Eric Becnel

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Committee Chair

Francis C. Wessling

Committee Member

Babak Shotorban

Committee Member

H. W. Coleman


Microgravity--Research., Low gravity environments--Research., Chemical processes--Effect of reduced gravity on., Ebullition--Effect of reduced gravity on., Heat--Transmission--Low gravity environments.


Nucleate and pool boiling in microgravity is an area of interest due to the increase in heat transfer that this regime provides on Earth. An apparatus to experimentally test these properties may enable an increase of use of boiling in microgravity. The design, functional testing, and re-design of an apparatus to test the properties of boiling in microgravity is presented. An uncertainty analysis provides an understanding of the confidence in the performance of the instrument. The outcome of this research has shown several areas of improvement of the apparatus.



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