Faculty Advisor

Hermanson, James Carl

Abstract

Heat produced by systems onboard a spacecraft must be dissipated. To construct an efficient cooling system, the process of condensation in microgravity must be fully understood. This investigation included the design and construction of a closed system in stabilizing and destabilizing gravitational fields. An optical system for imaging a condensing fluid, such as methanol and n-pentane, and instrumentation to measure thermal conditions were developed. Heat flux was calculated from data recorded, but proved inaccurate. The optical system performed as expected.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2001

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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