Enhanced Brine Dewatering System

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNJ07JB23C
Agency Tracking Number: 065970
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: X3.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Orbital Technologies Corporation
1212 Fourier Drive, Madison, WI, 53717-1961
DUNS: 196894869
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William Butrymowicz
 Principal Investigator
 (608) 229-2736
 butrymowiczb@orbitec.com
Business Contact
 Thomas Crabb
Title: Business Official
Phone: (608) 827-5000
Email: johnsond@orbitec.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The purpose of the Enhanced Brine Dewatering System (EBDS) is to provide an easily scalable means of completely recovering usable water from byproducts created by reverse osmosis water purification systems without the use of consumable wicks. Extended duration Lunar and Mars missions will require the conservation and recovery of water to allow for autonomous closed environments that in turn can dramatically reduce launch mass and reduce stowage volumes. The EBDS will build on previous developments in condensing heat exchangers to establish reliable, passive, and energy-efficient methods for recovering water by focusing on the phase separation methods employed at the brine evaporator. The EBDS uses evaporation surfaces treated with antifouling agents to eliminate biological growth and hydrophilic coatings to increase efficiency. These surface treatments are also employed at the condensing heat exchanger. In addition to limiting bio-fouling the brine evaporation system is designed to completely and autonomously recover usable water and isolate waste salts. Crew interaction is limited to periodically removing the bio-isolated waste byproducts from the system.

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