Published in Proceedings of the Fifth Microgravity Fluid Physics and Transport Phenomena Conference: Cleveland, OH, August 9, 2000, pages 1418-1430.
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author William Durgin was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
The focus of this ground-based program is the study of film condensation phenomena under variable, reduced-gravity conditions. Experimental tests, combined with numerical modeling, are employed to gain an improved understanding of the fundamental fluid physics responsible for condensate film growth, film instability and the resulting interfacial motion under variable gravity, and the corresponding implications for heat transfer. There has been relatively little research on the mechanisms operative at the film interface between condensed liquid and its vapor under reduced gravity conditions. Of particular interest are the stability characteristics of the condensate layer, and how they differ from those of films of comparable scale in the absence of condensation.