Zeldovich Medal Awarded to Japanese Researcher for ISS Fluid Dynamics Experiments

Taishi Yano (center) receiving medal. (Credit: Yano Yokohama – National University)

TOKYO (JAXA PR) — At COSPAR 2018, the scientific assembly of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) held on July 14 – 22 in the US, Dr. Taishi Yano, Assistant Professor of Faculty of Engineering at Yokohama National University, was awarded the Zeldovich Medal. The medals are conferred by the Russian Academy of Sciences and COSPAR to young researchers for their outstanding contribution to space research.

“I am very honored to receive the prestigious award at COSPAR 2018,” he said. “I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to JAXA, student staff, the operation team and many people concerned that have supported our space experiments. I will strive to contribute to the further development of space research.”

Dr. Yano has been involved in Marangoni convection experiments* using the microgravity environment on-board Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo” on the International Space Station (ISS) since 2009. His internationally recognized contributions to research, including both discovery of a new convection structure with improving measurement technique and clarification of the fluid transition conditions, gave him the medal.

Zeldovich Medal

Reason for the Medal

For his contribution to conducting and processing the microgravity experiments on the thermocapillary convection in the Japanese Experiment Module (Kibo) on-board the ISS.

Research Achievements

(1) Yano T., Nishino K., Matsumoto S., Ueno I., Komiya A., Kamotani Y., Imaishi N., “Report on Microgravity Experiments of Dynamic Surface Deformation Effects on Marangoni Instability in High-Prandtl-Number Liquid Bridges”, Microgravity Sci. Technol., pp 1-12, (2018)

(2) Yano T., Nishino K., Ueno I., Matsumoto S. & Kamotani Y., “Sensitivity of hydrothermal wave instability of Marangoni convection to the interfacial heat transfer in long liquid bridges of high Prandtl number fluids,” Phys. Fluids, 29(4) (2017) 044105 (11 pages).

(3) Yano T., Nishino K., Kawamura H., Ueno I. & Matsumoto S., “Instability and associated roll structure of Marangoni convection in high Prandtl number liquid bridge with large aspect ratio,” Phys. Fluids, 27(2) (2015) 024108 (13 pages).

* Chaos, Turbulence and its Transition Process in Marangoni Convection (Marangoni Exp/ Marangoni Experiment in Space (MEIS))
Experimental Assessment of Dynamic Surface Deformation Effects in Transition to Oscillatory Thermo capillary Flow in Liquid Bridge of High Prandtl Number Fluid (Dynamic Surf)