|About this Abstract
||2016 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
||Materials Research in Reduced Gravity
||Installation and Operation of the Electromagnetic Levitator EML on ISS and Experiment Preparation
||Stephan Schneider, Angelika Diefenbach, Julianna Schmitz, Sandra Schumann
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
EML is an electromagnetic levitation facility of the ESA aiming at processing liquid metals under microgravity and thus reduced electromagnetic field and convection conditions. The EML was installed 2014 in the European Drawer Rack inside the Columbus Module by the German astronaut Alexander Gerst. The on-orbit experiment performance is embedded in an extensive ground support program. Pre-mission, the sample characterization, experiment planning, parameter development and finally experiment validation with the operational model were performed. Then the experiment parameters are uploaded to the facility and are performed on orbit. After the experiment performance, the scientific data are provided to the involved scientists for analysis and are archived at MUSC.
We present an overview of the performed EML activities from installation over commissioning to the conduction of the first science runs on six selected samples and give a deeper insight to the necessary preparation steps to run experiments in the EML.
||Planned: A print-only volume