Catalytic Decomposition of Gaseous Byproducts from Heat Melt Waste Compaction

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNA05CQ90C
Agency Tracking Number: 040701
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: B3.06
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Umpqua Research Company
P.O. Box 609, Myrtle Creek, OR, 97457-0102
DUNS: 794233262
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Akse
 Principal Investigator
 (541) 863-2653
 akse@urcmail.net
Business Contact
 John Aker
Title: Business Official
Phone: (541) 863-2655
Email: aker@urcmail.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Volume reduction is a critical element of Solid Waste Management for manned spacecraft and planetary habitations. To this end, a Heat Melt Compaction System is under development at Ames Research Center. During the heating process, certain volatile organic vapors are produced. Here we propose the development of a catalytic system for the treatment of these gaseous byproducts which will decomposed volatile organics into harmless inorganic substances such as carbon dioxide and water. These products may then be rerouted to the Life Support System for reduction to produce water (from CO2), and electrolysis of water to yield oxygen. Feasibility of the catalytic methods will be demonstrated during the Phase I research. The follow-on Phase II effort will result in the design, assembly, rigorous testing, and delivery to NASA of a prototype system, sized to operate in conjunction with the NASA developed compaction system.

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