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Results of Multifunctional Condensing Heat Exchanger for Water Recovery Applications
ISSN: 1946-3855, e-ISSN: 1946-3901
Published July 12, 2009 by SAE International in United States
Citation: Ma, Y., Schmitt, N., and Remiker, R., "Results of Multifunctional Condensing Heat Exchanger for Water Recovery Applications," SAE Int. J. Aerosp. 4(1):179-187, 2011, https://doi.org/10.4271/2009-01-2383.
Humidity control within confined spaces is of great importance for current NASA environmental control systems and future exploration applications. The engineered multifunction surfaces (MFS) developed by ORBITEC is a technology that produces hydrophilic and antimicrobial surface properties on a variety of substrate materials. These properties combined with capillary geometry create the basis for a passive condensing heat exchanger (CHX) for applications in reduced gravity environments, eliminating the need for mechanical separators and particulate-based coatings. The technology may also be used to produce hydrophilic and biocidal surface properties on a range of materials for a variety of applications where bacteria and biofilms proliferate, and surface wetting is beneficial.