Low Gradient Furnace (MSL-LGF)
MSL-LGF is designed to conduct experiments in the field of Bridgman crystal growth and metallurgical solidification research.
The maximum heater temperature of the LGF is about 1300 deg C with a thermal stability of +/- 0.02 deg C. A maximum of 12 thermocouples can be integrated. A theoretical thermal gradient (along the sample) of 5-40 deg C cm-1 can be established. Translation speeds from 0.036 to 720 mm hour can be applied. The current design allows a maximum samples length of 275 mm.
The first experiments using the LGF will be performed in 2009 on the ISS.
Last update: 13 May 2009