Supercritical Water Oxidation: Space Applications

by Glenn T. Hong, MODAR Inc, United States,
William R. Killilea, MODAR Inc, United States,
Terry B. Thomason, MODAR Inc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space


The process of Supercritical Water Oxidation (SCWO) is approaching terrestrial commercialization for the destruction of toxic and hazardous waste chemicals. The technology appears promising for use in space applications, where its primary functions would be aqueous waste treatment, potable water product, and possibly facility atmosphere purification. The present paper discusses some of the considerations for the use of SCWO in space facilities.

Subject Headings: Space life support systems | Space exploration | Water treatment | Oxidation | Drinking water | Waste treatment plants | Waste treatment

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