Test Loops for Two-Phase Thermal Management System Components 901272

Two mechanically pumped two-phase test rigs were built at NLR in order to experimentally study critical issues of spacecraft two-phase thermal management systems:
  • a 5 kW, 31 mm ID, freon loop, focusing on the critical components of the ESA Two-Phase Heat Transport System.
  • a 300 W, 4.93 mm ID, ammonia loop, to support the development of the ESA Capillary Pumped Loop Experiment (for the in-orbit demonstration of two-phase heat transport system technology) and to experimentally support two-phase thermal modelling and scaling activities.
The rigs are described in detail. Typical test results are presented.


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