Waste Incineration for Resource Recovery in a Bioregenerative Life Support System 972429
For the last two years, the University of Utah and Reaction Engineering International, in cooperation with NASA Ames Research Center (ARC), have been developing a waste incineration system for regenerative life support systems. The system is designed to burn inedible plant biomass and human waste. The goal is to obtain an exhaust gas clean enough to recycle to either the plant or human habitats. The incineration system, a fluidized bed reactor, has been designed for a 4-person mission. This paper will detail the design of the units. In addition, results will be presented from testing at the University of Utah. Presently, the unit has been shipped to Ames Research Center for more tests prior to delivery to Johnson Space Center for testing in a 90-day, 4-person test.
Citation: Lighty, J., Burton, B., Sirdeshpande, A., lnkley, D. et al., "Waste Incineration for Resource Recovery in a Bioregenerative Life Support System," SAE Technical Paper 972429, 1997, https://doi.org/10.4271/972429. Download Citation
JoAnn S. Lighty, Bill Burton, Avinash Sirdeshpande, Dale lnkley, David Pershing, Jacob Brouwer, Gary Kemp, Michael P. Heap, John Fisher, Suresh Pisharody
University of Utah, Reaction Engineering International, NASA Ames Research Center
International Conference On Environmental Systems