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FLIGHT OPPORTUNITIES COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE WEBINAR

Cryogenic Fluid Management for Future In-Space Transfer Systems

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 | 10am-11am PDT

Speaker

  • Issam Mudawar, Ph.D., Betty Ruth and Milton B. Hollander Family Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University

Abstract

Check out our June webinar for a spotlight on Purdue University’s cryogenic fluid management technology that researchers advanced through parabolic flight campaigns with Zero Gravity Corporation. Researchers measured cryogenic two-phase heat transfer coefficients to help develop more precise models of flow boiling rates and improve predictive capabilities for in-space propellant transfer systems. The work is providing insights that could advance future lunar and deep space exploration missions. Purdue’s technology is also being used to acquire two-phase flow and heat transfer data in microgravity aboard the International Space Station. In addition to space applications, the technology can also benefit ultra-fast electric vehicle charging.

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Two researchers study their experiment on a parabolic flight.
Purdue University researchers test their cryogenic fluid management technology aboard Zero Gravity Corporation’s G-FORCE ONE on March 8, 2024.
Zero Gravity Corporation

Speaker Bio

Prof. Issam Mudawar, Ph.D., joined Purdue University in 1984 immediately after receiving his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering with a minor in management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At Purdue, he founded the Boiling and Two-Phase Flow Laboratory (BTPFL) and the Purdue University International Electronic Cooling Alliance (PUIECA). He is also founder and president of Mudawar Thermal Systems, Inc. He has supervised over 65 Ph.D. and M.S. students and visiting scholars, and co-authored more than 290 archival journal papers, four handbooks, and numerous conference papers and presentations. He is internationally recognized for experimental and theoretical research on phase-change mechanisms and applications in energy, space, intelligent materials processing, and thermal management of electronics.