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First Thermal and Fluids Engineering Summer Conference

ISSN: 2379-1748
ISBN: 978-1-56700-430-4

WATER RECOVERY WITH THE HEAT MELT COMPACTOR IN A MICROGRAVITY ENVIRONMENT

DOI: 10.1615/TFESC1.asp.012910
pages 243-250

Eric L. Golliher
NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, 44135

Jonathan Goo
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 44106

John Fisher
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California 94035-1000


KEY WORDS: heat transfer, microgravity, spacecraft

Abstract

The Heat Melt Compactor is a proposed utility that will compact astronaut trash, extract the water for eventual re-use, and form dry square tiles that can be used as additional ionizing radiation shields for future human deep space missions. The Heat Melt Compactor has been under development by a consortium of NASA centers. The downstream portion of the device is planned to recover a small amount of water while in a microgravity environment. Drop tower low gravity testing was performed to assess the effect of small particles on a capillary-based water/air separation device proposed for the water recovery portion of the Heat Melt Compactor.

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