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Innovative Technologies for a Space Station Microgravity Furnace

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Several Innovations were developed for a high gradient directional solidification vacuum furnace with quench capability, called the Quench Module Insert. The QMI hot zone employs advanced heater elements in a multiple zone configuration and uses a novel instrumentation approach for temperature control. A fiber interface material provides a low friction, high heat extraction interface between a reconfigurable cold zone and the science sample. The quench utilizes a metal phase change to provide rapid, resource efficient quenching of science samples. This paper provides conceptual details and performance data on these innovations.

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