A FEASIBILITY STUDY ON THE CONVERSION OF CO AND CO2 TO METHANE IN A GRAVITY-FREE ENVIRONMENT

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$50,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N/A
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
1987
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
5045
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
X2y2 Corpon
5765 Uplander Way, Culver City, CA, 90230
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 () -
Business Contact
 Dr. Walter W. Yuen
Title: Investigator
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THIS PROJECT PROPOSES TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF CONVERTINGCO AND CO2, NATURAL BY-PRODUCTS OF MEN AND OTHER "ENGINES" IN SPACE, INTO USABLE FUELS SUCH AS METHANE. A SURVEY WILL BE CONDUCTED TO IDENTIFY THE SUITABLE REACTIONS FOR THE PROCESS. THE THERMODYNAMICS OF THE CANDIDATE REACTIONS AND THE EFFECTIVENESS OF VARIOUS CATALYSTS WILL BE STUDIED. THEEFFECT OF A GRAVITY-FREE ENVIRONMENT WILL BE ADDRESSED. A SMALL PARTICLE/GAS MIXTURE WILL BE UTILIZED AS THE WORKING FLUID FOR THE PROPOSED CONVERSION PROCESS. THE HEAT/MASS TRANSFER AND FLOW CHARACTERISTICS FOR THE MIXTURE IN A GRAVITY-FREE ENVIRONMENT WILL BE IDENTIFIED. A PRELIMINARY DESIGN OF A SMALL PARTICLE/GAS CATALYTIC THERMAL REACTOR (SPCTR) FOR METHANE PRODUCTION IN SPACE WILLBE PROPOSED AND ITS GENERAL FEASIBILITY FOR PRACTICAL APPLICATION WILL BE EVALUATED.

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