Discussion of a Large Scale Slush Hydrogen Facility 650309
The large scale slush hydrogen facility at Wright Patterson Air Force Base is the largest of its kind in the Country. The purpose of the facility is to simulate operational scale equipment while maintaining the flexibility of small scale research apparatus. Although, ideally, this is impossible, various compromises in design have allowed for a generous portion of both to be achieved. The discussion, herein, will describe the equipment in the Air Force facility, the use of the equipment and some equipment design considerations based on small scale observations.
Before going further it should be stated that the program is a joint Air Force-NASA effort with Air Force personnel conducting the research. The purpose of this joint project is to obtain as much information as possible on the handling characteristics of slush hydrogen. The information will then be integrated into functional and future design considerations for hydrogen using vehicles.