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Design of a water electrolysis flight experimentSupply of oxygen (O2) and hydrogen (H2) by electolyzing water in space will play an important role in meeting the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA's) needs and goals for future space missios. Both O2 and H2 are envisioned to be used in a variety of processes including crew life support, spacecraft propulsion, extravehicular activity, electrical power generation/storage as well as in scientific experiment and manufacturing processes. The Electrolysis Performance Improvement Concept Study (EPICS) flight experiment described herein is sponsored by NASA Headquarters as a part of the In-Space Technology Experiment Program (IN-STEP). The objective of the EPICS is to further contribute to the improvement of the SEF technology, specifially by demonstrating and validating the SFE electromechanical process in microgravity as well as investigating perrformance improvements projected possible in a microgravity environment. This paper defines the experiment objective and presents the results of the preliminary design of the EPICS. The experiment will include testing three subscale self-contained SFE units: one containing baseline components, and two units having variations in key component materials. Tests will be conducted at varying current and thermal condition.
Document ID
19950060062
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Lee, M. Gene (NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Grigger, David J. (NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Thompson, C. Dean (NASA Johnson Space Center United States)
Cusick, Robert J. (NASA Johnson Space Center United States)
Date Acquired
August 17, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
Publication Information
ISSN: 0148-7191
Subject Category
SPACECRAFT DESIGN, TESTING AND PERFORMANCE
Report/Patent Number
SAE PAPER 932087
Meeting Information
SAE, International Conference on Environmental Systems(Colorado Springs, CO)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS9-17966
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS9-18568
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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