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Educational Demonstration of the Effects of Shape and Size on the Recovery of Precompressed Plastic Material (MATI-75)


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Experiment Overview

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Brief Summary

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Principal Investigator(s)

  • A. P. Petrov, Russia
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    Sponsoring Space Agency

    Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)

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    ISS Expedition Duration:

    April 2008 - April 2009

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    Experiment Description

    Research Overview

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    Space experiment MATI-75 is dedicated to the 75th anniversary of MATI - K.E.Tsiolkovsky Russian State Technological University and 150 th anniversary of the founder of the theoretical space science Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky. It is a demonstration effect of shape recovery of blanks made from cellular polymeric materials. To demonstrate the effect of shape and size recovery and stabilization when exposing to heating and cooling in zero gravity a plastic piece precompressed on the ground. To give students and post-graduate students practical skills in staging a space experiment and conducting ground studies of foamed polymer material structure obtained in the ground and space environments.

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    Space Applications

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    Earth Applications

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    Operational Requirements

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    Operational Protocols

    Poroplast pouch with original samples Photographic/Video Camera

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    Results/More Information

    Obtained samples: blocks (cubes, cylinders) and promotional materials (MATI-75 logo and K.E.Tsiolkovsky bas-relief); Video records of the plastic foam size and shape recovery process.

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    Related Websites
  • Energia - Science Research on the ISS Russian Segment
  • Coordinating Scientific and Technical Council of the Russian Space Agency [Russian]
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    image NASA Image: ISS018E016600 (5 Jan. 2009) --- Cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov, Expedition 18 flight engineer, configures a video camera for the MATI-75 experiment in the Zvezda Service Module of the International Space Station.
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    image NASA Image: ISS018E016605 - Closeup view of the MATI-75 experiment in the Zvezda Service Module (SM) during Expedition 18.
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