Fluid Behavior Considerations for Waste Management in Low-Gravity Environments

by Anthony M. Wachinski, USAF Acad, United States,
Kurt T. Preston, USAF Acad, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


Design of waste recycling systems for spacecraft requires a knowledge of fluid behavior in microgravity. As gravity is reduced, phenomena usually ignored in the One-G environment of earth can dominate physical or biological processes. This paper provides an explanation of Zero-G, microgravity terminology, and microgravity fluid behavior. Its purpose is to educate civil engineers and waste management professionals on Zero-G basics.

Subject Headings: Waste management | Fluid dynamics | Space stations | Recycling | Water reclamation | Biological processes | Terminology and definition | Personnel management

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