Browse Publications Technical Papers 2003-01-2614
2003-07-07

Design, Testing and Operation of Porous Media for Dehumidification and Nutrient Delivery in Microgravity Plant Growth Systems 2003-01-2614

Porous plate dehumidifiers (PPD) and porous tube nutrient delivery systems (PTNDS) are designed to provide a means for accurate environmental control, and also allow for two-phase flow separation in microgravity through surface tension. The technological challenges associated with these systems arise from the requirement to accurately measure and control the very small pressures that typically occur within and across the porous media. On-orbit automated priming or filling of the system in the absence of gravity may be necessary. Several porous plate dehumidifiers and porous tube nutrient delivery systems have been tested and evaluated, and experimental results for engineering design are presented.

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