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Integrated Testing of a 4-Bed Molecular Sieve, Air-Cooled Temperature Swing Adsorption Compressor, and Sabatier Engineering Development UnitAccumulation and subsequent compression of carbon dioxide that is removed from the space cabin are two important processes involved in a closed-loop air revitalization scheme of the International Space Station (ISS). The 4-Bed Molecular Sieve (4BMS) of ISS currently operates in an open loop mode without a compressor. The Sabatier Engineering Development Unit (EDU) processes waste CO2 to provide water to the crew. This paper reports the integrated 4BMS, air-cooled Temperature Swing Adsorption Compressor (TSAC), and Sabatier EDU testing. The TSAC prototype was developed at NASA Ames Research Center (ARC). The 4BMS was modified to a functionally flight-like condition at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). Testing was conducted at MSFC. The paper provides details of the TSAC operation at various CO2 loadings and corresponding performance of the 4BMS and Sabatier.
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Acquisition Source
Marshall Space Flight Center
Document Type
Knox, James C.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Miller, Lee
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Campbell, Melissa
(Hamilton Sundstrand Management Services, Inc. Houston, TX, United States)
Mulloth, Lila
(Science Applications International Corp. United States)
Varghese, Mini
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 23, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2006
Subject Category
Mechanical Engineering
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Meeting Information
Meeting: 36th International Conference on Environmental Systems
Location: Norfolk, VA
Country: United States
Start Date: July 17, 2006
End Date: July 20, 2006
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