Dynamx: A low temperature microgravity investigation of phase transitions

R. V. Duncan, S. T.P. Boyd, W. Moeur, R. M. Ruiz, D. M. Strayer

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Abstract

The Critical Dynamics in Microgravity Experiment, DYNAMX, is under development for space flight at Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico with Dr. Rob Duncan as the Principal Investigator. This experiment will investigate the effects on the superfluid transition in 4He of currents generated by heat flow, measuring the thermal conductivity in the fluid as a function of applfed heat. DYNAMX will also take advantage of the weightless environment to measure the conductivity properties in the region of the interface between the two phases. Thus, DYNAMX represents an experiment that will explore a system driven far from equilibrium. The experiment development is sponsored by the Microgravity Science and Applications Division of NASA, with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as the managing center. This paper will describe the science objectives, the current design of the experiment apparatus, the steps being taken to prepare this experiment for flight, and the results of ground-based feasibility demonstrations now underway.

Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 1995
Event33rd Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, 1995 - Reno, United States
Duration: Jan 9 1995Jan 12 1995

Conference

Conference33rd Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, 1995
CountryUnited States
CityReno
Period01/9/9501/12/95

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    Duncan, R. V., Boyd, S. T. P., Moeur, W., Ruiz, R. M., & Strayer, D. M. (1995). Dynamx: A low temperature microgravity investigation of phase transitions. Paper presented at 33rd Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, 1995, Reno, United States.