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Liquid Oxygen Liquid Acquisition Device Bubble Point Tests with High Pressure LOX at Elevated TemperaturesWhen transferring propellant in space, it is most efficient to transfer single phase liquid from a propellant tank to an engine. In earth s gravity field or under acceleration, propellant transfer is fairly simple. However, in low gravity, withdrawing single-phase fluid becomes a challenge. A variety of propellant management devices (PMD) are used to ensure single-phase flow. One type of PMD, a liquid acquisition device (LAD) takes advantage of capillary flow and surface tension to acquire liquid. The present work reports on testing with liquid oxygen (LOX) at elevated pressures (and thus temperatures) (maximum pressure 1724 kPa and maximum temperature 122K) as part of NASA s continuing cryogenic LAD development program. These tests evaluate LAD performance for LOX stored in higher pressure vessels that may be used in propellant systems using pressure fed engines. Test data shows a significant drop in LAD bubble point values at higher liquid temperatures, consistent with lower liquid surface tension at those temperatures. Test data also indicates that there are no first order effects of helium solubility in LOX on LAD bubble point prediction. Test results here extend the range of data for LOX fluid conditions, and provide insight into factors affecting predicting LAD bubble point pressures.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Jurns, John M.
(ASRC Aerospace Corp. Cleveland, OH, United States)
Hartwig, Jason W.
(ASRC Aerospace Corp. Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
June 8, 2011
Subject Category
Propellants And Fuels
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
2011 Space Cryogenics Workshop(Coeur D''Alena, ID)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 095240.
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.

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