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Water Recovery with the Heat Melt Compactor in a Microgravity EnvironmentThe 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.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Golliher, Eric L.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Goo, Jonathan
(Case Western Reserve Univ. Cleveland, OH, United States)
Fisher, John
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
October 20, 2015
Publication Date
August 9, 2015
Subject Category
Man/System Technology And Life Support
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: Thermal and Fluids Engineering Summer Conference
Location: New York, NY
Country: United States
Start Date: August 9, 2015
End Date: August 12, 2015
Sponsors: American Society of Thermal and Fluids Engineers
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 203950.
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
life support
heat transfer
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