Facility for Absorption and Surface Tension (FASTER) - 11.22.16

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Science Objectives for Everyone
Emulsions are very common on Earth: present in natural sources such as milk, and also in many man-made products. The Facility for Adsorption and Surface Tension (FASTER) investigates the physical principles which determine the stability of different emulsions, and which compounds can influence this. This knowledge from FASTER can aid  industry by permitting the use and design of the best compounds to stabilize, or destabilize, different emulsions depending on their use, and optimising their utilisation towards more environmentally friendly products.
Science Results for Everyone
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The following content was provided by Liberio Liggieri, Ph.D., and is maintained in a database by the ISS Program Science Office.
Information provided courtesy of the Erasmus Experiment Archive.
Experiment Details


Principal Investigator(s)
Liberio Liggieri, Ph.D., Institute of Physical Chemistry of Materials, Genova, Italy

Daniele Clausse, Ph.D., Universite de Technologie Compiegne, Compiegne, France
Giuseppe Loglio, Ph.D., University of Florence, Firenze, Italy
Annie Steinchen, Université Paul Cezanne, Aix-Marseille, Marseille, France
Reinhard Miller, Ph.D., Max Planck Institut for Kolloid und Grenzflaechenforschung, Potsdam, Germany
Victoria Dutschk, Ph.D., Leibnitz Institut for Polymer Forschung, Dresden, Germany
Mickael Antoni, Ph.D., Universite Paul Cezanne Centre St. Jerome, Marseille, France
Christine Dalmazzone, Ph.D., Institute Francais du Petrole, Riel-Malmaison, France
A. Di Lullo, Italy
Thodoris Karapantsios, Ph.D., Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece
Ramon G. Rubio, Ph.D., Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain
Lucilla Del Gaudio, Ph.D., ENI,E&P, San Donato Milanese, Italy

SASOL, Hamburg, Germany
SAIF, Genova, Italy
UNILEVER, London, United Kingdom
HYDRO, Oslo, Norway
CNR-DET CNR, Rome, Italy
NESTLE, Vevey, Switzerland
BEIERSDORF, Hamburg, 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

Expeditions Assigned

Previous Missions
FASTER is scheduled for its first operations on ISS Increment 23/24.

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Experiment Description

Research Overview

  • FASTER aims to determine the characteristics of liquid/liquid interface surfactant adsorption dynamics (how the surfactant interaction with liquids affects the flow).

  • FASTER will investigate adsorption dynamics (how binding of molecules to a surface affects flow), surfactant transfer (when the surfactant crosses the liquid/liquid boundary), interfacial rheology (flow properties of interfaces), and the role of surfactants in stabilization (maintaining droplet interfaces).

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Space Applications
Some fluid handling processes in space are prone to involve emulsions, and the microgravity environment may influence their lifetime of the emulsion’s properties. A good knowledge of the mechanisms involved, and their characteristic scales of time and length, can help engineers to predict the behaviour of emulsions, and factor that 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 foods, and industrial products. Depending on the process or product it deals with, industry seeks greater knowledge  of how to stabilize, or destabilize, an emulsion. FASTER can provide knowledge enabling optimisation of the design of emulsions, and their utilisation, towards the development of environmentally friendly products.

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Operational Requirements and Protocols
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Decadal Survey Recommendations

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Results/More Information

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