Space GrainsThe aim of the Space Grains project is to study the dynamics and the statistical mechanics of an ensemble of particles that dissipates due to collisions. The experiments focus on clustering mechanisms, thermal fluctuations, convection, segregation and physical phenomena related to excited granular systems.
Coordination : E.Falcon and N.Vandewalle.
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The Space Grains collaboration will use the Vip-Gran instrument for the first time in Parabolic Flight in November 2015 during the 63rd ESA PFC at Novespace, Bordeaux (France). The selected experiment is entitled: “PF-63/5 Vibration-Induced Phenomena in Granular Materials. Tests … Continue reading
First trainings with the VIP-GRAN instrument (developed for Parabolic Flights by DTM Technologies) were performed in Modena (Italy) from 7th to 9th july 2015. Review of tests performed by DTM were discussed, and training of the scientific team were realized. … Continue reading
The Experiment Scientific Requirements (ESR) of the Vip-gran instrument for International Space Station (ISS) is now available. The scheduled flight of the instrument to ISS is 2019. The date of issue of this new ESR is 24/01/2014. Download it: ESR-VIPGRAN … Continue reading
The Experiment Scientific Requirements (ESR) of the Vip-gran instrument prototype in Parabolic Flight Campaigns (PFC) is now available. First PFC are foreseen in 2016. The date of issue of this new ESR is 31/01/2014. Download it: ESR-VIPGRAN-PF_final
The Topical Team meeting has been held in ESTEC/ESA, Noordwijk, Holland on December 4 and 5, 2013. The scientific objectives and requirements of the instrument have been first recalled, then its status and breadboard test results have been presented. … Continue reading