to be transferred to industrial applications on Earth.Principal Investigator(s)
Astrium GmbH, Immenstaad, , Germany
European Space Agency (ESA)Sponsoring Organization
Information PendingResearch Benefits
Information PendingISS Expedition Duration:
March 2013 - March 2014Expeditions Assigned
35/36,37/38Previous ISS Missions
These studies will address single and multiple interfaces, as affected by various surfactants. An important part of the programme aims at establishing links between emulsion stability and physico-chemical characteristics of droplet interfaces. Further experiments are planned to investigate droplet dispersion in emulsions and phase inversion. On the basis of these studies, the team will generate a model of emulsion dynamics to be transferred to industrial applications.
Some fluid handling processes in space are prone to involve emulsions and there the absence of the effect of gravity may influence their life time. A good knowledge of the mechanisms involved and their characteristics will help engineers predict the behaviour of emulsions and factor it into the design of space systems.Earth Applications
Emulsions are present everywhere in our daily lives starting with milk and most dairy products, and including also common water-oil mixtures in other food or industrial products. Depending on the process or product it deals with, industry is in demand of knowledge about how to stabilise or destabilise an emulsion. FASES can provide knowledge enabling optimisation of the design of surfactants or of their utilisation towards greener products. Data from the experiment will help with the generation of emulsion dynamics models to be transferred to industrial applications.
Information PendingOperational Protocols
FASES will operate in the Fluid Science Laboratory (FSL) between 85 and 200 days while on board ISS.
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