Title

Polymer Processing in Microgravity: An Overview

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-14-2001

Department

Polymers and High Performance Materials

Abstract

Understanding how polymer processing can be different in microgravity requires an understanding of how gravity can affect polymer reactions and processes. We review here the fundamentals of buoyancy-driven (Rayleigh-Bénard) and surface-tension driven (Marangoni) convection. We consider the polymer processes that are affected by convection and review polymer experiments that demonstrate convective effects in 1 g and microgravity.

Publication Title

ACS Symposium Series

Volume

793

First Page

2

Last Page

15

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