On May 6, 2014, a rocket will lift off bound for the International Space Station, and aboard that rocket will be a liquid flow sensor from Sensirion AG. The sensor is part of a research project by Minnehaha Academy in Minnesota that is investigating the impact of microgravity on the effectiveness of liquid flow.
The project will also hope to shed some light on the effects of weightlessness on the circulatory system.
The LS16 liquid flow sensor on board the ISS will measure the flow of demineralized water generated by a piezoelectric pump in zero gravity, and compare the results with those of a control experiment on earth.
Sensirion’s development team replaced the capillary glass tubes with robust capillary steel tubes to ensure that the sensor could withstand the enormous forces during lift-off.
For more flowmeter-related news and products, go here.