Flow and Distribution of Fluid Phases Through Porous Plant Growth Media In Microgravity

S. L. Steinberg, J. I.D. Alexander, D. Or, N. Daidzic, S. Jones, L. Reddi, M. Tuller, G. Kluitenberg, M. Xiao

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Abstract

Results from plant growth experiments utilizing particulate growth media during space flight revealed difficulties associated with providing reliable and reproducible water and air supply to plant roots. These limitations have been attributed to insufficient understanding of liquid configuration and growth media transport processes in reduced gravity. This information gap has made it impossible to determine whether culturing technique or microgravity significantly effects water and air transport through particulate media in microgravity. The objective of this NASA-funded research program is the quantitative characterization of physical processes associated with flow of wetting and non-wetting phases in particulate plant growth media that are essential for successful design and control of plant production systems during space flight.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEngineering, Construction and Operations in Challenging Environments - Earth and Space 2004
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Ninth Biennial ASCE Aerospace Division International Conference
EditorsR.B. Malla, A. Maji
Pages325-332
Number of pages8
StatePublished - May 4 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventEngineering, Construction and Operations in Challenging Environments - Earth and Space 2004: Proceedings of the Ninth Biennial ASCE Aerospace Division International Conference - League City/Houston, TX, United States
Duration: Mar 7 2004Mar 10 2004

Publication series

NameEngineering Construction and Operations in Challenging Environments Earth and Space 2004: Proceedings of the Ninth Biennial ASCE Aerospace Division International Conference

Other

OtherEngineering, Construction and Operations in Challenging Environments - Earth and Space 2004: Proceedings of the Ninth Biennial ASCE Aerospace Division International Conference
CountryUnited States
CityLeague City/Houston, TX
Period3/7/043/10/04

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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