The projects ThermoLab, ThermoLab-ISS and ThermoProp have their focus on the measurement and analysis of the thermophysical properties of conducting materials in the molten state over a range of high temperatures. As main activity, the samples investigated in this project are processed in the Electromagnetic Levitator EML on ISS. These samples were either proposed primarily by the ThermoProp team for their industrial interest or they were proposed primarily by the teams of other projects and to be then further exploited by the ThermoLab/ThermoProp team. Consequently, an optimal sample sharing will guarantee the best utilisation of the EML facility und thus the scientific outcome; while the MSL- EML represents the state-of-the-art advanced equipment for the purpose with high-resolution peripheral analysis tools in terms of temperature and video capabilities, as well as down-link of the space data.
As such, the main project objective is the measurement of the thermophysical properties of metallic alloys in the liquid phase using the pivotal conditions of space and thus, providing benchmark experiments and data with an accuracy not available on earth.
The current ThermoProp MAP project had its official ESA kick-off on Sept. 05, 2016 by a telecon and a first project meeting on Nov. 07/08, 2016 at ESTEC. The project partners have continuously sustained the project activities through national and alternative own funding sources. An integral part of the project is the german DLR funded project ThermoLab.