Magnetic fluids in microgravity environments

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Magnetic fluids such as magneto-rheological fluids and ferrofluids are a class of smart materials composed of magnetic particles dispersed in a conventional carrier liquid which find widespread use in many scientific and engineering problems. Recently, a range of new technological applications based of magnetic-amagnetic fluid pair systems exploiting the ability of the magnetic phase to target desired locations using magnetism for manipulation, transport and actuation guided by magnetic fields have appeared. While in the presence of micro-sized drops buoyancy is often negligible, at larger scales gravity becomes relevant and affects the dynamics of the system. Hence, a need has emerged to investigate the magnetic field-induced motion of large particles of magnetic fluids filtering out the effect of buoyancy through dedicated experiments in microgravity conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWhy Space?
Subtitle of host publicationThe opportunity for Materials Science and Innovation
EditorsMarcello Lappa, Ian Hamerton, Peter C.E. Roberts, Andrew Kao, Marco Domingos, Hamid Soorghali, Philip Carvil
Place of PublicationDidcot
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781914241680
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2024


  • magnetic fluids
  • droplets
  • microgravity


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