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Zero-G Water Selection Separator: A Performance Tradeoff
ISSN: 0148-7191, e-ISSN: 2688-3627
Published February 01, 1969 by SAE International in United States
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This paper presents a trade-off study to select a water separator system for a 3-man, 140-day, zero-g mission. Included is a summary of feasible concepts, a compilation of data on existing hardware, and a comparison of the performance characteristics of each with respect to the overall system.
Six approaches to zero-g water separation were considered and are discussed: hydrophobic/hydrophilic screens; integrated condenser-water separators; centrifugal separators; cellular sponges; vortex separators; and elbow separators. Some of these techniques have high-performance characteristics with regard to water removal efficiency. However, when reduced to hardware, these same techniques may not integrate well with the overall system.
The system selected was the integrated condenser-water-separator. This system requires no power, has no moving parts, and has a very small envelope.
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CitationSmith, R., "Zero-G Water Selection Separator: A Performance Tradeoff," SAE Technical Paper 690642, 1969, https://doi.org/10.4271/690642.
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