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
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
5045
Agency Tracking Number:
5045
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
5765 Uplander Way, Culver City, CA, 90230
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
Dr. Walter W. Yuen
Investigator
() -
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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