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Next Generation, Smart Fluid Storage Tank for Space and Terrestrial Applications Public

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Technology which utilizes the electrohydrodynamic (EHD) phenomena is smart and self-driven. In 2020, NASA will be sending this satellite and space technology to the ISS for testing. Our project explores the application of EHD conduction pumping to mix fluids non-mechanically in the absence of gravity.Our EHD embedded spherical tank design actively homogenizes the temperature within and avoids vaporization of the liquid. The EHD conduction pumping mechanism provides fluid circulation via the dissociation of electrolytes when subjected to an electric field. Through temperature and velocity measurements from 0 to 9,000 V, EHD mixing can be quantified for our Major Qualifying Project. The testing proves that this technology is viable and paves the way for future advancements in the field.

  • This report represents the work of one or more WPI undergraduate students submitted to the faculty as evidence of completion of a degree requirement. WPI routinely publishes these reports on its website without editorial or peer review.
  • E-project-032417-041411
  • 2017
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  • 2017-03-24
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