A Description and Assessment of Intermodule Ventilation as Planned for International Space Station Alpha
The International Space Station Alpha (ISSA) conceptual design has several notable differences from previous Space Station design efforts. One key difference centers around the Intermodule Ventilation (IMV). While previous IMV designs incorporated standalone ducts at each element-to-element interface, the present approach includes several IMV ducts which are configured into the central Temperature and Humidity Control (THC) ducting networks. A simplified analytic technique is presented, which assesses compliance of the overall IMV approach to the established requirement which limits IMV short circuiting to a maximum of 40% at a fan flow rate of 140 cfm. Test results (from the Space Station Freedom IMV Test) and theoretical performance results are input to the analytic technique.