The Payload Team of the 2012-13 UAHuntsville USLI team consists of three members. The Team Lead is Matt Denny. He is from Alabama, and is a senior in aerospace engineering. Another member of the team is Dean Gillmore. Dean is a senior in mechanical engineering from Illinois. The last member of payload is Cory Smith, a senior in aerospace engineering from Tennessee.
The payload demonstrates dielectrophoresis as a method of controlling fluid location in a tank for application as a liquid propellant control system for time intensive space missions. The rocket payload will verify expected fluid behavior in a low-g environment by creating a high voltage electric field within a test chamber and recording the resulting fluid motion for comparison to a control tank with no voltage. A larger payload designed to fly on a reduced gravity aircraft will test multiple electrode configurations, test fluids, and/or tank sizes to further explore the capabilities of this type of system to meet the needs of a long term space mission like a mission to Mars.
CAD model of Payload
A Ground Test in Standard Gravity demonstrates a significant force