Soret Measurement for Multi-Component Hydrocarbon Mixtures from Space Experiment Conducted Onboard FOTON M3 Unmanned Satellite Conference Paper uri icon

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abstract

  • In an unprecedented experimental investigation, a binary, a ternary and a four-component hydrocarbon mixture at different pressure have been studied in a nearly convection free environment to understand the thermodiffusion process. Experimental investigations of the mixtures have been conducted in space onboard the spacecraft FOTON-M3. The experiment objective was to measure the thermodiffusion coefficient for multi-component hydrocarbon mixtures. Then the experimental results have also been used to test a thermodiffusion model that has been calibrated based on the results of previous experimental investigations. Results showed a good agreement with current theoretical results except for the four-component system where discrepancies were found and discussed.

publication date

  • January 1, 2012