- Conference date: 7−11 Jan 1996
- Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA)
Examples are given of how industrial researchers may utilize microgravity research as a tool for understanding the influence of convection, sedimentation, and container walls in the processing of single crystalline as well as composite materials. In addition, more subtle interfacial effects have been revealed that had been previously masked by gravity effects. By having a clearer understanding of roles in heat and mass transport played by these complex interactions, it should be possible to devise better strategies for controlling these effects in the processing of materials on Earth. Several of these experiments have succeeded in producing single crystals with significantly improved internal order and reduced defect formation which, in the case of proteins, have allowed determination and/or refinement of their structure. In the case of electronic and photonic materials, these improved crystals can serve as ‘‘bench‐mark’’ materials that can be used to relate performance to improved properties.
- Materials properties
- Composite materials
- Optical materials
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