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Fluid surface tension is typically a very small and ignorable force for most applications. However in space, these forces dominate and cause some very interesting behavior -- look at any NASA film. Also these forces dominate at very small scales and can cause problems with liquid flow through very small (less than 1mm) channels.

uFluids is a project to model fluid behavior in the above two cases (low-gravity and at very small scales). Our goals are (1) to facilitate design of better satellite and spacecraft propellant management devices and (2) to optimize performance in microchannel and MEMS (microelectrical-mechanical systems) devices.




[The Science section might (or might not) be divided into two parts: {1} general discussion of the field, and then {2} a discussion of the project's specific endeavor. For instance, in LHC@home, we might have {1} "Science of the Large Hardon Collider" and then {2} "Science of LHC@home"
The above is desirable, because in most cases, the field of research is really fascinating, and presenting this in broad terms-- outlining the big questions-- can make it easier to understand the particulars of the project and why it is important. ]


  1. Robert E Manning & Steven H. Collicott, Bubble Penetration Through a Single Layer Sphere Bed. 45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, January 2006.
  2. Robert E. Manning Jr, Gas Bubble Stability in a Sphere Layer, Master Thesis - July 2006.
  3. Jonathan P. Braun, Zero Gravity Two-Phase Stability Solutions of Droplets in a bent circular cylinder, Master Thesis - 2008.

Links of Interest

[Why recreate the wheel; there are lots of great sources out there. A good list of sources can be really useful to the reader.]


uFluids In the Classroom

[For each project, please add a "[Projectname] in the Classroom" section-- with a link to Volunteer Computing In the Classroom and an article named "[Projectname] in the Classroom". (Then please add "[Projectname] in the Classroom" to the list on the main Education page.)]