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LUNAR OXYGEN PRODUCTION FROM ILMENITE

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
1792
Program Year/Program:
1986 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
1792
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Carbotek Inc
16223 Park Row Suite 100 Houston, TX 77084
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1986
Title: LUNAR OXYGEN PRODUCTION FROM ILMENITE
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $497,500.00
 

Abstract:

DEVELOPMENT OF A LUNAR OXYGEN PRODUCTION SYSTEM BY DIRECT HYDROGEN REDUCTION OF ILMENITE AND VAPOR-PHASE ELECTROLYSIS OF RESULTANT WATER VAPOR IS THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROJECT; A BY-PRODUCT, FETIO2, SUITABLE FOR SHIELDING MATERIAL IS PRODUCED AS WELL. TWO PROCESSES--CONTINUOUS FLUID-BED REDUCTION AND SEMI-CONTINUOUS FIXED-BED REDUCTION--ARE TO BE INVESTIGATED INITIALLY. THE FLUID-BED REACTOR WITH HEAT EXCHANGE OFFERS GOOD GAS-SOLIDS HEAT INTEGRATION, BUT SUFFERS FROM EQUILIBRIUM CONVERSION LIMITATIONS. THE FIXED-BED REACTOR OVERCOMES THE EQUILIBRIUM CONVERSION LIMITATION WHEN EQUIPPED FOR HEAT REMOVAL AND WATER CONDENSING, BUT THIS SACRIFICES THE HEAT INTEGRATION. THEREFORE, IT IS IMPORTANT TO COMPARE BOTH TECHNIQUES. PHASE I RESULTS SHOULD ENABLE DESIGN OF CONTINUOUS PROTOTYPE EXPERIMENTS IN PHASE II TO DEMONSTRATE PROCESS FEASIBILITY. PHASE II WOULD INCLUDE DESIGN OF PHASE III SHUTTLE BAY TESTS OF CRITICAL COMPONENTS TO CONFIRM PERFORMANCE FOR LUNAR GRAVITY, VACUUM AND HEAT TRANSFER CONDITIONS.

Principal Investigator:

Michael A. Gibson
Investigator
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Carbotek Inc.
2916 West T.c. Jester Houston, TX 77018

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No