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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

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

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


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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