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
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 5045
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1987
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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5765 Uplander Way, Culver City, CA, 90230
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
 Dr. Walter W. Yuen
Title: Investigator
Phone: () -
Research Institution
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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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