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Experiment Facilities

We have overseen the development and manufacture of the following experiment facilities.

Solution/Protein Crystal Growth Facility(SPCF)

This facility performs basic research about the crystal growth of various solutions and proteins. The SPCF is composed of two parts: the Solution Crystallization Observation Facility (SCOF) and the Protein Crystallization Research Facility (PCRF).

Fluid Physics Experiment Facility(FPEF)

This experiment facility is used to perform fluid physics experiments in an environment close to normal temperature. It observes Marangoni convection (convection that occurs due to surface tension) in a microgravity environment.

Gradient Heating Furnace (GHF)

This experiment facility investigates crystal growth of semiconductor material and vapor position growth in microgravity.

Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (ELF)

This experiment facility heats, melts, cools, and coagulates samples without contact by floating charged samples using static electricity.
Containers are not required, which enables heating experiments on highly reactive samples or samples with high melting points.

Controlled Combustion Engine (CCE)

A structure in which a combustion test device is placed when performing combustion tests in a weightless environment. It has functions to enable combustion tests to be conducted safely on space stations.

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