Linear Dynamic Analysis of the Space Station Freedom Thermal/Environmental Control System 921262
A methodology for dynamic analysis of the Space Station Freedom thermal/ environmental control system is described which uses linear system analysis techniques to determine the ability of the system to accommodate thermal load transients. A nonlinear integrated model of the system as it exists at Stage 6, Man Tended Capability (MTC), is described which encompasses the cabin air cooling system, avionics air cooling system, internal and external thermal control systems. The nonlinear model is linearized at an assumed design operating point, and the linear model is evaluated by comparison with the nonlinear model. Transfer functions are derived to determine the response of the heat rejection system to time-varying thermal loads applied at various points in the heat acquisition system. The frequency response calculated from the transfer functions is used to determine allowable operating envelopes of thermal load magnitude and frequency for each point of application of thermal load. The dynamic operating envelopes provide a quantitative indication of the degree and duration of peak loads which the thermal/environmental system is able to transport and reject.