NASA Tries New Coating To Keep Liquids Off the Wall

"Slosh Coating" investigation set to test a new liquid-repellant coating inside a container designed to control the movement of liquids in microgravity.

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NASA researchers are conducting a "Slosh Coating" investigation to test a new liquid-repellant coating inside a container designed to control the movement of liquids in microgravity.

The space agency says researchers will then compare the actions of liquid in two tanks—one with the coating and one without—aboard the International Space Station. NASA says that the clear tanks will be filled with colored water, and that high definition cameras will capture the motion of the water as the containers are put through a series of tests.

“We thought if we painted liquid-repelling material on the walls of the tanks, theoretically, instead of sticking to the wall, fluid will stick to the sump at the bottom of the tank, where we want it,” says principal investigator Brandon Marsell of NASA’s Launch Services Program at Kennedy Space Center in a story on the NASA website.

To read more about the experiment, please click HERE.