Preliminary Findings from the SHERE ISS Experiment
Nancy, Hall, et al. (2009). "Preliminary Findings from the SHERE ISS Experiment." 47th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including The New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition
The Shear History Extensional Rheology Experiment (SHERE) is an International Space Station (ISS) glovebox experiment designed to study the effect of preshear on the transient evolution of the microstructure and viscoelastic tensile stresses for monodisperse dilute polymer solution. The SHERE experiment hardware was launched on Shuttle Mission STS-120 (ISS Flight 10A) on October 22, 2007, and 20 fluid samples were launched on Shuttle Mission STS-123 (ISS Flight 1J/A) on March 11, 2008. Astronaut Gregory Chamitoff performed experiments during Increment 17 on the ISS between June and September 2008. A summary of the ten year history of the hardware development, the experiment’s science objectives, and Increment 17’s flight operations are discussed in the paper. A brief summary of the preliminary science results is also discussed.
DOI: doi:10.2514/6.2009-618 10.2514/6.2009-618