Results of Multifunctional Condensing Heat Exchanger for Water Recovery Applications 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.