High Efficiency, High Output Plastic Melt Waste Compactor (HEHO-PMWC)

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$650,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX11CA25C
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
094539
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
X2.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
WI, Madison, WI, 53717-1961
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
196894869
Principal Investigator:
JeffJohnson
Principal Investigator
(608) 229-2828
johnsonj@orbitec.com
Business Contact:
ThomasCrabb
Business Official
(608) 608-5000
crabbt@orbitec.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
The innovative High Efficiency, High Output Plastic Melt Waste Compactor (HEHO-PMWC) is a trash dewatering and volume reduction system that uses heat melt compaction to remove nearly 100% of water from trash and reduce the volume by up to 11 times. The HEHO-PMWC system incorporates novel methods to compress the trash, recover water, and remove the resultant plastic tiles. This system requires access to power, data, and cooling interfaces. The system is suitable for recovering water and compacting all trash sources on the ISS. The system has also been designed to recover water from brine solutions produced by primary wastewater processing systems.The HEHO-PMWC works by heating and compressing trash simultaneously to first remove water and then to melt plastic in the trash. The melted plastic encapsulates the trash into a 16 inch square tile, approximately½ inch thick. The square tile is easier to store than a round tile and is a more effective radiation shield.Variables such as transport vehicle availability, ISS mass, power and space availability, and ISS cooling capabilities were considered. The resulting HEHO-PWMC system, proposed here, was sized to process 3-4 kg of trash per batch while operating three times per day.

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