Liquid sloshing represents a major challenge for the design and operation of space vehicles. In low-gravity environments, a highly non-linear movement can be produced due to the lack of stabilizing forces. This gives rise to significant disturbances that impact on the propulsion and attitude control systems of the spacecraft. The employment of magnetically susceptible fluids may open an interesting avenue to address this problem, but their dynamics in low gravity remain practically unexplored. The UNOOSA DropTES StELIUM project aims at filling this gap by studying the lateral sloshing of a ferrofluid solution subjected to an inhomogeneous magnetic field in microgravity. This paper describes the design process, challenges and preliminary results of the experiment, which was successfully launched at ZARM's drop tower in November 2019. The outcomes will be employed to validate the quasi-analytical models developed by the authors and set the path for the design of magnetic propellant positioning devices in space.

StELIUM: A student experiment to investigate the sloshing of magnetic liquids in microgravity

Maggi F.
2020

Abstract

Liquid sloshing represents a major challenge for the design and operation of space vehicles. In low-gravity environments, a highly non-linear movement can be produced due to the lack of stabilizing forces. This gives rise to significant disturbances that impact on the propulsion and attitude control systems of the spacecraft. The employment of magnetically susceptible fluids may open an interesting avenue to address this problem, but their dynamics in low gravity remain practically unexplored. The UNOOSA DropTES StELIUM project aims at filling this gap by studying the lateral sloshing of a ferrofluid solution subjected to an inhomogeneous magnetic field in microgravity. This paper describes the design process, challenges and preliminary results of the experiment, which was successfully launched at ZARM's drop tower in November 2019. The outcomes will be employed to validate the quasi-analytical models developed by the authors and set the path for the design of magnetic propellant positioning devices in space.
ACTA ASTRONAUTICA
Experiment design
Ferrofluids
Magnetic liquid sloshing
Microgravity
ZARM'S drop tower
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