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

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Science Objectives for Everyone
The THERMOLAB experiments focuses on thermophysical properties data measurement of industrial alloys in the liquid phase as a function of temperature. The property values obtained are used to increase the accuracy of numerical modeling of casting and solidification processes of metal alloys.
Science Results for Everyone
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Experiment Details


Principal Investigator(s)
Hans J. Fecht, Ph.D., Ulm University, Ulm, Germany

L. Battezzati, Italy
I. Egry, Germany
A. Passerone, Italy
E. Ricci, Italy
S. Seetharaman
J. Etay, France
Yves Fautrelle, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Grenoble, France
K. Pericleous, United Kingdom
V. Bojarevics, United Kingdom
K. Kelton, United States
D. Matson, United States
Robert W. Hyers, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, United States

Astrium GmbH, Bremen, Germany

Sponsoring Space Agency
European Space Agency (ESA)

Sponsoring Organization
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Research Benefits
Earth Benefits, Scientific Discovery

ISS Expedition Duration
March 2014 - September 2014; March 2015 - September 2015

Expeditions Assigned

Previous Missions
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Experiment Description

Research Overview
The Thermolab experiment seeks to improve models to help industrial casting and solidification techniques. Thermolab investigates the temperature and physical properties of industrial alloys in weightlessness in their liquid state. Industrial partners are keen to know more as the results could help them create existing alloys quicker, cheaper, and with less waste.

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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
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Decadal Survey Recommendations

Applied Physical Science in Space AP9

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Results/More Information

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Results Publications

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Ground Based Results Publications

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ISS Patents

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Related Publications

    Lee J, Matson DM.  Prediction of Mass Evaporation of Fe50Co50 During Measurements of Thermophysical Properties Using an Electrostatic Levitator. International Journal of Thermophysics. 2014 October; 35(9-10): 1697-1704. DOI: 10.1007/s10765-014-1662-9.

    Bojarevics V, Hyers RW.  Levitated liquid dynamics in reduced gravity and gravity-compensating magnetic fields. JOM Journal of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society. 2012 September; 64(9): 1089-1096. DOI: 10.1007/s11837-012-0417-y.

    Hyers RW, Matson DM, Kelton KF, Holland-Mortiz D, Volkmann T.  Fluid-flow effects on phase selection and nucleation in undercooled liquid metals. Journal of Physics: Conference Series. 2011 December 6; 327: 012013. DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/327/1/012013.

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