Reduced Gravity Testing and Research Capabilities at Queensland University Of Technology’s New 2.0 Second Drop Tower

Steinberg, Ted (2007). Reduced Gravity Testing and Research Capabilities at Queensland University Of Technology’s New 2.0 Second Drop Tower. In: Peter Jacobs, Tim McIntyre, Matthew Cleary, David Buttsworth, David Mee, Rose Clements, Richard Morgan and Charles Lemckert, 16th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference (AFMC). 16th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference (AFMC), Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, (650-653). 3-7 December, 2007.

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Author Steinberg, Ted
Title of paper Reduced Gravity Testing and Research Capabilities at Queensland University Of Technology’s New 2.0 Second Drop Tower
Conference name 16th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference (AFMC)
Conference location Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Conference dates 3-7 December, 2007
Proceedings title 16th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference (AFMC)
Place of Publication Brisbane, Australia
Publisher School of Engineering, The University of Queensland
Publication Year 2007
Year available 2007
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 978-1-864998-94-8
Editor Peter Jacobs
Tim McIntyre
Matthew Cleary
David Buttsworth
David Mee
Rose Clements
Richard Morgan
Charles Lemckert
Start page 650
End page 653
Total pages 4
Collection year 2007
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Reduced gravity experimentation is important to many research groups working in various fields investigating both fundamental and applied aspects of diverse physical phenomena. Very few terrestrial or extra-terrestrial experimental facilities are currently available that allow researchers access to reduced gravity environments. The Queensland University of Technology’s has recently (2006) decommissioned a 1.9 second drop tower adapted for operation within an unused lift well of a building and has fabricated a purpose built, stand alone 2.0 second drop tower specifically to accommodate reduced gravity experimentation. The specifications and operational procedures of this new research facility are presented. Information concerning current and future areas of research is also presented and discussed. These research areas include: 1) cellular biology, 2) fluid dynamics and multiphase flow, 3) nanomaterial production including silica sol-gels and carbon nanotubes, and 4) heterogeneous combustion with a focus on bulk metallic materials burning in oxygen enriched atmospheres performed in collaboration with NASA and industry partners. Opportunities will also be discussed regarding both collaborative research and the provision of reduced gravity test services.
Subjects 290000 Engineering and Technology
Keyword diverse physical phenomena
extra-terrestrial
reduced gravity experimentation
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

 
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