Novel Vent Design Features Variable Flow Control and Rain Protection

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-27992
Published December 01, 2017 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States
  • English

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center scientists have designed a vent that can be useful for purging closed compartments, while preventing backflow and foreign object entry. The technology uses a system of configurable devices to provide variable flow control and prevent water, insects, or undesired gases from entering a vented space. The technology is effective even in high winds, while conventional rocket vent systems that use mesh screening, flapper valves, and high-flow-rate purge gas to protect sensitive equipment are not completely effective in extreme weather conditions.