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Spaceborne autoranging infrared viewing system for thermal mapping of fluids in microgravity condition
Author(s): Antonio Verga
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Paper Abstract

The European Space Research and Technology Center has developed a small, space qualified and TV compatible IR viewing system able to visualize thermal flows in fluids in microgravity. This instrument is a part of the diagnostics of a Spacelab facility, namely the Autonomous Fluid Physics Module (AFPM) flown on the last Spacelab 2D mission (April - May 1993). One of the main objectives of the research is to be able to monitor changes in the surface temperature of a fluid following the application of different stimuli. The only way to achieve this without disturbing the fluid under test is to use non-intrusive infrared measurement techniques. This paper describes the general design of the Thermal Mapping Diagnostic System and presents the technical solutions adopted to achieve the scientific goals of the investigation carried out with the AFPM.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 December 1993
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 2005, Optical Diagnostics in Fluid and Thermal Flow, (2 December 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.163709
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Antonio Verga, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2005:
Optical Diagnostics in Fluid and Thermal Flow
Soyoung Stephen Cha; James D. Trolinger, Editor(s)

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