The fluid-dynamics of the ISS mice drawer system under microgravity

M. Lappa, D. Castagnolo, A. Sgambati

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The present paper deals with the "critical analysis" of the environment that will be provided by the MDS (Mice Drawer System) under microgravity conditions. This system will be used to study the "extended" growth and life of mice on the International Space Station (ISS). A very long period (100 days) will be investigated taking advantage of the availability of the ISS platform. The complex physical-chemical system (fluid-dynamics, ventilation, air-conditioning, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels and distributions, etc.) that will be established in absence of gravity inside the MDS is simulated through solution of a custom system of partial differential equations. The choice of custom model is motivated by the advantage to insert boundary conditions and complex equations that provide a clear understanding of the phenomena involved and a wide spectrum information to match the requirements for the maintenance and the well-being of the animals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-49
Number of pages11
JournalMicrogravity & Space Station Utilization (MSSU)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • mice drawer system
  • microgravity
  • International Space Station (ISS)
  • life of mice
  • critical analysis
  • fluid dyamics

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