Investigation of HVAC Systems in Low Gravity Application

by David L. Sharp, Daniel Inc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space II


This paper has been developed to identify and summarize the principal areas of investigation necessary to design and install functional HVAC systems in low gravity applications. These investigations must consider design, construction and control details and restrictions for systems and components. Included in these investigations should be subjects such as the mechanics of prime movers in lunar gravity, temperature and pressure requirements, air distribution methods and physical size, transport velocity requirements, resources recovery interface with life support systems and both energy consumption and conservation. A suggestion of priorities for the investigations is presented. These priorities have been established to support development of basic design criteria and methods for functional HVAC systems. Further investigation of more detailed subjects can be performed at a later date.

Subject Headings: Space life support systems | HVAC | Space exploration | Moon | Pressure distribution | Velocity distribution | Space colonies | Aerospace engineering

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