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 16th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference (AFMC), 3-7 December, 2007, Gold Coast, Queensland.


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.

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ID Code: 14492
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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ISBN: 9781864998948
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (091300) > Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified (091399)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Ted Steinberg
Deposited On: 25 Aug 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2013 04:53

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