IVIDIL: on-board g-jitters and diffusion controlled phenomena
V Shevtsova, et al. (2011). "IVIDIL: on-board g-jitters and diffusion controlled phenomena." Journal of Physics: Conference Series 327 1: 012031
The experiment IVIDIL (Influence of Vibrations on Diffusion in Liquids) has been performed in 2009-2010 onboard the ISS, inside the SODI instrument mounted in the Glovebox at the ESA Columbus module. 55 experimental runs were carried out and each of them lasted 18 hours. The objectives of the experiment were multi-fold and here we report results for one of them. After each space experiment there is a discussion about the role of onboard g–jitters. The attention is focused on reproducibility of the results, their accuracy and comparison with numerical simulations conducted in exact geometry and using the physical properties of the system. We shortly report on the results of six experiments which were performed in natural environment of the ISS without forced vibrations. Thermodiffusion process in the cells filled with binary mixtures was monitored by means of optical digital interferometry. Perturbations of the diffusion control processes by on-board g-jitters is not observed in nominal regime of the ISS. Perturbations of thermodiffusion process were observed in non-nominal regime of the ISS, e.g. attitude control maneuvers.