Development of the Pump and Flow Control Subassembly for the Space Station Photovoltaic Thermal Control 961388

The International Space Station Alpha Electrical Power System has a thermal control system to remove heat from the batteries and power distribution electronics. A major subsystem of this thermal loop is the Pump and Flow Control Subassembly (PFCS) which functions as an ammonia fluid distribution and control subsystem. This paper will detail the development, construction and operational performances of the PFCS hydraulic elements operating with an ammonia fluid. These elements include flow meter, accumulator, flow control valve, and pumps. The electronics which are utilized to operate these hydraulic elements will also be described. The combination of these hydraulic and electronic elements form a subassembly to safely control a hazardous, low viscosity fluid.


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