NOVEL APPROACH TO THE ELECTROLYSIS OF OXIDES

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$497,610.00
Award Year:
1994
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
16932
Agency Tracking Number:
16932
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Rd 3 Roundtop Rd, Export, PA, 15632
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
ELECTROLYSIS OF LUNAR OXIDES DISSOLVED IN A MOLTEN ELECTROLYTE IS A PROMISING APPROACH TO PRODUCING OXYGEN ON THE MOON FOR PROPULSION AND SUSTAINING HUMAN LIFE. MOLTEN FLUORIDES HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED TO BE ELECTROLYTES IN THE PAST, BECAUSE OF THEIR RELATIVELY LOW MELTING POINT AND THEIR HIGH SPECIFIC ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY. A PROPERLY SELECTED ALL-OXIDE ELECTROLYTE MAY HAVE SIMILAR BENEFICIAL PROPERTIES AND ADDITIONAL ADVANTAGES IN CRITICAL AREAS OF THE ELECTROCHEMICAL PROCESS. THIS PROJECT THUS INVOLVES THE STUDY OF OXIDE MELTS AND THEIR APPLICATION TO THE ELECTROLYSIS OF OXIDE MIXTURES AS THEY OCCUR IN READILY AVAILABLE LUNAR RESOURCES. ELECTROLYSIS OF LUNAR OXIDES DISSOLVED IN A MOLTEN ELECTROLYTE IS A PROMISING APPROACH TO PRODUCING OXYGEN ON THE MOON FOR PROPULSION AND SUSTAINING HUMAN LIFE. MOLTEN FLUORIDES HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED TO BE ELECTROLYTES IN THE PAST, BECAUSE OF THEIR RELATIVELY LOW MELTING POINT AND THEIR HIGH SPECIFIC ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY. A PROPERLY SELECTED ALL-OXIDE ELECTROLYTE MAY HAVE SIMILAR BENEFICIAL PROPERTIES AND ADDITIONAL ADVANTAGES IN CRITICAL AREAS OF THE ELECTROCHEMICAL PROCESS. THIS PROJECT THUS INVOLVES THE STUDY OF OXIDE MELTS AND THEIR APPLICATION TO THE ELECTROLYSIS OF OXIDE MIXTURES AS THEY OCCUR IN READILY AVAILABLE LUNAR RESOURCES.

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