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DCMIX experiments take place in SODI. DCMIX is supporting research to determine diffusion coefficients of ternary fluid mixture samples, which could lead to a better understanding of mixtures processes. Some of those mixtures have a high scientific and industrial interest and their study could lead to refine petroleum reservoir models to help lead to more efficient extraction of oil resources.

Significant Dates

  • November 26th, 2013 Expedition 38, NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins install and activate SODI for DCMIX-2.
  • February 7th, 2014. DCMIX-2 uninstallation after successful experiment DCMIX-2 campaign.

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Source: ESA

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After its predecessor IVIDIL, SODI COLLOID comes into play. This will be the third and last experiment of the Selectable Optical Diagnostics Instrument (SODI) project, performed inside NASA facility (MSG) as well.

Significant Dates

  • Mission ULF4, Increment 23/24: Septiembre 10th 2010 – planned upload and physical configuration during launch.
  • Mission ULF5, Increment 25/26: ~November  2011 – estimated download of the Flash Disks.

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Source: E-USOC

The FOAM project aims at the study of aqueous and non-aqueous foams in the microgravity environment on-board the International Space Station (ISS). The FOAM project is divided in two experiments: "FOAM Stability", which is under the responsibility of the E-USOC, and "FOAM Coarsening".

The Foam Stability Experiment (FOAM-S) will be operated by Belgian astronaut Frank De Winne, as crew member of Increment 19 on the International Space Station in 2009. E-USOC is the responsible centre of operations' preparation, validation, and execution for FOAM-S experiment. Broadly, E-USOC coordinates this Payload in Real-time operations. The equipment is scheduled for upload with PROGRESS 34P in June 2009. The experiment will be performed in the Columbus module of the International Space Station.

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Source: Verhaert

Selectable Optical Diagnostics Instrument (SODI) is an ESA research project planned to be performed in a NASA facility, the Micro-gravity Science Glove Box (MSG), on the ISS. The basic principle of SODI design is to have a modular instrument to be accommodated in the MSG, where three SODI experiments are going to be performed: IVIDIL, DSC and COLLOID. SODI will be equipped with various optical diagnostics, such as Mach-Zehnder Interferometer, Particle Image Velocimetry and Near Field Scattering which will allow to study:
  • The diffusion phenomena and Soret effects in liquids and investigate the influence of vibration stimuli on these phenomena (DSC and IVIDIL)
  • The aggregation of colloidal solutions (COLLOID)

These three SODI experiments have their own dedicated cell array(s) which will be mounted into the SODI facility by the ISS crew. E-USOC, appointed for SODI as Experiment Support Centre (ESC) for SODI-IVIDIL and SODI-COLLOID, is in charge to prepare and execute the operations of these experiments, and as such E-USOC responsibilities are: operations products development and update (e.g. PODF, experiment scripts, planning products) and further coordination, ground models operations (MSG EU and MEDU), support in the definition of the respective experiment plans, provide the respective PIs (Principal Investigators) with the scientific data from their experiments, and support their later evaluation (e.g. data processing and analysis). Broadly, E-USOC monitors, commands and coordinates this Payload in Real-Time operations.

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Simulation of Geophysical Fluid Flow under Microgravity (GeoFlow) is an ESA investigation planned for the Fluid Science Laboratory (FSL) on the ISS. Geoflow will study thermal convection in the gap between two concentric rotating spheres to model Earth's liquid core.

E-USOC is the responsible centre of operations' preparation, validation, and execution for GeoFlow experiment. Broadly, E-USOC monitors, commands and coordinates this Payload in Real-time operations.

Significant Dates

  • Mission STS-122: February 7th, 2008 - Columbus launch
  • Successful activation of GeoFlow: August 6th, 2008
  • First Experimental Run: August 7th, 2008
  • Latest Experimental Run: January 09-10th, 2009

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