Project Details


The principal objectives of the ENCOM-4 Program are:
•To achieve fundamental understanding of the condensation phenomena using the multi-scale theoretical and experimental approach.
•To study the effect of gravity on condensation and in particular the actual chances of heat transfer enhancement in microgravity.
•To improve knowledge of physics of two-phase flows with phase change to help the design of condensers also for ground applications.
•To investigate the role of wettability and droplet dynamics in DWC.
•To consolidate the definition of the “Condensation on Fins” experiment for Heat Transfer Host.
•To consolidate the definition of the "In-tube Condensation” experiment for Heat Transfer Host.
•To support the Joint ESA and CMSA project “Study on Condensation and Enhancement Methods under Microgravity”.

This project is in continuity of the previous MAP projects ENCOM (AO-2004-096). The ENCOM-4 project foresaw a ground-based experimentation, theoretical studies, numerical modeling and parabolic flights experiments as a preparation to microgravity experiments on ISS.

Experimental investigations and theoretical modeling have been closely integrated during a study of condensation processes for space applications. The experimental data is used to validate and improve mathematical and numerical models. Simulation can also provide better understanding of the physical mechanisms and can give some quantities which are difficult to measure and are useful in planning new experiments.
Effective start/end date1/10/1930/09/22


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