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Performance simulation of the JPL solar-powered distiller. Part 1: Quasi-steady-state conditionsA 37.85 cu m (10,000 gallons) per year (nominal) passive solar powered water distillation system was installed and is operational in the Venus Deep Space Station. The system replaced an old, electrically powered water distiller. The distilled water produced with its high electrical resistivity is used to cool the sensitive microwave equipment. A detailed thermal model was developed to simulate the performance of the distiller and study its sensitivity under varying environment and load conditions. The quasi-steady state portion of the model is presented together with the formulas for heat and mass transfer coefficients used. Initial results indicated that a daily water evaporation efficiency of 30% can be achieved. A comparison made between a full day performance simulation and the actual field measurements gave good agreement between theory and experiment, which verified the model.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Yung, C. S.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Lansing, F. L.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 11, 2013
Publication Date
February 15, 1983
Publication Information
Publication: The Telecommun. and Data Acquisition Rept.
Subject Category
Energy Production And Conversion
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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