Using electromagnetic levitation under microgravity conditions, the interfacial properties of an Cu75Co25 alloy have been investigated in the liquid phase. This alloy exhibits a metastable liquid miscibility gap and can be prepared and levitated in a configuration consisting of a liquid cobalt-rich core surrounded by a liquid copper-rich shell. Exciting drop oscillations and analysing the frequency spectrum, both surface and (liquid–liquid) interfacial tension can be derived from the observed oscillation frequencies. This paper briefly reviews the theoretical background and reports on a recent experiment carried out on board the TEXUS 44 sounding rocket.
- Magnetic refrigeration
- Fuel Cells and hydrogen