Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2016

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[O-02] Poster presentations by senior high school students

Sun. May 22, 2016 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM Poster Hall (International Exhibition Hall HALL6)

Convener:*Tatsuhiko Hara(International Institute of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering, Building Research Institute), Miwa Kuri(International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University), Keiko Konya(Research Institute for Global Change, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology), Hajime Naruse(Department of Geology and Mineralogy, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University), Kou Yamada(Waseda University)

1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

[O02-P32] Development of an aerodynamic free-fall apparatus for microgravity experiments

*Urara Tamada1, *Yusuke Koroyasu1, *Kenta Aratani1, Kayo Sugishita1, Chisaki Yashiki1, Tsutsui Yuta1, Ayano Kanzaki1 (1.Hyogo Prefectural Kakogawa Higashi High School)

Keywords:wettability, microgravity environment

Because it is difficult to control water in microgravity, experiments involving water are not generally performed aboard the International Space Station (ISS). In previous research, we designed a pipette which uses differences in surface wettability and should make experimenting with water much easier in microgravity. We have been performing experiments with a homemade, free-fall type apparatus. Within a 40 x 30 x 25cm box in free-fall, we have shown that water will rise in a glass tube and stop at the boundary between surfaces of differing wettabilities. These experiments have shown that the apparatus can effectively create microgravity conditions. The apparatus used in these experiments was a rectangular prism. Presently, we propose novel improvements to increase the stability of the gravitational environment within the capsule. To reduce air resistance, corners will be removed and conical panels will be attached to the upward and downward facing sides of the capsule.