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This article presents the conception and development of a centrifuge for hypergravity research use. Experiments were recorded via a digital camera and the images acquired were processed for better visualization of the effects of simulated variation of gravitational force on models of living systems and plant germination. Four different test models were used to illustrate the effects of 1.5 Gz and 7.0 Gz on human physiology, including the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems. One experiment was conducted to evaluate plant germination and growth after intermittent hypergravity exposures to 7.0 Gz, which can demonstrate the usefulness of centrifuges on plant development in extra-terrestrial colonies.
Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine, IEEE (Volume:26 , Issue: 3 )
Date of Publication: May-June 2007