Microgravity Research

IRPI has a long history of microgravity research aboard drop towers, space shuttle, space stations, sounding rockets, and aircraft. Research entails fundamental aspects of fluids management including the development and demonstration of capillarity, wetting, geometric design, combustion, and many others.

  • Two-Phase Fluids Management

  • Omics & Wet Lab Operations

  • Propellant Management Devices

  • Combustion and Flame Dynamics

  • Superhydrophobic Surfaces

  • Condensing Heat Exchangers

Space Technology

Our experience in space spans several decades and includes projects aboard the International Space Station, Space Shuttle, MIR, and Skylab. Projects include environmental control and life support, propellant management, thermal systems, plant habitation, biotechnology, and more.

  • Environmental Control & Life Support

  • Thermal Management Systems

  • Propellant Management Devices

  • Fire Suppression & Safety

  • Plant and Animal Habitation

  • Biological Research

Microfluidics & MEMs

Surface forces in space and in microfluidic devices share a lot of similarities. Bubbles, wetting conditions, and capillarity in general play a large role in managing fluids and the development of lab-on-a-chip, organ-on-a-chip, and some MEMs devices. We are able to assist in the development of new devices through fundamental analysis, experimentation, prototyping, and computational modeling.

  • Superhydrophobic Surfaces

  • Wicking and Microfabrication

  • Lab-on-a-Chip System Design

  • Organ-on-a-Chip Development

  • Biofluidics & Biotechnology

Computation & Modeling

IRPI can offer mechanical design services and perform simulation and analysis using CFD and FEA tools for fluid, thermal, and structural analysis. In addition, we are familiar with Surface Evolver and SE-FIT® software for fluid statics computations of equilibrium surfaces.

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

  • Surface Evolver and SE-FIT®

  • Thermal Modeling & Heat Transfer

  • Multiphase Flows and Multiphysics