FPE faculty are supporting several experiments that will be conducted in microgravity aboard the International Space Station over the next few years. These projects are supported by NASA and NSF. The Burning Rate Emulater (BRE) experiment uses novel burners to emulate the burning of solids in microgravity using gaseous fuels. Flame Design examines spherical diffusion flames to learn about soot formation and flame extinction. And Cool Diffusion Flames will examine exotic spherical flames that burn with peak temperatures as low as 400 C. All these projects may someday lead to improved spacecraft fire safety and improved understanding of terrestrial combustion processes.
Please follow this link to see a BRE flame video, taken in space via NASA.