Friday, May 25, 2012

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CBSE Engineers with School of Engineering Senior Design Students (L-R): David Ray, Logan Beane, Justin Terrell, Brandon Kirkland, Amanda Haglund, Jeffery Black, Lee Moradi, Jud Dunlap, Lance Weise

CBSE is responsible for the maintenance and integration of a cryogenic freezer (GLACIER) that provides storage for science samples aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and transport to and from the ISS via commercial vehicles. CBSE is interested in investigating new insulation materials for the GLACIER vacuum jacket that will provide greater thermal performance than what is currently used. 

UAB School of Engineering Senior Design Students Logan Beane, Justin Terrell, Brandon Kirkland, Amanda Haglund, and Jeffery Black, developed a test fixture to simulate the vacuum jacket used on the GLACIER in order to compare the insulation properties of the current vacuum jacket insulation material to the properties of a new insulation material. The test fixture simulates the configuration challenges associated with insulating the complex geometry of the Glacier Vacuum Jacket. The students' simulation successfully tested the efficiencies of both insulation materials at various pressures.

The students finished their project at the end of the Spring 2012 semester. CBSE Engineers mentored the students during their two semester project.