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Geophysical Fluid Flow Experiment
Author(s): Barry G. Broome; George Fichtl; William Fowlis
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Paper Abstract

The essential fluid flow processes associated with the Solar and Jovian atmospheres will be examined in a laboratory experiment scheduled for performance on Spacelab Missions One and Three. The experimental instrumentation required to generate and to record convective fluid flow is described. Details of the optical system configuration, the lens design., and the optical coatings are described. Measurement of thermal gradient fields by schlieren techniques and measurement of fluid flow velocity fields by photochromic dye tracers is achieved with a common optical system which utilizes photographic film for data recording. Generation of the photochromic dye tracers is described, and data annotation of experimental parameters on the film record is discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 September 1979
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0183, Space Optics II, (27 September 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.957410
Show Author Affiliations
Barry G. Broome, Aerojet ElectroSystems Company (United States)
George Fichtl, Marshall Space Flight Center (United States)
William Fowlis, Marshall Space Flight Center (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0183:
Space Optics II
Charles L. Wyman, Editor(s)

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