EML Batch 1 - METCOMP Experiment (EML Batch 1 - METCOMP Experiment) - 07.19.18

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Science Objectives for Everyone
The METCOMP experiment investigates the interplay between the metallic matrix and particles in nickel- titanium (Ni-Ti) samples. Particle engulfment and pushing behavior are studied.
Science Results for Everyone
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Experiment Details


Principal Investigator(s)
M. Kolbe, Germany

T. Pusztai, Hungary
D. Herlach, Germany
A. Ludwig, Austria
M. Rappaz, Czech Republic
Jonathan A. Dantzig, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, United States

Astrium GmbH, Bremen, Germany

Sponsoring Space Agency
European Space Agency (ESA)

Sponsoring Organization
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Research Benefits
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ISS Expedition Duration
March 2014 - September 2014; March 2015 - September 2015

Expeditions Assigned

Previous Missions
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Experiment Description

Research Overview
METCOMP investigates how microgravity affects the metallic structure of a nickel-titanium alloy. When particles come into contact with a liquid they can be pushed away or engulfed by the liquid, like a ball floating on the sea. Depending on the size of an incoming wave, the ball could be pushed forwards like a surfer, or submerged by the water. On an atomic scale, a similar process occurs with metals as they come into contact with other liquid metals. Understanding this process could lead to more exotic metal alloys, or improve existing complex alloys.

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Space Applications
Industry partners to the projects seek to optimize ground processes, and have a direct interest in the knowledge that is gained from the experiments. This can, in turn, find its way into the development of new light-weight, high-performance structural materials for space applications.

Earth Applications
Investigations carried out with the Electro-Magnetic Levitator (EML) provide both reference data on thermophysical properties and microstructure formation for the same metallic alloy samples. (The microstructure in an alloy influences its characteristic properties such as strength, flexibility and resistance to fatigue). This information is of importance for feeding accurate data into current numerical models on one side, and also testing these models aiming to predict the solidification profile and related microstructure formation in the alloy samples. This concerns structural steels, magnetic materials, intermetallic materials, glass forming metallic alloys, etc.

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Operational Requirements and Protocols
After container installation by crew, all activities are fully commanded by ground. Sample processing is executed during crew sleep, with continuous Ku and S band coverage so that micro-g-level and vibrations are known. One run per sample, with several melting cycles. Exact number of melting cycles for this experiment is still to be determined.
Samples to be returned:

  1. Ni96Ta4+Ta2O5
  2. Ni98Ta2+Ta2O5

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Decadal Survey Recommendations

Applied Physical Science in Space AP9

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Results/More Information

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